Lin-Manuel Miranda: "The Most Important Thing You Can Give Your Children Is Empathy"

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Lin-Manuel Miranda—writer and star of the Tony-, Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize–winning musical Hamilton— was born to Puerto Rican parents and grew up in New York City. During Lin-Manuel's conversation with Oprah at Harlem's world-famous Apollo Theater, he tells her that there were two big things that his mother and father did that shaped him: They instilled in him "a great sense of connection" to his Puerto Rican heritage, and they worked several jobs at once, creating an environment of "creative loneliness" that fostered in Lin-Manuel a "rich imaginative life."

Here, one of Broadway's brightest stars opens up about the biggest gifts his parents gave him—and shares why he believes that empathy is "the most important thing you can give your children."

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