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Tyler Perry in Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Much has been said — positively and negatively — about Madea, but there isn't a shadow of a doubt that Perry's most infamous character has made an indellible mark on history. Perry first donned Madea's trademark muumuu in Diary, and she's been his muse ever since.

(Photo: Courtesy Lionsgate Pictures)

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