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From homelessness to billionaire, Tyler Perry shares his story

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 12 Aug, 2022

It may be true that Tyler Perry is an established celebrity now, but that has not always been the case. Exclusive to the upcoming issue of AARP The Magazine, he shares his journey from homelessness to becoming an actor, writer, playwright, producer, studio owner, and philanthropist.

In the interview, Perry not only discussed how he rose to success but also how he helped others achieve their goals. Beginning with his abusive childhood in Louisiana, the movie mogul describes his journey to the present day.

There are a lot of people he went to school with who are not here, so he has some survivor's guilt. A murder or a prison sentence awaits them. It was the incredible women in his life that prevented him from ending up that way.

For teaching him how to live and make something out of his life, the successful man gives credit to his mother, aunts, and grandmother. The success of Tyler was not instantaneous. A playwright was his dream.

He spent all his money trying to stage a play called I Know I've Been Changed in Atlanta in the early 1990s. Survivors of child abuse were the focus of the play. It took him many attempts to succeed, but he never gave up.

As a bill collector, he had saved $12,000. However, it didn't work out for him as he invested it in producing the play. His money was lost and he became homeless. While hiding to keep the car from being repossessed, he lived in his Geo Metro for three months before hitting rock bottom.

As he journeyed through that phase of his life, he experienced suicidal thoughts. His play was finally produced as a result of his perseverance. 'The rest is history,' as they say. The struggle is something Tyler Perry knows all too well.

Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, and Cicely Tyson are just a few of the celebrities he has worked with. Over the past 15 years, he has cared for Ms. Tyson. She had done many amazing things, and he believed she was not fairly compensated for them.

Tyler was willing to take care of her. As a token of his appreciation, he wanted to let her know how much he valued her work. To compensate her for one day's work, he paid her one million dollars.

There is a relationship between Tyler Perry and AARP The Magazine. As a result of his leadership of The Perry Foundation, AARP is presenting the 52-year-old celebrity with an honorary AARP Purpose Prize Award. While on his path to success, Perry once faced obstacles that he helped others overcome through his foundation.

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