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Biography

Biography

Episode Description

Profile of the star who grew up in poverty in New Orleans and struck it rich with his straight-talking, advice-pushing, grandmotherly character Medea. In 1992, the unemployed, basically homeless Perry was inspired while watching the Oprah Winfrey show to write down his life experiences as letters to himself. The letters evolved into his self-financed stage show, "I Know I've Been Changed," about being an adult survivor of child abuse. Next, the Medea character took off in such hit movies as Diary of Mad Black Woman, Medea's Family Reunion, and Why Did I Get Married?

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