Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Ex-Husband Eric Maurice’s Biography

By Aarone Hernandez | Published on: February 27, 2024 | Updated on: February 27, 2024
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Eric Maurice is an entrepreneur who gained public attention as the ex-husband of American actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph. The couple was married for 11 years from 1990 to 2001 and they have two children together. After their divorce, the actress, however, became the victim of depression and went through some hard times. However, Ralph has moved on and is currently living a happily married life with her 2nd husband Vincent Hughes.

As Sheryl is a well-renowned actress, a lot of people are curious about her first husband.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eric Maurice is a well-known French businessman who is the owner of 1515 Design and Manufacturing. 
  • He was born in Abidjan and has already traveled to many countries. 
  • He met his ex-wife Killian Scott in Cannes and after six months, they tied the knot. They have two kids together.
  • Eric’s children are established in their professional careers. 
  • Maurice currently lives in Beverly Hill, California, United States. 

Eric Maurice Is From Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Eric was born and raised in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Western Africa. He grew up, visiting several countries like France Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, and Martinique.

Besides, Maurice holds French nationality and follows the Christian religion. 

What Does Eric Maurice Do? 

Maurice is the co-owner of 1515 Design & Manufacturing Company in Inglewood, CA since January 2011. He co-founded the company along with his friend Francis Delpech.

They have more than 25 years of experience in developing cuisine concepts and importing cutting-edge European machinery. The company imports and sells commercial Doregrill Rotisseries, the first company in rotisserie production in Europe since 1963.

Besides, Eric is a trendsetter and was a member of Soka Gakkai International.

Maurice Met His Future Wife in 1990 in Cannes

Eric and his then-future-wife Sheryl first met in Cannes where Sheryl went to promote her film ‘To Sleep with Anger.’ The movie was released in October 1990. At the time, Ralph was a promising actress with some movies and TV credits, while her husband Eric was a businessman.

The love blossomed between them since their first meeting and they get connected soon.

They Married Within Six Months of Their Meeting

After knowing each other the businessman and actress decided to walk into the aisle. The pair got married in 1990. Talking about Sheryl, the actress was quite private about her love life.

Only a few months after their marriage, Sheryl introduced her husband to the public in August 1990. She actually opened up about her marriage to the public in an interview with Jet Magazine.

As a husband and wife, they have attended a couple of events together. On February 14, 1998, the ex-couple attended the 29th Annual NAACP Image Award at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, California.

They both were looking adorable in the event wearing twinning color outfits.

Further, Eric and Sheryl attended the 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade with their son on November 29, 1992. During their 11 years of togetherness, the pair enjoyed each other company. Despite their happy marriage, the couple’s views later changed for each other and they eventually decided to go their separate paths.

The Couple Divorced In 2001 

Like any married couple, they also always wished that their marriage lasts forever but things don’t go as per their plan. Sadly enough, Eric and his wife Sheryl went their separate ways in 2001, more than a decade after their nuptial. 

False Divorce Rumor Surfaced

Before their official divorce in 2001, their split rumor circulated some time ago. It was The National Enquirer who released a story with the headline ‘Moesha’ TV Mom Split With Hubby’ circulating many false statements about their marriage.

As per Ralph herself, the Dreamgirls star wanted to shut down her marriage with her first husband without any media involvement but the article published on Enquirer made it next impossible.  

As a result, the actress filed a $1 million lawsuit against National Enquirer in Los Angeles Superior Court stating that the publication has published alleging gossip regarding her marriage.

Pain Of Divorce: Sheryl Went Through A Hard Time

Sheryl’s life post-divorce wasn’t that smooth. She faced several challenges, especially Ralph suffered from depression and anger. Further, the actress even became paralyzed with fear. Though Sheryl looked okay from the outside, the artist was completely messed up inside. Even more so, her hair began to fall because of the stress.

In 2012, during an interview with CNN, Ralph was questioned about her divorce where she talked about her feeling and how she dealt with her children. The divorce affected her children too as they went through some hard times at the time.

At the end of the interview, she stated,

Divorce is like ripping the skin off of your own body.

After the depression, she noticed changes in herself. One day while she was brushing her teeth, the actress noticed an eye bag under her eyes and her fallen hair. With all of those bad signs, she decided to move forward.

According to, Ralph,

I couldn’t let my divorce be the death of me. The road to healing would be long and it wouldn’t be easy, but I had to start that journey right away, on my own.

Has Eventually Moved On With Her New Husband

Despite all the ups and downs Ralph faced after her first marriage ended, the actress eventually found her love for the 2nd time in the mid-2000s. She married Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes on July 30, 2005. Their wedding ceremony was held in Los Angeles at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Coming up to 2023, the loving duo has already celebrated their 18th marriage anniversary, and still their nuptial is going so strongly. 

Eric Maurice Is The Father of Two Children

Eric and his ex-wife Sheryl became parents for the first time in 1992 when they welcomed their son Etienne Maurice. A couple of years after on December 23, 1995, they became parents to a beautiful daughter Ivy-Victoria Maurice.

Needless to say, Maurice is close to both of his kids. 

His Son Etienne Is CEO

Etienne is the CEO and founder of WalkGood Production. In addition, the star kid is also a filmmaker, actor, activist, and yoga instructor. Besides, he has work experience in many fields. He first started his professional career in 2010 at NBC News as a production assistant. Here is the list of his past work experience,

Company Name Position Duration
Scoremore Content Producer September 2010 – February 2011
Nancy Glass Productions Associate Producer Intern June 2012 – December 2012
Nickelodoeon (Instant Mom) Production Assistant June 2013 – September 2013
The Uber Urban Executive Producer November 2012 – January 2014
African American Film Critics Association, LLC Creative Director January 2016 – July 2021

Besides, he did a Bachelor of Science in Cinematography and Film/Video Production from Drexel University in 2015.

His Daughter Ivy Is A Community Manager

Ivy is the community manager at Ustawi Skincare since June 2021. As per her LinkedIn account, she is also a journalist who is passionate about international travel, education, and retail.

Like her brother, she has also experienced working in different fields. She started her career as a Social Media Writer at PsyQic for five months. Below is the list of her working experience in different fields:

Company Name Position Duration
EMS Consulting Administrative Fashion Intern May 2012 – August 2013
AMCONYC Content Creator Contributor May 2017 – July 2017
EBONY Media Contributing Writer June 2018 – October 2019
KTLA Entertainment Host December 2019 – January 2021
Lonny Magazine Contributing Writer June 2020 – June 2021 Life & Style Blogger September 2015 – Present

Eric Maurice’s Net Worth

Eric has an estimated net worth of $2 million. As he is the owner of the 1515 Design and Manufacturing company, the businessman earns most of his income from there.

Besides, his son Etienne has a successful career with a net worth of $500k.


Where Does Eric Maurice Live?

French businessman Maurice is currently residing in Beverly Hills, California, United States.