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Tyler Perry
Born September 13, 1969
Harvey, Louisiana

Tyler Perry (born September 13, 1969) is an American playwright, actor and film director. His best-known character is Mabel Simmons, more commonly known as "Madea," an overbearing if well-intentioned woman who serves both as comic relief and as the loud voice of conscience to the principal protagonists of Perry's morality plays. is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Harvey is a census-designated place and town located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Character Madea from cover of Madeas Class Reunion Mabel Madea R. Simmons is a fictional character based on the mother and grandmother of Tyler Perry, whom Perry portrays in full drag costume in his films. ...

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Personal life

Perry was born in Harvey, Louisiana, one of four children. His father was a carpenter[1] and his mother worked at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center for most of her life.[2] His childhood in New Orleans was marked by poverty and physical abuse. He was once homeless and lived in his car for three months.[3] Perry is a Christian.[4] Harvey is a census-designated place and town located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Carpenter at work in Tennessee, June 1942. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... A Jewish Community Center is a general recreational, social and fraternal organization serving the Jewish community in a number of cities. ... Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause pain, injury, or other physical suffering or harm. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ...


Career

Theatre

After years of intense anger and deep resentment, Perry experienced an awakening. One day while he was watching The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1992, he took the advice that it can be cathartic to put feelings down on paper, which inspired him to write letters of his painful childhood. These letters eventually became his plays. Perry's first foray into writing was in 1992, when he began writing a journal, in part to cope with the repercussions of abuse. He developed different characters to voice different ideas in the journal. This work eventually became the musical I Know I've Been Changed, about adult survivors of child abuse. The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah) is an American nationally syndicated talk show, hosted and produced by Oprah Winfrey and is the highest-rated talk show in American television history. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... I Know Ive Been Changed, was the first major successful from famed playwright, Tyler Perry. ...


Perry moved to Atlanta in 1992 and worked in a restaurant and as a used car salesman. He managed to save up $12,000 to stage his first play. It was not a success and over the next six years, he struggled living in Atlanta but persevered until the play finally had a successful run in 1998, first at the House of Blues and later at the Fox Theatre. His following play, a staging of Bishop T. D. Jakes' book Woman Thou Art Loosed, was an immediate hit, grossing over $5 million in five months.[5] A film version was later created starring Kimberly Elise and Cicely Tyson, was released in theaters on October 1, 2004. Atlanta redirects here. ... The Fox Theatre (often marketed as the Fabulous Fox) in Atlanta, Georgia is one of the grand movie palaces built in the United States in the 1920s. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      This article... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kimberly Elise (born Kimberly Elise Trammel on April 17, 1967) is an African-American actress. ... Cicely Tyson (born December 19, 1933) is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Perry, whose work is aimed at a primarily African-American audience, ultimately created a successful touring theater company. Recordings of some plays were subsequently sold on video and DVD. As of March 2005, Perry's plays had grossed over $75 million in ticket and DVD sales. Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ...

Perry stated in a January 2004 interview in Ebony magazine that his theater productions were designed to be a bridge between the traditional urban theater circuit - historically and pejoratively referred to as the "chitlin' circuit" - and a more traditional theater format.[6] Image File history File links Madea. ... Image File history File links Madea. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Academy Award winners Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, and Jamie Foxx on the 60th anniversary cover of Ebony Magazine, November 2005 Ebony, a magazine for the African American market, was founded by John H. Johnson and has been published since the autumn of 1945. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Perry's other highly successful plays include Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Madea's Family Reunion and Madea's Class Reunion. He also wrote and created the hit plays Why Did I Get Married? featuring R&B singer Kelly Price and later the DVD version featured Cheryl Pepsii Riley and Meet the Browns (Perry did not appear in either production). In 2005, Perry returned to the stage with another successful hit, Madea Goes to Jail. Another play, What's Done in the Dark, which Perry wrote and directed but does not appear in, went on tour beginning in September 2006. The tour of the play ended May 13, 2007 but will return for another run in September. The video was filmed in Charlotte, NC and will be released in December. Diary of a Mad Black Woman is a film adaptation written by Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name. ... I Can Do Bad All By Myself is a 1999 movie directed, written, and starred by Tyler Perry. ... Madeas Family Reunion is a film adaptation of the acclaimed stage production written by Tyler Perry and sequel to Diary of a Mad Black Woman. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Why Did I Get Married? is a film adaptation written and directed by Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name. ... Categories: | | | | ... Meet The Browns is the last play produced by Tyler Perry in 2004. ... Madea Goes To Jail is a play written and directed by Tyler Perry. ... Whats Done In The Dark is a play written and directed by American playwright Tyler Perry. ...


