Tyler Perry at 50: The ONE Reason He Doesn’t Like The “Happy Birthday” Song
Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler Perry learned from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and movies. Once named Forbes highest paid man in 2014, Perry has developed several television series. One of the most notable is Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, which ran for eight seasons on TBS from 2006 to 2012. On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. The partnership was largely for the sake of bringing scripted television to the OWN, based on Perry’s previous success in this area. Perry has created multiple scripted series for the network, The Haves and the Have Nots being its most successful. The Haves and the Have Nots has given OWN its highest ratings to date as of 2014, with the series also referred to as “one of OWN’s biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun, filled with the typical betrayals, affairs, and manipulations.
All of which makes him the sought-after Hollywood heavyweight he is now.
It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Tyler’s career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself.
The letters became a healing for Perry.His writing inspired a musical, I Know I’ve Been Changed, and in 1992, Tyler used his life’s savings in hopes of performing in front of sold-out crowds.
He spent all the money but the people never came. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith – in God and, in turn, himself – only got stronger.
But even through all that, he kept