Mablean Ephriam Biography
Mablean Ephriam whose full name is Mablean Deloris Ephriam, Esq. is a former Los Angeles prosecuting attorney. She is well known for her seven seasons as an adjudicator in the courtroom drama Divorce Court, which aired from 1999 to 2006. In the 2006-07 season of the show, she was replaced by Judge Lynn Toler. Ephriam is also well-known for her roles as a judge in Tyler Perry’s Madea movies.
Mablean Ephriam Age
Ephriam is 72 years old as of 2021. She was born on April 23, 1949, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States. She celebrates her birthday on 23rd April every year.
Mablean Ephriam Height
Ephriam stands at a height of 1.7 meters.
Mablean Ephriam Family
Ephriam was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi to Mable Ephriam and Robert T. Ephriam. However, she was raised in Los Angeles, California, from the age of six. She lost her mother in February 2010. She has six siblings; Robert Allen Ephriam, Mae Ephriam Stewart, Lee Ola Wade, Richard Carl Ephriam, Frank Charles Ephriam and Marilyn Walker.
Mablean Ephriam Husband
She was married to Cassuis Paxton upto 1981 when the two got divorced. However, not much is known about her ex-husband. We will be sure to keep you updated once this information is available to us.
Mablean Ephriam Daughter
She was blessed with a daughter from her marriage by the name Tajamika Paxton an American writer, director and producer.
Mablean Ephriam Net Worth
Ephriam has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars which she has earned through her career as a prosecuting attorney.
Mablean Ephriam Salary
Details of her annual salary are still under review.
Mablean Ephriam Education
Ephriam graduated with honors from Thomas Jefferson High School in South Central Los Angeles. For her undergraduate studies, she was awarded a four-year academic scholarship to Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She took a sabbatical from school after marrying and having four children, working in a variety of occupations before receiving her Juris Doctor degree from Whittier College School of Law in 1978. She was admitted to the California State Bar in November 1978, after passing the State Bar exams for the first time.
Mablean Ephriam Divorce Court
Despite the fact that she had never served as a judge before presiding over Divorce Court, she brought tremendous legal experience and understanding to the series. She began her legal career as a prison officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Women’s Division. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1978 after taking night studies at Whittier Law School. Mablean started her own law firm in 1982, focusing on personal injury and family law disputes. She quickly advanced through the ranks of the Los Angeles Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
Ephriam was named the show’s arbitrator in 1999, when the television courtroom series Divorce Court (the longest program in the court show genre) was revived for the third time for a 17th season. She was the first celebrity to appear on the reality show Divorce Court. The show has previously relied on dramatic reenactments of real-life divorce disputes. She was also the series’ first African-American and female president. From the 1999–00 season until the 2005–06 season, Ephriam presided over Divorce Court for 7 seasons.
Ephriam was known for her wit when sitting over Divorce Court. Ephriam’s distinctive and unusual voice frequently made her audience chuckle, as did their fury and amazement at the ex-extreme couple’s and bizarre behavior. On Divorce Court, Ephriam’s catchphrase was “Look deep before you leap,” advising would-be spouses to closely evaluate each other’s habits and attitudes before deciding to marry. While Ephriam encouraged her litigants to discuss sensitive subjects in order to get to the root of their divorce, she was quick to restore order in her courtroom when things went out of hand, and she admonished her litigants for disrespectful behavior toward her and each other in court. Ephriam would quit Divorce Court at the end of the 2005–06 season (her seventh behind the bench) in March 2006, purportedly because she and the show’s producers couldn’t come to an agreement on a contract extension. She objected to the show’s refusal to raise her compensation, among other things.
Ephriam also claimed that she was barred from changing her hairstyle for the duration of the following television season, claiming that the network justified this by claiming that her hairstyles were too time-consuming for their hair and makeup crew. “When will FOX and the rest of America recognize our cultural uniqueness as African Americans and welcome us with all of our diverse haircuts, hair textures, and hair color,” Ephriam said in a news release.
Judge Lynn Toler, a former judge from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who presided over the short-lived syndicated courtroom TV show Power of Attorney, was appointed in her place. Toler stated on Bailiff Byrd’s Bonding with Byrd web series that she likes Ephriam, that the two have had cordial contacts, and that she later resigned due to her personal objections to Divorce Court production.
Mablean Ephriam Madea films
Ephriam is most known as Madea’s court judge in the Madea films, where he portrays a tough and stern judge who constantly presides over the many cases Madea finds herself in, all of which are the result of her violent and destructive behavior. Madea is never sentenced to prison; instead, she receives harsh but less severe punishments such as house arrest, becoming a foster mother to a troubled teen (played by Keke Palmer), and attending Doctor Phil’s treatment sessions. Ephriam appeared in the film adaptation of the play Diary of a Mad Black Woman for a brief scene. In both Madea’s Family Reunion and Madea Goes to Jail, she played the same judge character. Like a judge, she pronounces her first name “may-BLENE,” as in Chuck Berry’s song “Maybellene.”
Justice with Judge Mablean
Ephriam returned to television in the fall of 2014 with a new courtroom drama created by Entertainment Studios. It is Entertainment Studios’ fifth courtroom series, airing in syndication and on the ES Justice Central network. The show is shot in Culver City, California.
Mablean Ephriam Movies and TV shows
- Celebrity Fit Club
- Diary of a Mad Black Woman
- Justice With Judge Mablean
- Divorce Court 1957 and 1999
Mablean Ephriam Foundation
Mablean Ephriam Foundation is a charity organization that offers financial empowerment, educates minds and strengthening families. We Have a Dream Television show.
Judge Mablean Ephriam Preaching
Ephriam is a longtime member of the Church Of God In Christ where she can often be seen preaching from time to time. To watch some of his sermons please click here.