Raised twins Clara and Liam, who are biologically his niece and nephew, as his own children since they were three days old in the mid-1990s. They were born to his brother and his girlfriend, and were adopted by Daniels and his then-boyfriend, Billy Hopkins (who is also his casting director).
Is the second African-American to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars (Precious (2009)).
Is the second African-American to be nominated for an Oscar® for Best Director (Precious (2009)).
Is the first African-American to direct a Best Picture Oscar nominee (Precious (2009)).
Good friends with Mariah Carey.
Suffered a heart attack when he went for a run in the mid-2000s.
Boyfriend since 2009 is Andy Sforzini, an actuary at Prudential Life Insurance.
Has one younger brother and three sisters.
He and Billy Hopkins ended their relationship in 2009. They share custody of their children Clara and Liam.
Worked as casting agent and manager since the 1980s. Among his clients were Nastassja Kinski and Wes Bentley.
His younger sister is casting director Leah Daniels Butler.
Was given the novel "Push", which his movie Precious (2009) is based upon, by Ally Sheedy's mother, Charlotte Sheedy, who is a literary agent.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 2, 2016.
Directed two Oscar nominated performances: Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique. Mo'Nique won for her performance in Precious (2009).
His father, William Daniels, was a police officer in Philadelphia, who was killed in the line of duty. He died when Lee Daniels was age 13.
Revealed that his father was physically abusive and that he did not approve of Daniels' homosexuality.
Attended and graduated from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri.
Attended and graduated from Radnor High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania (1978).