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From facing the rough streets of West Philadelphia to losing his father at a young age, Lee Daniels has worked to become one of Hollywood’s leading writers, producers and directors.
With Academy Award–winning films like Monster’s Ball and Precious, and critical darlings like The Butler, Daniels has managed to conquer both the independent and mainstream sides of Hollywood.
How did this gay Black man shatter stereotypes in the entertainment industry and overcome his own trauma to build a distinguished career that not only brought success, but also created a cultural phenomenon?
“I came to Hollywood. I got off the bus. I was homeless, and then AIDS hit. My lovers were dying around me,” Daniels says. “As a director, I use those experiences.”