Who really inspired Empire's "Cookie"?

There's been a lot of talk over the lead lady on FOX's hit show "Empire."

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF)- There's been a lot of talk over the lead lady on FOX's hit show "Empire."

Now, we finally know who really inspired the role of "Cookie."

Empire's co-creator Lee Daniels said at the BET Honors on Saturday, that his inspiration for Cookie actually came from his grandmother Grace Daniels.

He described her as a politician for the African-American community.

She even had a street named after her in West Philadelphia.

Daniels said she was really tough and went door to door encouraging people to vote.

He says she was also known for carrying a gun.

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