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Leonardo Louis Daniels
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Lee Daniels Fast Facts:
His father was a policeman who was gunned down in a bar while off duty in 1975.
Moved to Hollywood after quitting college and worked as a receptionist for a nursing agency before successfully starting up a health-care agency of his own by the age of 22.
Acting on the advice of a producer working for singer Prince, began a career as a music-video casting director.
With his former partner Billy Hopkins, adopted the baby twins of his jail-bound brother when they were 3 days old.
Formed production company Lee Daniels Entertainment in 1984; its first feature effort,
(2001), earned two Academy Award nominations, including a Best Actress win for Halle Berry.
In 2004, produced public service announcements encouraging young people of color to vote.
Directorial debut came with the crime thriller
(2005), a violent and sexually explicit film about professional assassins who are also lovers.
The first African-American to receive a nod from the Director's Guild of America and only the second nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Director category for
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Lee Daniels Relationships:
Clara Daniels - Mother
Leah Daniels-Butler - Sister
Billy Hopkins - Ex-significant Other
Andy Sforzini - Significant Other
William Daniels - Father
Clara Daniels - Daughter
Liam Daniels - Son
Lee Daniels Awards:
2009 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
2009 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
2009 Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Winner
2009 Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award - Winner
2009 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Nominee
2009 Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award: Dramatic - Winner
Attended Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO
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