Born into poverty and abuse, Tyler Perry found the perseverance that formed the foundations of his plays, films, and television shows. After months of sleeping in motels and his car, his faith only got stronger. In 1998, a promoter booked Perry’s musical, “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” This marked the beginning of a successful run of his plays, including “Woman, Thou Art Loosed!,” and “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” which introduced Madea, and spawned more plays by Perry. His first film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” debuted at number one, and his ensuing films were met with commercial success. Perry expanded to television with “House of Payne,” “Meet the Browns,” and “The Haves and The Have Nots.” With 22 feature films and over 1,275 episodes of television, Perry’s award-winning work has been celebrated by the Directors Guild of America, NAACP Image Awards, the Emmys, and more.