Maya Angelou

as Herself in the movie All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!

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Real name is Marguerite Annie Johnson
Was born at 4 April 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA . Died at 28 May 2014, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
There is some small facts about Maya Angelou:
  • Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1986.
  • She read her poem "On the Pulse Into Morning" at the inauguration of President 'Bill Clinton (I)' on January 20, 1993, only the second poet asked to compose and deliver a poem at a US Presidential Inauguration, after 'Robert Frost (I)' at the inauguration of President 'John F. Kennedy' in 1961.
  • She was the first black and female cable car conductor in San Francisco.
  • Her nickname "Maya" came from her older brother, Bailey, who called her "My" and "Mine".
  • She recorded an album for Liberty Records in 1957 titled "Miss Calypso".
  • At age seven, Maya was raped by her mother's boyfriend. She wasn't going to tell anyone, but her brother Bailey persuaded her to tell him who raped her. As a result, the man was killed. Maya believed her spoken word caused his death, and as a result refused to speak for years.
  • Mother of Guy B. Johnson, author of the novel "Standing at the Scratch Line" (2001) and 'Echoes of a Distant Summer: A Novel" (2011).
  • Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • The title of her memoir "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" comes from the poem "Sympathy" (specifically, the last stanza) by 'Paul Laurence Dunbar' .
  • Attended and graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
  • Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 14-25. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) as Mary Lincoln confidant Elizabeth Keckley in "Look Away.".
  • Spoke fluent French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and West African Fanti.
  • She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C.
  • Thanked by Fiona Apple in the liner notes of her album "Tidal".
  • She recorded an album with 'Nick Ashford' and 'Valerie Simpson (I)' , called "Been Found" in 1996.
  • Considered Oprah Winfrey her dear friend and the daughter she always wanted, while Oprah considered her as "a mother-sister-friend" and "one of the greatest influences in her entire life".
  • Toured Europe and Africa in an American production cast of 'Porgy and Bess' between 1954 and 1955.
  • Hosted and was a subject-matter expert for the instructional telecourse "Humanities Through the Arts".
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President 'Barack Obama' in 2011.
  • She had been awarded more than thirty honorary college and university degrees.
  • Was narrator for "Hall of Presidents" at Walt Disney Theme Parks following Rex Allen.
  • Pictured on a USA 'forever' commemorative postage stamp issued 7 April 2015. Price on day of issue was 49ยข.
  • Inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 1993 (inaugural class).
Also look some video clip about Maya Angelou:
There is the list of movies, where Maya Angelou was taked part:
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1 All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! movie All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! 1994 as Herself
2 Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World movie Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World 1994 as Herself
3 Entertainment Weekly & TV Land Present: The 50 Greatest TV Icons movie Entertainment Weekly & TV Land Present: The 50 Greatest TV Icons 2007 as Herself
4 Heart Health for the Generations movie Heart Health for the Generations 2003 as Herself - Spokesperson
5 I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song movie I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song 2015 as Herself
6 Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television movie Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 as Herself
7 Out of Africa: Heroes and Icons movie Out of Africa: Heroes and Icons 2005 as Herself
8 The Ballad of Greenwich Village movie The Ballad of Greenwich Village 2005 as Herself
9 The Jonathan Dimbleby Interviews movie The Jonathan Dimbleby Interviews 1999 as Herself
10 The Richard Pryor Special? movie The Richard Pryor Special? 1977 as Willie's Wife
11 Dateline NBC movie Dateline NBC 1992 as Herself - Poet (segment "Language Barrier?")
12 22nd NAACP Image Awards movie 22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 as Herself
13 30th NAACP Image Awards movie 30th NAACP Image Awards 1999 as Herself
14 3rd Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards movie 3rd Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1997 as Herself
15 Alistair Cooke Salute movie Alistair Cooke Salute 1992 as Herself
16 American Dreamers movie American Dreamers 1996 as Herself
17 An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder movie An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder 2006 as Herself
18 As Seen Through These Eyes movie As Seen Through These Eyes 2008 as Narrator
19 Calypso Heat Wave movie Calypso Heat Wave 1957 as Maya Angelou
20 Celebrate! Christmas with Maya Angelou movie Celebrate! Christmas with Maya Angelou 2005 as Herself
21 CMT: 20 Greatest Songs of Faith movie CMT: 20 Greatest Songs of Faith 2005 as Herself - Host
22 Ebonys 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards movie Ebonys 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1994 as Herself
23 Elmo Saves Christmas movie Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 as Narrator
24 Good Hair movie Good Hair 2009 as Herself
25 How to Make an American Quilt movie How to Make an American Quilt 1995 as Anna
26 Hungry i reunion movie Hungry i reunion 1981 as Herself
27 Inside the White House movie Inside the White House 1995 as Herself
28 Joe Louis: Americas Hero... Betrayed movie Joe Louis: Americas Hero... Betrayed 2008 as Herself
29 Legends Ball movie Legends Ball 2006 as Herself
30 Madeas Family Reunion movie Madeas Family Reunion 2006 as May
31 Maya Angelou and Still I Rise movie Maya Angelou and Still I Rise 2016 as Herself
