Birth Name: Lee Daniels
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Born Lee Louis Daniels in West Philadelphia, PA, on Dec. 24, 1959, Daniels was the oldest of five siblings. His father, a police officer who often bullied the aspiring writer, was killed during a robbery when Daniels was a teen, and thereafter, Daniels was raised by a single mother. But his father's words of discouragement rang in Daniels' ears and he became determined to succeed in spite of his father's lack of belief in him. With dreams of becoming a Hollywood writer, Daniels moved to L.A. after several years of liberal arts studies at Lindenwold College in St. Louis. He took a job at an agency that placed home health care workers, and in only a short period of time, the enterprising young...
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