Maya Angelou

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Marguerite Ann Johnson
  • Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/04/1928, Aries
  • Date of Death: 05/28/2014
  • Profession: Author; poet; professor; actor; dancer; director
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Maya Angelou Fast Facts:
  • Immersed herself in literature following a personal tragedy as a child and refused to speak for nearly six years.
  • Was nicknamed Maya as a child by her older brother.
  • Was San Francisco's first black female cable car conductor.
  • As a teen she acquired a love for music and dance, and toured the world in a 1954 production of Porgy and Bess.
  • Recorded her first album Calypso Lady in 1957.
  • Joined the Harlem Writers Guild in 1958 and appeared Off-Broadway in The Blacks.
  • Worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in the 1960s.
  • Published the best seller I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1969, the first of seven autobiographies.
  • Wrote and delivered the poem "On the Pulse of Morning" for President Bill Clinton's 1993 inaugural.
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts in 2000.
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
  • Spoke six languages.
  • Was awarded more than 30 honorary degrees; taught American Studies at Wake Forest University.
  • Maya Angelou Relationships:
  • Vivian Baxter - Mother
  • Bailey Johnson Sr. - Father
  • Guy Johnson - Son
  • Tosh Angelos - Ex-husband
  • Vusumzi Make - Ex-husband
  • Bailey Johnson Jr. - Brother
  • Paul du Feu - Ex-husband
  • Maya Angelou Awards:
  • 1973 Tony: Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic) - Nominee
  • 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee

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