Willie Maxine Perry
Summary: mother of movie producer Tyler Perry who helped to inspire the character Madea, a sharp-tongued, iron-willed Southern matriarch played by her son in a padded dress and wig in a series of plays and hit movies including Madea's Family Reunion and the 2009 film Madea Goes to Jail, which opened at No. 1 at U.S. box offices and grossed $90.5 million.
Cause of Death: Illness
Born: February 12, 1945
Died: December 8, 2009
Location: Greensburg, Louisiana