The Life of Tyler Perry: Going Beyond Madea

Mabel Madea Simmons a fictional character created and portrayed by Tyler Perry is a sensational show about a thuggishly elderly woman. Madea designed with a saucy hot temper and a sarcastic mind frame. She brings a certain reality to the audience; her numerous catch phrases are difficult not to pick up. Tyler Perry’s creative streak developed this character to her fullest potential, and now we can explore the Man behind the Woman.

Tyler Perry was born on September 13, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana as Emmitt Perry Jr. Later in Life, he changed his name from Emmitt to Tyler to distance himself from his father. Tyler completed a GED, ended up watching the Oprah Winfrey Show, and learned that writing can help settle the soul. He began to develop letters that turned into the musical “I Know I’ve Been Changed.”

The Creative Mind of Tyler Perry

Mr. Perry is not only an author, actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer and songwriter but also a human. He moved to Atlanta around 1990, where he produced and put on his play. He financed the play from his life savings. They play dealt with the harsh realities of child abuse and dysfunctional families but also had Christian themes of forgiveness and self-worth. After 6 years of retooling the play, he broke through in 2005 with Forbes reporting that he had more than $100 million in ticket sales, $30 million in video sales and $20 million in merchandise sales.

4 Fun Things about Tyler Perry

Perry’s films are co-produced and distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment; he retains full copyright ownership under Very Perry Films. Perry struck a deal with Oprah Winfrey on October 2, 2012 for scripted television to the Oprah Winfrey Network.  The Writers Guild of America, West filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board against Perry’s production company for supposedly for firing four writers in 2008. Mo Money in Texas was threatened with legal action for running a parody of Madea, and the commercial was quickly dropped from circulation.

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