Films

Main article: Tyler Perry Films

His first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, produced on a budget of $5.5 million, became an unexpected hit, prompting widespread discussion among industry watchers about whether middle-class African Americans were simply not being addressed by mainstream Hollywood movies. Its final gross box office receipts were $50.6 million.[7] On opening weekend, February 24, 2006 Perry's film version of Madea's Family Reunion opened at number one with $22 million and a $14,770 per screen average. The film eventually grossed $65 million, and like Diary, almost all of it in the United States. The film was jump-started by an hour-long appearance by Perry and his co-stars on the influential Oprah Winfrey show.[8] The Tyler Perry Film Company has put out three films to date, with a fourth in post-production, and two in pre-production. ... Diary of a Mad Black Woman is a film adaptation written by Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Madeas Family Reunion is a film adaptation of the acclaimed stage production written by Tyler Perry and sequel to Diary of a Mad Black Woman. ... Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ...


His next project for Lions Gate Entertainment, Daddy's Little Girls, starring Gabrielle Union, was released in the U.S. on February 14, 2007. It grossed over $31 million. [9] Perry wrote, directed, produced, and starred in his next movie, Why Did I Get Married, which was released on October 12, 2007. It opened as the #1 grossing $21.4 million dollars at the box office that weekend. It is loosely based on the play. Filming began March 5, 2007 in Whistler, British Columbia; Vancouver, then Atlanta, where Perry recently opened his own studio. Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal and Jill Scott appear in the film. Lions Gate redirects here, for other meanings see Lions Gate (disambiguation)‎. Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, (usually renderred as Lionsgate), (NYSE: LGF) is an American entertainment company which originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Daddys Little Girls is the 2007 film written and directed by Tyler Perry and produced by Reuben Cannon and Roger Bobb. ... Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1972) is an African-American actress and former model. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Why Did I Get Married is the newest play from Tyler Perry. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the day. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Location of Whistler within the Squamish-Lillooet District in British Columbia, Canada Coordinates: , Country Canada Province British Columbia Regional District Squamish-Lillooet Settled 1914 by Mrytle and Alex Philip Incorporated 1975 Government  - Mayor Ken Melamed  - Manager Bill Barratt  - Governing body Whistler Town Council  - MP Blair Wilson  - MLA Joan McIntyre Area... Vancouver (pronounced: ) is a Canadian city in the province of British Columbia. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, and pop icon. ... Sharon Leal (born on October 17, 1972 in Tucson, Arizona) is an actress of Filipino and African American descent. ... Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American R&B, soul, and jazz singer, songwriter, and poet. ...


His upcoming films include an adaptation of his play Meet the Browns, scheduled for March 2008 featuring Angela Bassett and Tyler will reprise himself as Madea and Uncle Joe, Madea's naughty trash talking brother. Madea Goes to Jail the movie is scheduled for a fall 2008 release followed byA Jazzman's Blues, which is slated for 2009 and will be Perry's seventh film with Lionsgate. Perry will star as the jazz singer in the movie. Meet The Browns is the last play produced by Tyler Perry in 2004. ... Bassett and husband Courtney Vance Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actor who is particularly known for biographical film roles portraying women in American culture. ... Madea Goes To Jail is a play written and directed by Tyler Perry. ...


Television

Perry produced a television show titled Tyler Perry's House of Payne, which follows a working-class, African-American household with three generations of family within it. The show seeks to illustrate struggles with faith and love, as well as showing how to coexist with the generation gap. The show ran briefly in Spring 2006 as a 10 show pilot. After a successful pilot run, Perry signed a $200 million dollar 100 episode deal with TBS. On June 6, 2007, Tyler Perry's first two episodes of House of Payne ran on TBS. Due to high ratings, House of Payne is now in syndication. Re-runs will play through December 2007 before the second season begins. House of Payne will air on FOX network beginning September 2008. Meet The Browns is Perry's next sitcom starring David Mann and Tamela Mann. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Meet The Browns is the last play produced by Tyler Perry in 2004. ... People named David Mann include: David Mann (actor/director) David Mann (painter) David Mann (songwriter) David Mann (cyclist) David Mann (geordie viking cunt) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Tamela J. Mann (born in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American actress and gospel singer, best known for her role as Cora in Tyler Perrys plays including I Can Do Bad By Myself, Madeas Family Reunion, Madeas Class Reunion, and Meet the Browns. ...


Books

Perry's first novel, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, hit bookstores last April 11, 2006. The book is written from Madea's point of view, and offers commentary about love, relationships, and family. In its first five days in stores, the book sold more than 25,000 copies.[10] The hardcover hit Number One on the New York Times Best Seller list and stayed on the list for twelve weeks. It was voted the Book of the Year and Best Humor Book at the 2006 Quill Awards. is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times Best Seller List is a weekly chart in The New York Times newspaper that keeps track of the best-selling books of the week. ... The Quill Awards are a consumer-driven award created to inspire reading while promoting literacy. ...


