Director Tyler Perry's mother, inspiration for Madea, dies
Tyler Perry, the director of the wildly popular "Madea" films, is mourning his own matriarch.
The filmmaker announced his mother Maxine Perry's death on the "Messages" page of his official website Tuesday.
"In Loving Memory/ Willie Maxine Perry/February 12, 1945 to December 8, 2009/ Thank you for all your prayers," the post reads next to a picture of Perry and his mother taken at the "Madea's Family Reunion" premiere in 2006. No other information was included. Perry's publicist has not responded to a message seeking comment.
Maxine Perry, 64, was a preschool teacher who worked at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center for most of her life, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which also says that the character of the tough, gun-toting Madea (whom Perry portrays himself in a wig and dress) is based on his mother Maxine and Aunt Mayola.
We wish Perry the best during this difficult time.
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