Myrna Colley-Lee: Where is Morgan Freeman’s ex-wife now?

Myrna Colley-Lee

Myrna Colley-Lee is a Costume designer and Morgan Freeman’s ex-wife. Myrna Colley-Lee’s ex-husband is an American actor, producer, and narrator. He is known for his distinctive deep voice and various roles in a wide variety of film genres. Regarded as one of the most popular actors of his time, he has won multiple honors throughout the course of his more than five decades career, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. The Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award was given to him in 2018, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2011, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012, and the Kennedy Center Honor in 2008.

Myrna Colley-Lee: Bio Summary

Full NameMyrna Colley-Lee
famous as*Costume Designer
* Morgan Freeman’s ex-wife
Age 82 years old as of 2023
Date of Birth1941
Place of Birth Hamlet, North Carolina, United States
Zodiac signN/A
EthnicityAfrican American
spouse Morgan Freeman (m. 1984–2010)

How old is Myrna Colley-Lee?

Myrna Colley-Lee was born in 1941 in Hamlet, North Carolina, United States. As of 2023, she is 82 years old. While there isn’t much information available regarding her parents and her life growing up, Myrna earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina. She went on to get her master’s degree in scenic and costume design from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Morgan Freeman’s ex-wife is a Costume Designer

While many people might be familiar with Morgan and are always excited to see him on their screens, his ex-wife Myrna has also led an exciting life in the film industry and is also in showbiz, just like her ex-husband but spent most of his life behind the cameras. As a costume designer, she has worked for many television shows and movies.

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Her expertise led her to work for theatrical productions, such as ‘The Piano Lesson,’ ‘Forest City’ and ‘Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White’. According to her IMDb page, Myrna Colley-Lee is also known for Frederick Douglass: An American Life (1985) and 60 Minutes (1968). Aside from Costumes, she has also worked as an art director and set designer who has worked for several productions.

Morgan Freeman and his ex-wife Myrna Colley-Lee’s marriage

Myrna is the second woman, the legendary actor took to the alter. Before Myrna, Morgan Freeman was married to  Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. Bradshaw and Freeman called their marriage a quit in 1979 after being together for more than a decade. A few years later, Myrna Colley-Lee and Morgan Freeman met each other through a mutual friend and it wasn’t a surprise they started a relationship afterward as they were both working in the same industry.

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Colley-Lee and Freeman tied the knot on June 16, 1984. After their marriage, the loved-up couple moved to Tallahatchie Country in northern Mississippi to live a peaceful life away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Freeman and Colley-Lee also raised Freeman’s step-granddaughter from his first marriage, E’dena Hines.

Their Million Dollar Divorce

In 2007, multiple outlets reported that the cute Hollywood couple was getting a divorce after 26 years of being married. The reasons for the separation were not expressly stated, but rumors had it that it was due to Freeman’s infidelity, which he subsequently denied.

The news of their divorce gained national interest in 2008 when many tabloids claimed that the “The Shawshank Redemption” actor was having an affair with a schoolteacher named Mary Joyce Hays. Moreover, rumors of Morgan’s love affair with his step-granddaughter Hines hit the headlines during the ugly divorce between the couple. However, both Hines and Freeman have denied the allegations calling it fake news.

The couple’s divorce battle continued for almost three years, and it was reported that Morgan Freeman and his ex-wife Myrna Colley-Lee split could have cost him nearly 100 million dollars. When the divorce was finalized, the attorney representing Freeman expressed that everyone was happy it was over.

Though it was originally speculated that Myrna would receive a $170 million settlement, but some source says she got much more than that– some even quoted a whopping $400 million as the settlement.

Morgan Freeman and his ex-wife Myrna Colley-Lee didn’t have any children

The ex-couple hasn’t given birth to a child of their own. However, she played the role of a stepmother to four children- Alfonso Freeman, Morgana FreemanSaifoulaye Freeman, and Deena Freeman from Morgan’s previous marriages. As said earlier, Myrna Colley-Lee and Freeman had adopted E’dena Hines. Hines is the granddaughter of Morgan Freeman.

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Unfortunately, E’dena Hines was murded in cold blood by her boyfriend in 2015. Soon after the tragic incident, Myrna rushed to Hines’s apartment in Manhattan. Seeing her daughter lying on the ground breathless must have been the most heart-wrenching moment of her life.

Where is Myrna Colley-Lee now?

After Myrna passed through the ugly legal divorce battle with her ex-husband Freeman, she now living a very private life away from the Hollywood camaras. After the divorce, she now seem to has focused more on her personal and career goals. She as said earlier is an art director and a set and a costume designer. Besides, out of the work sphere, she serves as the commissioner for the Missouri Art Commission that offers financial aid to art programs in the Mississippi state.

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