Tyler Perry's mother and aunt were the inspiration for Madea.
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Tyler himself plays Madea, and he says he takes on the strong female lead as a tribute to the women who have affected his life. "I think there's no greater form of flattery [than imitation]," he says. "The people who have most influenced me are women." 

Tyler says his mother and his aunt are the inspiration behind his title character. "Madea is the PG version of them," he says. "I kid you not!"

FROM: Oprah Fridays Live with Tyler Perry
Published on March 06, 2009

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