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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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Bobbi Kristina -- Family, Not Oprah Took Heroic Steps to Save Her

Bobbi Kristina
Family, Not Oprah Took Heroic Steps to Save Her

Bobbi Kristina's family is pissed over reports that Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry orchestrated a Hail Mary to save BK's life ... when they had nothing to do with it.    Sources… READ MORE >

Tyler Perry Presents: The Most Awesome Christening Ever ... With Oprah!

Tyler Perry Presents
The Most Awesome Christening Ever ... With Oprah!

Since Tyler Perry couldn't name Madea as the godmother to his baby boy Aman, he went with the next best thing ... Oprah Winfrey and Cicely Tyson ... and threw a baller christening… READ MORE >

- 163 days ago
Bobbi Kristina -- Hospital Visit From Tyler Perry

Bobbi Kristina
Hospital Visit From Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry arrived to the hospital Sunday where Bobbi Kristina is currently on life support. As we previously reported ... Bobby Brown hitched a ride with Perry on his private jet to Atlanta… READ MORE >

- 173 days ago
Tyler Perry Star Tasha Smith -- Getting the Big D ... And Paying For It

Tyler Perry Star Tasha Smith
Getting the Big D ... And Paying For It

Actress Tasha Smith has jumped from filing a restraining order against her estranged husband ... to slapping him with divorce papers ... and right off the bat it's costing her a bundle of cash.… READ MORE >

- 226 days ago
Tyler Perry Star Must Stay 2 YARDS Away From Hubby ... After Alleged Death Threats

Tyler Perry Star
Must Stay 2 YARDS Away From Hubby After Alleged Death Threats

Tasha Smith -- who starred in Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" -- has a husband who's got to be asking himself that very question ... he just got a court order forcing her to stay away from… READ MORE >

- 266 days ago
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 >

- 320 days ago
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 >

- 361 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 >

- 827 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 >

- 966 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 >

- 1052 days ago

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