Jamie Foxx Has Revealed His Sister With Down Syndrome Has Taught Him A Very Powerful Lesson

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Jamie Foxx is an A-list actor at the top of his game, but his first and foremost devotion is to his family. Indeed, his circle of loved ones includes his daughters Annalise and Corinne and his half-sisters DeOndra and Deidra. DeOndra was born with Down syndrome, but she hasn’t let that stop her. Now, Foxx has spoken about the enormous impact she’s had on his life.

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Family is clearly a very important thing to Foxx. Indeed, without the kindness of his grandparents, he may never have become the Oscar-winning actor he currently is. Foxx’s biological parents were unable to raise him, and so his mother Louise gave him up to her parents, Estelle and Mark Talley. They had adopted her, and they were able to do the same for the young Foxx as well.

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Foxx learned to play the piano at age five – something that was a big help when it came to his performance as Ray Charles in the movie Ray. Sadly, his grandmother didn’t live to see Foxx collect his Academy Award for the role. She died in October 2004, just a few months before the Oscars ceremony. On the night, the Best Actor-winner paid tribute to her in his acceptance speech, saying, “She was my first acting teacher.”

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