Tyler Perry – writer, producer,
director, and actor extraordinaire – went from the poverty-stricken streets of
New Orleans to a multimillion-dollar mansion outside Atlanta. But the
real story is that of his journey from homelessness to bliss.
Perry’s rags-to-riches tale is
astonishing and inspirational. His younger days were troubled, and he
suffered from endless abuse growing up. The dejection and rejection
caused Perry to do some soul-searching as an adult. In 1992, in an effort
to find catharsis for his own childhood pain, and inspired by Oprah Winfrey to
put it down on paper, he wrote a series of letters to himself. Those
letters would be transformed into his first hit musical, I Know I’ve Been
Changed. Perry’s humble spirit and his faith in God kept him
focused. He believed that God was calling him to share his story with as
many people as possible so that he might help others. Perry learned real
forgiveness, deep down inside—a forgiveness that leads to success in the soul.
He chose the stage life as a vehicle, and this new life has been a learning
process, full of hard work. But now Perry has reached out to millions
across the country and in doing so has tremendously altered how people perceive
and attend urban theater.
In 2005, Tyler Perry took the nation
by storm when the movie he wrote, produced, and starred in, Diary of a Mad
Black Woman, opened #1 at the box office.
In its first week on sale, the DVD sold nearly 2.5 million copies.
At the same time, Perry was starring nightly across the country in a sold-out
stage show he’d also written, produced and scored—Madea Goes to Jail—even
as another one of his productions, Meet the Browns, was touring
nationally. Together, the two productions sold out more than 500 shows in
theaters from coast to coast. Every week in 2005, 35,000 people saw a
Tyler Perry production.
Since making his film debut with Diary
of a Mad Black Woman, Tyler Perry
has become a multimedia phenomenon with a roster of hugely successful film,
stage, television, and book projects. Perry's first two films both
debuted at number one at the North American box office and the combined sales
of his nine DVDs have sold over 11 million units. Perry's first
book, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off
Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Life and Love debuted at
#1 on the New York Times' hardcover nonfiction bestseller list and remained in
the Top 10 for eight weeks. Most recently he finished production of his next
film Daddy's Little Girls and created and produced 10 episodes of
the first-run syndicated comedy series, House
of Payne, which premiered in select markets earlier this year to excellent
Daddy’s Little Girls will be
released in February 2007 by Lionsgate. The first 100 episodes of House
of Payne, Perry’s first-run
syndicated comedy series will begin debuting nationally on TBS in the fall of