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1. Madea is a southern-mama!

Madea, whose real name is Mabel Simmons, was born in Greensburg, Louisiana about 20 minutes away from Britney Spears’ hometown of Kentwood. In fact, Madea knew the pop star’s great-grandmother, although she has said “I didn’t like her and she didn’t like me.”

2. Madea makes a famous sweet potato pie that’s to die for. 

Madea has buried eight husbands who all died of “mysterious causes after some terrible arguments,” according to her account. The one thing they all had in common was eating her famous sweet potato pies. Three days after they each tried the special recipe created just for them, no one ever heard a word from them again. To this day, Madea won’t share the recipe with anyone.

3. Madea was a cheerleader in high school.

Yep, that’s right. How do you think she got to be so flexible?

4. Madea’s parents were super strict. 

They literally didn’t let her out of the house until she was 17, yikes. She did have a little theft problem and racked up quite a record by the time she was an adult. I guess it was for her own good.

5. Madea drives a Cadillac.

She rides in style via a Cadillac Sedan de Ville loaded with all the extras. And although Madea has driven that bad boy into several windows (and a few drive in’s) it still looks fresh off the showroom. She must have an awesome liability plan.

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