32 On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of movie On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of 2010 as Herself
33 Oprahs Master Class: Belief Special movie Oprahs Master Class: Belief Special 2015 as Herself
34 Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk movie Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk 2002 as Herself
35 Phenomenal Woman movie Phenomenal Woman 2001 as Phenomenal Woman
36 Poetic Justice movie Poetic Justice 1993 as Aunt June
37 Porgy and Bess movie Porgy and Bess 1959 as Dancer
38 Quincy Jones... The First 50 Years movie Quincy Jones... The First 50 Years 1998 as Herself
39 Roots: Celebrating 25 Years movie Roots: Celebrating 25 Years 2002 as Herself
40 Sisters in Cinema movie Sisters in Cinema 2003 as Herself
There is the list of interview of Maya Angelou:
  • "Modern Maturity" (USA), September 2001, Vol. 44w, Iss. 5, pg. 26-27, by: Ponchitta Pierce, "Maya's Song"
  • "Viva" (USA), March 1974, Vol. 1, Iss. 6, by: Ric Ballad, "Interview with Maya Angelou"
There is the list of some articles of Maya Angelou:
  • "Linn's Stamp News" (USA), 4 May 2015, Vol. 88, Iss. 4514, pg. 1, 18, by: Michael Baadke, "No plans for new Maya Angelou Stamp despite questions over the quote printed on it"
  • "Linn's Stamp News" (USA), 27 April 2015, Vol. 88, Iss. 4513, pg. 1, 18, by: Michael Baadke, "Questions about the quote on Angelou stamp; article idendifies a different author as source"
  • "Linn's Stamp News" (USA), 6 April 2015, Vol. 88, Iss. 4510, pg. 12, by: Michael Baadke, "Maya Angelou commemorative honors acclaimed poet, author"
  • "Linn's Stamp News" (USA), 23 March 2015, Vol. 88, Iss. 4508, pg. 14, by: Michael Baadke, "Maya Angelou in pane of 12; issue date and design revealed"
  • "Linn's Stamp News" (USA), 16 March 2015, Vol. 88, Iss. 4507, pg. 11, by: Michael Baadke and Denise McCarty, "Upcoming U.S. Stamp to honor Maya Angelou"
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), January 2011, Vol. 58, Iss. 1, pg. 41, by: Jeanne Dorin McDowell, "10 Who Inspire: 5: Maya Angelou, Andrus Award Winner"
  • "Parade" (USA), 28 November 2010, pg. 18, by: Maya Angelou, "Sunday Dinner: Simple Pleasures"
  • "Orlando Sentinel" (USA), 11 June 2008, by: Hillel Italie, "At 80, Maya Angelou Says She's Not Done Yet"
  • "Parade" (USA), 25 December 2005, pg. 4-5, by: Maya Angelou, "Let's Thank Those Who Came Before Us"
  • "Smithsonian" (USA), November 2005, Vol. 36, Iss. 8, pg. 84-85, by: Richard Long, "Maya Angelou"
  • "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" (USA), 19 July 2005, Vol. 57, Iss. 200, pg. E1+E4, by: Teresa K. Weaver, "Kindred language: Poet Maya Angelou and son testify to power of words"
  • "Reader's Digest" (USA), December 2002, pg. 65-66, by: Maya Angelou, "Kitchen Duty" (A Holiday to Remember)
  • "The Washington Post" (USA), 11 May 2002, Vol. 125, Iss. 157, pg. C1+C4, by: Linton Weeks, "Hallmark of a Poet"
There is the list of some quotes of Maya Angelou:
  • Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.
  • If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
  • At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
  • I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
  • The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
  • Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
  • Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
  • Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.
  • On love: The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.
  • On childhood: Few, if any survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity.
  • On experience: A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
  • [observation at 85] I've still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa can say, 'You know, that's the truth. I wasn't there , and I wasn't a six-foot black girl, but that's the truth'.
  • I like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them.
  • I think men are as crazy as they were, and women as crazy as they were.. I've never had a dislike for men. I've been badly mistreated by some. But I've been loved greatly by some. I married a lot of them.
  • [on reconnecting with her mother who had abandoned her ten years before] I didn't know her. I didn't trust her. But I began to like her because she was kind. I said, 'I'd like to call you Lady'. She told everybody, "Call me Lady from now on'. Amazing. And she was kind to people, all sorts of people - white ones and black ones and Spanish-speaking ones. If they needed something, my mother was the one.
  • [on Michelle Obama] Philosophers tell us that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Mrs. Obama is as if it doesn't touch her. She hasn't tried to become anybody else's idea of First Lady. She has remained herself, with her grace, her gentleness, and her sense of humor. That she would dare to wear clothes off the rack, or go out and garden, or have a grandmother in the White House - she knows how to be a public figure without being separate from her family.
  • [on the George Zimmerman acquittal] A number of people think that only blacks were hurt, that African Americans were hurt by this decision, but that is not true. All you have to do is look at the protesters - they are white and black, Spanish-speaking and Asian. What is really injured - bruised if you will - is the psyche of our national population. We are all harmed. We are all belittled, and we give to the rest of the world more ammunition to sneer at us. It really makes me see how far we have to go, that one man armed with a gun can actually profile a young man because he is black and end up shooting him dead. It is so painful.
  • By love I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound, it encourages us to the develop courage and then bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings.
  • [describing herself] A too- big Negro girl, with nappy black hair, broad feet, and a space between her teeth that would hold a number-two pencil.
  • I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
  • Success is liking yourself.
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