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Jamie Foxx was born Eric Morlon Bishop on the 13th of December, 1967, in Terrell, Texas, a town of 14,000 some 40 kms east of Dallas along Route 80. His upbringing was unusual, to say the least. Thirteen years earlier, his mother, Louise Annette, had been adopted by Mark and Esther Talley. Before young Eric's birth, the now teenager's marriage to Darrell Bishop (later known as Shahid Abdulah after a conversion to Islam) was in trouble. Parents divorced in 1974, so, at just 7 months old, Eric was, like his mother, adopted by the Talleys. "For whatever reason, my biological parents didn't want to make the effort," he'd say later. "Legally, my mother is my sister, because the lady who adopted her in turn adopted me".