1. Tyler Perry says he "never dreamed" of playing Powell, adding, "The first thing I did was call him because there are very few living African-American heroes and he's one, and I wanted to be sure this would honor him.
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5. Tyler Perry explained to Variety how Madea was truly born one night at the Regal Theater in Chicago.
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8. Tyler Perry is disputing rapper Juelz Santana's claim that he was scheduled to film a reunion TV show with Tyler in Atlanta.
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9. Tyler Perry has added his own photo to the mix, a picture of Madea in an evening gown, holding four Oscars.
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10. In 2001 Tyler Perry was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for this role.
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11. Tyler Perry played one of the roles, a character named Madea Simmons, himself.
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16. Tyler Perry planned to release a film version of Madea's Family Reunion that year, and the phenomenon of urban theater, thanks largely to Tyler Perry, was no longer invisible.
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17. Tyler Perry played three roles: Madea, her brother Uncle Joe, and Helen's cousin Brian.
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18. Tyler Perry continued to hone his Madea act despite the rigors of the role–"I have to talk so high for two hours and the costume is really, really, really hot.
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22. Tyler Perry moved to feature films in 2005 by writing, producing, and acting in a screen version of Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
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25. Tyler Perry appeared as three different characters in the film, including the legendary Madea.
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30. In 2007, Tyler Perry bought a 17 acre estate in the Paces neighborhood of Buckhead, Atlanta.
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31. Tyler Perry was given an award for "Comedian Most likely to turn up to collect their comedy award", and the black characters in the episode, Token Black and President Obama, express their own disbelief that they can't stop watching his comedy and giving him money.
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32. Tyler Perry was satirized by South Park in the Season Fifteen episode "Funnybot".
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38. Tyler Perry appeared in the stage show Madea's Big Happy Family, which toured the US as a stage play and was released as a movie in 2011, written, directed by, and starring Perry.
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39. In 2009, Tyler Perry teamed with Oprah Winfrey to present Precious, a film based on the novel Push by Sapphire.
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42. Tyler Perry created and performs the Madea character, a tough elderly black woman.
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43. Tyler Perry announces plans for final stage tour as Madea.
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44. Tyler Perry announces tour dates for Madea farewell stage play.
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48. Tyler Perry said in an interview that Madea's Family Funeral had wrapped filming two years ago.
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49. Tyler Perry claims he's ending his long-run as the queen of family reunions, cookouts, prison, witness protection, Halloween and Christmas: Mabel Earlene.
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50. Tyler Perry made the announcement Monday during a Sirius XM interview stating that the fiery, gun-toting grandmother would say goodbye to audiences.
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53. Tyler Perry planning end of Madea movies: 'It's time for me to kill that old bit*h'.
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54. Tyler Perry has announced that A Madea Family Funeral, which comes out next year, will be the final time that he plays the elderly woman on the big screen.
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55. Tyler Perry says he is retiring Madea, the feisty, foul-mouthed grandma that launched his career and made him millions.
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57. Tyler Perry will stop playing Madea after 2019 tour and movie.
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59. Tyler Perry explains why Tiffany Haddish is perfect for 'Nobody's Fool'.
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61. Tyler Perry has several films under his belt, and he's hoping to add another with the help of Whoopi Goldberg.
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63. Tyler Perry is bringing his famed Madea franchise to a close.
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64. Tyler Perry is saying goodbye to his beloved character Madea.
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65. Tyler Perry has confirmed he's saying goodbye to his Madea franchise.
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69. On October 2, 2012, Tyler Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network.
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