With numerous hit stage plays under his belt, Tyler Perry’s popularity has soared and he seems to be an overnight sensation. But fame and success did not happen overnight or come so easy for this 35-year-old native of New Orleans, Louisiana.
In the early to mid 90s, after moving to Atlanta armed with his life’s saving and a script to actively pursue his career in theatre, Perry expected his career to take off. After his debut play "I Know I’ve Been Changed" flopped, it didn’t take long before he realized that success had a price tag that he couldn’t afford.
After several attempts at his show, Perry found himself broke and homeless. But one thing is sure, his spirit was not broken and he had not lost faith.Going out on a limb, Tyler decided to give his show a final try. This choice was a decision that would finally pay off for Perry. After selling out eight shows at the House of Blues and eventually moving on to sell out the two shows at the historic Fox Theatre, both in Atlanta, Tyler Perry decided to take his show nationwide.
Soon after, it became a huge success, bringing in several million dollars in revenue.But that was just the beginning of Perry’s success. He then went on to assist Bishop T.D. Jakes with his gospel stage play "Woman Thou Art Loosed," which also sold out arenas around the country and grossed over five million dollars.Perry’s fame and accomplishments continued to grow with comedic plays such as "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Madea’s Family Reunion," and "Madea’s Class Reunion -The Class that had No Class!"
It continues to grow with currently tutoring "Meet the Browns," and "Madea Goes to Jail."Fans and supporters can also check out Perry’s first movie release, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," starring Tyler Perry as himself, Kimberly Elise, Shemar Moore and Cicely Tyson.
After opening nationally in theatres, Friday, February 25, 2005, the film ranked at the top of box office charts.With his creative ability at making his audience laugh at not only themselves, but their family members and friends, Perry can expect to continue selling out theatres all over the country and soon world wide.
His comedic depictions and representations of signature Black images, figures, and culture is painstakingly funny and brilliant.For more information about Tyler Perry, his plays and upcoming movie go to www.tylerperry.com