20 Years After Tyler Perry Met A Friend, He Heard Her Mom Was In Trouble And Stepped Up In A Big Way

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Filmmaker, writer and actor Tyler Perry had made it big in Hollywood – but he never forgot where he came from. Nor did he forget LaShun Pace, who he’d worked with prior to his big-time breakout. So when he heard that Pace’s mom was in trouble, Perry didn’t hesitate to help in an incredible way.

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Born Emmitt Perry Jr. in 1969, he later changed his name to create separation between himself and his father, who was abusive toward him as a child. Perry, from New Orleans, Louisiana, started writing after hearing about its therapeutic benefits on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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