Mablean Ephriam
American judge
Mablean Ephriam
Mablean Deloris Ephriam, Esq. is a former Los Angeles prosecuting attorney. She was the adjudicator of the courtroom series Divorce Court from 1999 through the 2005-06 season. She was replaced by Lynn Toler in the show's 2006-07 season. While presiding over Divorce Court, Ephriam was noted for her many humorous moments.
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Divorce Court Judge to Speak at UCHS Next Week -
Google News - over 5 years
Judge Mablean Ephriam will talk give a talk about on the topic of parent and school partnership for student success. By Myra Lopez Ephriam will talk to parents about partnering with their child's school to promote student success
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*It was five years ago that Fox Television made the sudden announcement that its beloved Judge Mablean Ephriam of “Divorce Court” had “decided to step down after seven years” – a statement that the daytime TV fixture immediately denied in a retaliatory
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR - L.A. Watts Times (subscription)
Google News - almost 6 years
There will be a special guest appearance by Mablean Ephriam, who presided as judge of “Divorce Court” for seven seasons. The event will also include face painting, balloon animals, LA Idol (a singing competition) and several vendors
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Longtime pastor honored for perseverance to ministry - Rome News Tribune
Google News - almost 6 years
Judge Mablean Ephriam, formerly of “Divorce Court,” spoke in honor of Jackson. In the spirit of Mother's Day, Ephriam exhorted the predominately female crowd to get involved in their communities and to support law enforcement
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SPOTLIGHT; Law and Disorder in the Divorce Court
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Unlike Judy Sheindlin on ''Judge Judy,'' Mablean Ephriam is not a real judge, but she plays one on TV. Her show is ''Divorce Court,'' two syndicated half-hour slots piggybacked for a double dose of domestic dispute on weekday mornings (at 10 a.m. on Channel 5 in New York). Ms. Ephriam, 50, once a divorce lawyer and mediator in Los Angeles, presides
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mablean Ephriam
  • 2014
    Age 64
    In the fall of 2014, Ephriam returned to TV with a new court room series, produced by Entertainment Studios.
    More Details Hide Details Aired on cable channel Justice Central and ABC stations, it is the fifth courtroom series from Entertainment Studios.
    Ephriam returned to television in fall 2014 with a new courtroom series titled after her, Justice with Judge Mablean.
    More Details Hide Details The series, produced by Entertainment Studios, is airing on the Justice Central cable channel and syndicated on various stations. It is the fifth courtroom series from Entertainment Studios. Her daughter is writer/director/producer Tajamika Paxton. Ephriam was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi but raised in Los Angeles, California from the age of 6 years old. Although Ephriam had never actually served as a judge before presiding on Divorce Court, she came to the series with significant legal experience and knowledge of the law. She started her law career as a corrections officer in the Women's Division of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  • 2010
    Age 60
    Ephriam hosted an annual event on Father's Day called The H.U.F. Awards, where she leads a star-studded community celebration of otherwise unsung fathers. In June 2010, Ephriam expressed joy and appreciation for the event on The Jazz Joy and Roy syndicated radio show.
    More Details Hide Details Ephriam also appeared on the first season of Celebrity Fit Club where she went from 208 lbs to 183, losing 25 lbs, 12% of her body weight. Ephriam revealed to VH1 that she has kept off all of the weight. She added that her weight goes up and down, but she never exceeds 183.
  • 2006
    Age 56
    In March 2006, it was announced that Ephriam would leave Divorce Court at the end of the 2005-2006 season (her seventh behind the bench), reportedly because she and the show's producers were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension.
    More Details Hide Details She was replaced by Judge Lynn Toler, a former judge from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who formerly presided over the short-lived syndicated courtroom TV show Power of Attorney. Well known as Madea's court judge, Ephraim portrays a strict and stern judge character in Madea films, who must preside over the many cases Madea lands herself into, always as result of violent and destructive conduct. Ephriam made a short appearance in the film adaptation of the play Diary of a Mad Black Woman. She also portrayed the same judge character in both Madea's Family Reunion and Madea Goes to Jail. As a judge, her first name is pronounced "may-BLENE," as in the Chuck Berry song "Maybellene."
  • 1999
    Age 49
    In 1999, Divorce Court was revived and Ephriam was selected to be the show's arbitrator.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first star of the reality-based version of The Divorce Court. Previous to that, the show used dramatic reenactments of real-life divorce cases. She was also the first African American and female to preside over the series. While presiding over Divorce Court, Ephriam was noted for her humor. Her audience was frequently brought to laughter by Ephriam's striking and quirky voice and reactions of appall and bewilderment by the ex-couple's outrageous and absurd behaviors. Ephriam's trademark phrase on Divorce Court was "Look deep before you leap," advising would-be newlyweds to examine each other's behaviors and attitudes carefully before they decide to marry. While Ephriam encouraged her litigants to discuss sensitive issues to get to the heart of what was causing their divorce, she was quick to restore order in her courtroom when things got out of hand, and she scolded her litigants for disrespectful behavior towards herself and each other in court.
    She is best known as the adjudicator of the courtroom series Divorce Court for 7 seasons from the 1999-00 season through the 2005-06 season.
    More Details Hide Details She was replaced by Lynn Toler in the show's 2006-07 season. Ephriam is also known for her judge roles in Tyler Perry's Madea films.
  • 1982
    Age 32
    In 1982, she opened her own law practice, dealing mainly with personal injury and family law cases.
    More Details Hide Details She soon became a Los Angeles Prosecuting Attorney.
  • 1978
    Age 28
    She attended night classes at Whittier Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1978.
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  • 1949
    Born on April 23, 1949.
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