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Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, screen writer and playwright, producer, author, and songwriter. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. He is known for creating, and performing in drag, the character Mabel "Madea" Simmons. He has created many feature films, starting with Diary of a Mad Black Woman, in 2005, featuring Madea. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million between May 2010 and 2011. Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Emmitt Perry, Jr. His family consisted of three siblings, his mother, Willie Maxine Perry (née Campbell), and his father, Emmitt Perry, Sr., a carpenter. Perry once said his father's "answer to everything was to beat it out of you". As a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father's beatings. In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment. At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father. Many years later, after seeing the film Precious,

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Tyler Perry: Good Genes or Good Docs?

TYLER PERRY
GOOD GENES OR GOOD DOCS?

Tyler Perry presents a Tyler Perry production of Tyler Perry!Here's a 36-year-old version of the "Madea" actor at a movie premiere in Los Angeles back in 2005 (left) and nine years later -- a… READ MORE >

Chef Auntie Fee -- Oprah, You're The Only One I Can Trust

Chef Auntie Fee
Hey Oprah, Help A Sista Out

Chef Auntie Fee has been bombarded by celebrities who want a piece of her since her chicken recipe went viral ... but she tells us the only person she can trust is ...  Oprah. The Chef… READ MORE >

- 51 days ago
Screenwriter Sues Tyler Perry -- Claims Credit For 'Temptation' Movie ... On Purpose

Tyler Perry Sued
Writer Actually WANTS Credit for 'Temptation'

Tyler Perry's 'Temptation' has been called everything from "beyond dumb" to "flamboyantly bad" -- yet a small-time screenwriter is suing, claiming Perry jacked the universally panned script from… READ MORE >

- 516 days ago
Tyler Perry's ... Douchiest Director's Chair Of All Time

Tyler Perry's ...
Douchiest Director's Chair Of All Time

In case anyone on set forgets, Tyler Perry is the writer ... director ... executive producer ... and Grand Poobah of his new movie -- and if you don't believe us ... JUST LOOK AT HIS FREAKIN'… READ MORE >

- 656 days ago
Tyler Perry Traffic Stop -- White Cops Cleared After Racial Profiling Allegations

Tyler Perry
White Cops Cleared After Racial Profiling Allegations

The two white Atlanta police officers who Tyler Perry accused of being racist have been exonerated following an internal investigation by the Atlanta PD -- but it was pretty much the cops' word… READ MORE >

- 742 days ago
Tyler Perry -- Bobbi Kristina Did NOT Walk Off TV Show

Tyler Perry
Bobbi Kristina Did NOT Walk Off TV Show

Tyler Perry is calling BS on reports Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina walked off the set of his TV show "For Better Or Worse" -- claiming the rumors are "not true at all."Bobbi Kristina… READ MORE >

- 846 days ago
Tyler Perry -- Madea's Studio Goes Up in Flames

Tyler Perry
Madea's Studio Up in Flames

Tyler Perry's kingdom is on fire -- and not in a good way ... the Atlanta studio complex where his popular "Madea" movies are shot caught fire Tuesday night.According to reports, the three-alarm… READ MORE >

- 875 days ago
Tyler Perry Traffic Stop -- The Eyewitness Blow-By-Blow

Tyler Perry Traffic Stop
The Eyewitness Blow-By-Blow

Tyler Perry was confused, upset and a bit uncooperative when he was pulled over by two white cops in Atlanta this week ... this according to a person who saw the whole thing go down. As we… READ MORE >

- 901 days ago
Tyler Perry -- Cops Launch Internal Investigation into Allegedly Racist Traffic Stop

Tyler Perry
Cops Launch Investigation into Allegedly Racist Traffic Stop

Tyler Perry presents ... a possibly racist incident with police in Atlanta. The Atlanta Police Department says it's launched an internal investigation .... after Perry publicly accused two… READ MORE >

- 902 days ago
Whitney Houston's Body Flown Back East on Tyler Perry's Jet

Whitney Houston's Body
To Be Flown Back East On Tyler Perry's Jet

Whitney Houston's body will be transported to the East Coast today on Tyler Perry's private jet ... TMZ has learned.We're told Whitney's body is currently on its way to the airport -- and the… READ MORE >

- 954 days ago

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