Facts of Mablean Ephriam
Emmy-nominated Mablean Ephriam is best-known to her audience as the judge from Divorce Court, the courtroom show that has adorned American TV since 1957. Ephriam adjudicated for the series from 1999 to 2006 but has also graced TV and movie screens in other roles.
Early Life and Education
Mablean Ephriam was born to parents Robert Ephriam and Mable Ephriam on April 23, 1949. While born in the southern state of Mississippi, Ephriam and her two siblings were raised in California.
She completed her high school from Thomas Jefferson High School. She went on to study undergraduate at Pitzer College under a four-year academic scholarship. Finally, she received her law degree from Whittier Law School in 1978.
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After her law degree, Ephriam passed her bar examination on her first attempt and was duly admitted to the state Bar of California in November, 1978 as a Los Angeles prosecuting attorney. She was admitted into the United States Supreme Court in 1992 after a steady progress in her profession.
Her beginning lay in Federal Bureau of Prisons where she served as a Correctional Officer in the Women’s Prison at Terminal Island. In 1982, she began her own law practice. The practice mainly dealt with personal injury and family law cases which lay the groundwork for her later work in Television.
Transition into TV Career
In 1999, Ephriam joined the revived Divorce Court as the judge. The phrase “Look deep before you leap” became her trademark. She earned a fan following for her witty remarks, her practical advice and firm attitude in her courtroom. Her introduction into television led her to new career heights. She worked in the show for seven successful seasons before leaving in 2006.
After Divorce Court, Ephriam made her return to TV as the judge in an Entertainment Studios show Justice with Judge Mablean in 2014. Carrying her name, the show continues to air.
Ephriam is also known for her appearances as judge in the Madea movies. Additionally, her expertise has made her a public speaker that is much sought after.
Awards and Nominations
Ephriam has collected many accolades in both her legal and television career. Along with her numerous legal awards such as Outstanding Service-National Association of University Women (1985), she has been nominated to daytime Emmys.
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Personal Life and Net Worth
Ephriam was married to Cassuis Paxton until their divorce in 1981. They married at a young age. Ephriam is a loving mother to four children and doting grandmother to ten grandchildren. The couple’s daughter Tajamika “Taj” Paxton has collaborated professionally with her mother in the programme Life After. Taj Paxton enjoys much success as a producer and writer.
The 70-year-old former attorney has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
Contributions to Charitable Causes
Mablean Ephriam founded the Honoring Unsung Fathers (HUF) Awards and Scholarship Brunch that has been running yearly since 2004. The HUF awards is given out on Father’s day. She also runs the Mablean Ephriam Foundation as its president, a non-profit founded by her to help impoverished residents of her home county Los Angeles. The foundation’s mission is towards education and financial empowerment of communities in need.
Ephriam is also an entrepreneur. She owns Mablean’s Limousine Services. She is also the co-owner of the successful Bed & Breakfast “Jubilane Guest House” in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She has also released the books "Look Deep Before You Leap" and "Life Lessons – Tools for Weekly Living". Based on her life experience, these books give advice on life and healthy relationships.
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