|Lee Daniels Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||December 24, 1959|
Lee Daniels is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter who is best known for directing films such as Shadowboxer (2005), Precious (2009), The Paperboy (2012), and The Butler (2013). He has also produced movies such as Monster’s Ball (2001), The Woodsman (2004), Tennessee (2008), Precious (2009), Pimp (2018), and The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021). He has served as the co-creator, executive producer, director, and writer of the musical drama TV series Empire (2015–2020) and Star (2016-2019). In December 2016, he was honored with a ‘Star’ on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’.
Lee Louis Daniels
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Lee had graduated, in 1978, from the Radnor High School, a public school in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Thereafter, he had joined the Lindenwood University, a private liberal arts university in Saint Charles, Missouri.
Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter
- Father – William L. Daniels (Police Officer) (d. 1975)
- Mother – Clara Watson
- Siblings – Leah Daniels-Butler (Younger Sister) (Casting Director, Producer), Cheryl Daniels (Younger Sister), Lydia ‘Girlie’ Daniels (Younger Sister), Maynard Daniels (Younger Brother)
- Others – Honey Davenport (née James Heath-Clark) (Cousin) (Drag Performer, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist)
Lee Daniels’ net worth had been $20 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Lee has dated –
- Billy Hopkins (1994–2009) – Lee had started dating casting director Billy Hopkins in 1994. In the mid-1990s, the pair had adopted twins named Clara Daniels and Liam Daniels who are Lee’s biological niece and nephew. The couple had raised the children as their own and had shared their custody after their separation in 2009.
- Andy Sforzini (2009-2010)
- Jahil Fisher (2011-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of African-American descent.
- Mildly stocky frame
- Close-cropped hair
- Sports a rugged beard
- Affable smile
Lee Daniels Facts
- After quitting college, realizing that liberal arts schooling was not for him, Lee had moved to Hollywood. There, he had worked as a receptionist in a nursing agency before starting his own nursing agency that specialized in HIV/AIDS treatment.
- He had later sold the agency and switched to working as a music-video casting director and talent manager, after a chance meeting with a Hollywood producer. His early career in the entertainment industry, when he was managing actor Wes Bentley, was captured in a documentary titled My Big Break.
- In the mid-2000s, he had suffered a heart attack while he was out in a street jogging.
- He holds the record for being the 1st African-American to solely produce an Oscar-winning film. He had earned the accolade when Halle Berry had won an Academy Award in the category of ‘Best Actress’ for her work in Monster’s Ball (2001), Lee’s first feature film as a producer.
- His 2nd feature-film directorial venture, Precious (2009), had been nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including 2 nominations for Lee (‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Picture’). He was just the 2nd African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award in the former category. The film was based on the 1996 novel titled Push which was gifted to him by literary agent Charlotte Sheedy, the mother of American former actress Ally Sheedy.
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