Lee Daniels is an American director and producer. As of now, he has produced Monster’s Ball and also directed Precious which gained six Academy Award nominations. Furthermore, his notable works also include The Butler followed by 2016 television series Empire and Star and Precious.
Early life, Childhood and Education
Lee was born on December 24, 1959, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Clara Watson and William L. Daniels. Moreover, he has one sister, who is a casting director and other four younger brothers.
Concerning in his education, the Oscar-nominated director attended Radnor High School in 1978. Later, he completed his graduation Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Career, Net Worth and Awards
Lee Daniels began his career from the 2001 blockbuster movie Monster’s Ball. In his very first production, the movie’s actress Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best Actress. Furthermore, the film also got the nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
His next venture The Woodsman also got three nominations at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards, the CICAE Arthouse Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. As a director, Lee’s first directed movie was Shadowboxer starring Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Ferlito, Mo’Nique, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Macy Gray.
In the 2008 movie, Tennessee starred Mariah Carey and Lance Reddick also got huge recognition. For the 2009 movie, Precious Mo’Nique won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Additionally, Lee also earned the nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director. The 2013 film, Butler collected $100 million in the United States in a budget of $30 million. Currently, Lee is in the production of a biopic of Richard Pryor starring Mike Epps and Oprah Winfrey.
Being a famous film director and producer, Lee earns a handsome amount of money from his profession. Currently, he has a net worth of $20 million.So far, his movies have won several awards and nominations. Lee has also been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for the movie Precious.
Rumors and Controversy
Back in 2016, Lee spoke about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, saying that people need to “stop complaining”. For the people who said that all-white nominees are a clear sign of hollywo0d industry racism, Lee stated, “Go out and do the work.
Oscars so white! So what? Do your work. Let your legacy speak and stop complaining, man. Are we really in this for the awards?”Once, Mo’Nique criticized Lee Daniels telling that she was blocked from roles after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Precious.
In 2015, was sued by Sean Penn in a $10 million defamation lawsuit after a controversy in which he stated that “Terrence hasn’t done anything that Sean Penn hasn’t done” after calling Terrence Howard ‘a poor boy’.
Moving towards his body measurements, Lee has brown eyes and black hair. However, his height, weight, and other body measurements are unknown.
Social Media Profile
Lee Daniels is hugely active on social media such as Instagram and Twitter. He regularly posts photos and videos on his social accounts. Currently, he has more than 592k followers and 154k followers on Twitter.