Tyler Perry is an actor, comedian, producer, director, screenwriter, playwright, author, and songwriter. He is best known for creating and portraying the character Madea. What is particularly inspiring about Tyler Perry is that he went from a troubled childhood to becoming one of the highest earning men in entertainment.
Emmitt Perry Jr. was born in 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His childhood was marked by physical abuse from his father and sexual abuse from others. He changed his name to Tyler to further distance himself from his father. His mother had a positive affect on him and they had a good relationship. He earned his GED and was inspired to begin writing by an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Letters he wrote to himself later became the musical I Know I’ve Been Changed. In 1998, the retooled production became a success. Today, he is credited with directing, writing, producing, and/or acting in over a dozen and a half plays. In 2005, he wrote, produced, and acted in Diary of a Mad Black Woman. He went on to direct, write, produce, and/or act in two dozen other films to date. He has, also, directed, written, produced, and/or acted in over half a dozen television programs. He has often worked with Oprah Winfrey and her OWN network.
Tyler Perry has been nominated for and won multiple awards. In 2006, Tyler published his first book. Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life became an award winning New York Times Best Seller list book. In 2014, Tyler Perry had a son with model, humanitarian, and social activist Gelila Bekele.
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