Everyone wants to claim a piece of the Cookie. But at Saturday's taping of the 2016 BET Honors, Empire co-creator Lee Daniels revealed the true inspiration behind the iconic matriarch on Fox's wildly popular drama.
“Everyone says they created Cookie (Lyon),” he joked during his acceptance speech for his contributions to television and film. “No, seriously, I’m being sued by everyone but Cookie came from my grandmother. Her name was Grace H. Daniels."