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Lee Daniels on Philanthropy, Star and How He’s Building an Empire

by Laura Schreffler

Within five minutes of meeting Lee Daniels, you realize that the guy is a giver. Yes, we do mean in the philanthropic sense, but his generosity is more than mere largesse. When he gives anything—be it his time, attention or advice—he gives it fully. He is completely present, wholly engaged and always, without a doubt, one hundred percent himself. That said, Lee Daniels will also—if the situation calls for it—give you hell.

He refers to himself as “intuitive and kind to a fault” but also, when he’s hurt, “ruthless to get back on track.” He also realizes that his self-descriptions clash, but that’s pure Lee Daniels for you.

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