Critical Reception

While Perry's films, plays, and other projects have generally been very financially successful, he has seldom been the beneficiary of critics' accolades. His films tend to be very lowly rated on sites such as metacritic.com and rottentomatoes.com, particularly by professional film critics. Despite his critical reception as a particularly mediocre director and writer (especially with respect to characterization-- Perry has been repeatedly accused of creating stereotypical, one-dimensional characters that are essentially lacking in either subtlety or depth), Perry continues to enjoy the support of a vast fanbase, who counter that his mediocrity and fundamental artlessness are outweighed by the positive religious and moral messages that remain perennially at the core of his work. Metacritic is an Internet website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... Rotten Tomatoes (http://www. ... Characterization is the process of conveying information about characters in fiction. ...


Trademarks

Perry always places a possessive reference to himself in all of his work's titles (e.g., Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?) Several recurring narrative themes surface in Perry's work. They feature a predominantly African American cast. Thus Perry is able to comfortably portray blacks as both strong antagonists and strong protagonists and skirt around racial sensitivities that would occur in mainstream movies.


His films often tackle issues of physical and sexual abuse, and are often based in Atlanta. Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause pain, injury, or other physical suffering or harm. ... “Bad Touch” redirects here. ... Atlanta redirects here. ...


The recurring character of Mabel "Madea" Simmons, referred to as "Madea", surfaces in many of Perry's work. Perry portrays Madea in his plays and films. Perry based Madea on an aunt who lives in Georgia, as well as his mother, according to Perry himself. In Madea's appearances, she dispenses wisdom in a "no-nonsense manner", and is usually involved in physical comedy and/or a sight gag. The nickname "Madea" comes from a Southern African American contraction of the words "mother dear", which is commonly used as a term of affection. It is also used as a reference to a great-grandmother. Character Madea from cover of Madeas Class Reunion. ... Physical comedy is comedic performance relying mostly on the use of the body to convey humor. ... // A nickname is a name of a person or thing other than its proper name. ... The U.S. Southern states or the South, also known colloquially as Dixie, constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States, with its own unique heritage, historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ...


Tyler often references Alice Walker's The Color Purple, which he notes as one of his favorite movies. Perry plays also make references to 1970s R&B and soul music, and the differences between that and the current state of rap/hip-hop, and other music popular amongst the Black community. Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American author and feminist. ... This article is about about the novel. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ...


Filmography

Madea Goes To Jail is a play written and directed by Tyler Perry. ... Tyler Perrys Meet the Browns is an upcoming 2008 comedy-drama from Lionsgate based on the play Meet the Browns by Tyler Perry. ... Why Did I Get Married? is a film adaptation written and directed by Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name. ... Daddys Little Girls is the 2007 film written and directed by Tyler Perry and produced by Reuben Cannon and Roger Bobb. ... Madeas Family Reunion is a film adaptation of the acclaimed stage production written by Tyler Perry and sequel to Diary of a Mad Black Woman. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Diary of a Mad Black Woman is a film adaptation written by Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name. ... Meet The Browns is the last play produced by Tyler Perry in 2004. ... Madeas Family Reunion is a film adaptation of the acclaimed stage production written by Tyler Perry and sequel to Diary of a Mad Black Woman. ... Diary of a Mad Black Woman is a film adaptation written by Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.oprah.com/rys/omag/rys_omag_200603_aha_c.jhtml
  2. ^ http://movies.about.com/od/directorinterviews/a/daddystp021207.htm
  3. ^ He has said this at the end of one of his plays
  4. ^ http://www.beliefnet.com/gallery/TylerPerryInterview.html?pgIndex=3
  5. ^ http://www.biogs.com/famous/perrytyler.html
  6. ^ http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_3_59/ai_111850312
  7. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=diaryofamadblackwoman.htm
  8. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=madeasfamilyreunion.htm
  9. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=daddyslittlegirls.htm
  10. ^ http://www.thebookstandard.com/bookstandard/news/retail/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002382647

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Tyler Perry at AllExperts (1339 words)
Tyler Perry (born September 13, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American playwright and actor.
Perry's first foray into writing was in 1992, when he began writing a journal, in part to cope with the repercussions of abuse.He was inspired to begin a journal after watching The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Perry stated in a January 2004 interview in Ebony magazine that his theater productions were designed to be a bridge between the traditional urban theater circuit - pejoratively referred to as the "chitlin' circuit" - and a more traditional theater format.
Tyler Perry: Information from Answers.com (1035 words)
Perry is now said to have found that because he had allowed so much anger from his turbulent past to build inside of him, he always found a way to self-sabotage his ventures.
Perry's first foray into writing was in 1992, when he began writing a journal, in part to cope with the repercussions of abuse.
Perry stated in a January 2004 interview in Ebony magazine that his theater productions were designed to be a bridge between the traditional urban theater circuit - historically and pejoratively referred to as the "chitlin' circuit" - and a more traditional theater format.
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