Essence Magazine reports,

Comedian Steve Harvey and wife Marjorie cover the latest issue of Essence and talk about his success with his popular syndicated radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show; the legendary Family Feud; and his daytime TV talk show, The Steve Harvey Show, now in its second season. Add to that his sold-out stand up gigs and two bestselling relationship books and there’s no denying that Harvey is on a serious hot streak.

Yet, when one asks what the secret to his success is, he is clear: “Everything I have,” he says and points to his wife of seven years, “is because of this girl right here.”

It was love at first sight for Harvey, as he watched Marjorie walk into the Memphis comedy club he was playing, and he let his feelings be known right then and there. He stood onstage and announced to her, “I don’t know who you are but I’m going to marry you.” Marjorie’s moment of clarity came a few weeks later. “I knew he was The One shortly after I started dated him…but then he just left. Disappeared.”

This was in 1990. Like most relationships, their love story is not without its obstacles. Harvey wasn’t in a good place yet financially and needed to work on his career. “Before a man can be of use to a woman…he’s got to know who he is, what he does and how much he’s going to make.” The two reconnected in 2005. His second marriage just ended, as did his six-year run as star of the sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, and it was a whole new ballgame. Two years later—17 years after his powerful onstage prediction that he’d one day marry her—and the two were wed.

“Every great man has a woman… I didn’t say successful man, I said great man. Yeah, maybe you’re successful if you sign a $16 million NBA contract. But greatness is when you’re the husband and father you’re supposed to be. When everyone surrounding you looks up to you, depends on you, and you come through for them. That’s greatness.”

“Do you think Dr. Martin Luther King was anything without Coretta? You take Michelle out of Barack Obama’s equation, and he is a whole other dude out there.”

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LA Times reports

Richard Dawson, the British actor who went from comedy co-star in the popular TV series “Hogan’s Heroes” to his best-known role as the charming host of the TV game show “Family Feud” with his trademark of kissing the female contestants on the lips, has died. He was 79.

Dawson died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from complications related to esophageal cancer. The actor, who had been living in Beverly Hills, was diagnosed with the disease about three weeks ago, said his son Gary.

“The way he was on the game show was the way he was in real life,” Gary Dawson said Sunday. “He was always rooting for people — he not only wanted people to win, but to have a comfortable, great experience.”

Dawson’s easy-going style topped with a Cockney accent were evident in his early films in the 1960s such as “King Rat,” “Munster Go Home” and “The Devil’s Brigade,” while his quick wit distinguished him both as a game show contestant in the 1970s on “Match Game” and “I’ve Got A Secret,” and as a performer on “The New Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” where he was a regular cast member for two years.

The actor gained much of his popularity with American audiences from “Hogan’s Heroes,” the CBS series about a World War II prisoner-of-war camp that ran from 1965 to 1971. Dawson played Cpl. Peter Newkirk, an expert safecracker who was also adept at picking pockets.

The series was a big hit. “‘Hogan’s Heroes’ lasted longer than the war,” Dawson said in a 2009 interview with The Times.

But it was as the original host of “Family Feud,” the game show that pits two families against each other in a trivia quiz, that Dawson made his biggest impression. Displaying a smooth and upbeat demeanor, Dawson hosted the ABC daytime version and the first syndicated version from 1976 to 1985. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for his performance in 1978.

Steve Harvey announced that he will retire from stand up next year at the 2012 Hoodie Awards.

The news came after reading an email on the air from a listener who had heard Steve was quitting his syndicated radio show.

“This is my Jamaican background,”Harvey joked.  “I don’t quit no job. No, sir. That’s not me.”

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