When you are a megastar in Hollywood, the spotlight shines not only on you but extends to those around you, especially your spouse. Such is the case for Morgan Freeman whose now ex-wife Myrna Colley-Lee has garnered a bit of attention since the news of their divorce hit the airwaves. In this article, we will reveal all you should know about Morgan Freeman’s ex-wife and the debacle of their union which lasted for over two decades.
Who Is Myrna Colley-Lee?
Myrna Colley-Lee might be best known as Morgan Freeman’s ex-wife but she does have a life of her own. For one, she wasn’t just the housewife of the Hollywood star but had a career going on for her as well. She was born in a small town called Hamlet in North Carolina in the year 1941.
Myrna Colley-Lee is many things, among them a costume designer, an artist as well as a philanthropist. She attended the University of North Carolina’s Woman’s College from where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in arts education.
She began her career as a costume designer and worked for various films. Colleen worked on Relativity and Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, as well as on August Wilson’s play, Radio Golf,’ at the Public Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In a bid to get ahead in her career, Myrna Colley-Lee returned to school, this time Brooklyn College in New York where she studied scene painting and properties. Fast forward to 1980, Myrna Colley-Lee had bagged a master’s degree in scenic and costume design from Philadelphia’s Temple University.
All You Should Know About Morgan Freeman’s Ex-Wife
1. Myrna Colley-Lee and Morgan Freeman were Introduced by a Mutual Friend
Having active careers in Hollywood, it was highly possible that Morgan and Myrna could be friends with the same people and such was the case for the two who had a mutual friend that brought them together. Myrna and Freeman dated for a while before their romance blossomed into marriage. Their wedding held on the 16th of June 1984.
Though both had careers in Hollywood, they chose to begin their lives in Tallahatchie County in northern Mississippi rather than in the glitz and glam of Hollywood.
2. Myrna Filed for Divorce in 2007
After exactly 23 years of marriage, Mryna Colley-Lee filed for divorce from Morgan. The news of their separation didn’t hit the news until after it was reported that Morgan was injured in a car accident in Mississippi. It was a statement from Morgan’s lawyer, Bill Luckett as seen on The Clarion-Ledger that the two were separated.
Following three years of divorce proceedings, Myrna’s divorce from Morgan was finalized in 2010. Morgan’s attorney, William R. Wright would later tell the press that both parties were satisfied with the final terms of the divorce. As part of the property split, Myrna Colley-Lee got his $7.0 million house in the British Virgin Islands, as well as two other apartments, one in New York’s Central Park and the other in Los Angeles.
3. Morgan Freeman Allegedly Cheated on Myrna Multiple Times
Though the reason for the couple’s divorce was not made public, rumors went round that it was as a result of Morgan’s infidelity. He was allegedly in an extra-marital relationship with a certain school teacher named, Mary Joyce Hays.
Morgan was also accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with his step-granddaughter, E’ Dina Hines. The accusation was made by Hines boyfriend who allegedly murdered her in cold blood. Morgan has denied all the accusations.
4. Myrna was Morgan’s Second Wife and they had no Kids
Myrna Colley-Lee was Morgan Freeman’s second wife. The Oscar winner was previously married to a certain Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from 1967 to 1979. Despite staying married for over two decades, Myrna and Morgan never had a child of their own. Instead, they adopted his stepdaughter, his step-granddaughter, E’ Dina Hines. Myrna was quite close with E’Dina Hines as well as Morgan’s other grandchildren.
5. Myrna Colley-Lee is a Philanthropist
Myrna Colley-Lee’s work as an artist also had her get involved in philanthropic efforts. She serves as a commissioner for the Rock River Foundation, a philanthropic organization for the arts.