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Writer, actor, producer, and director Tyler Perry has built an entertainment empire that consists of successful films, plays, and a best-selling book.
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Tyler Perry made a risky move by trying his hand at film making and creating his first feature film "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," which debuted at No. 1 at the box office.
After the success of his debut play, Tyler Perry created the character that would go on to become a loved figure in all of his productions, Madea.
Before making it big in film and television, Tyler Perry struggled to get his foot in the door as a playwright in Atlanta.
Tyler Perry grew up in poverty in New Orleans and struck it rich with his straight-talking, advice-pushing, grandmotherly character Medea.
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