By & by Natalie Finn | Tue., 25 Feb. 2020 3:00 AM Share Tweet Email move close Now PlayingUp NextTyler Perry Shares What He’ll Miss Most About “Madea” Tyler Perry has built an entertainment empire. He owns one of the largest independently operated studios churning out content today, and he’s one of the richest people in showbiz.But he had to start somewhere.Fifteen years ago, Perry wrote, produced and starred in his first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, about Helen, a housewife who has an emotional and spiritual awakening after her husband of 18 years unceremoniously leaves her for another woman. She’s aided in her recovery by a diary in which she chronicles her deepest feelings—and by her fiery, wisecracking granny, Madea, who helps Helen calculate her self-worth. Literally, at one point. Read 50 Fascinating Facts About Tyler Perry: From Living in His Car to Owning a Studio and Hanging Out With Oprah Diary of a Mad Black Woman also marked the first appearance in a movie by Madea, played by a heavily made-up Perry in a fat suit, wig and glasses. The character was an instant hit with audiences, if not always critics, and a slew of Madea-centric movies followed.But this one started it all, and though… Read full this story
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