Maya Angelou

Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter
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Born: 04/04/1928 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (79)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise 2016 (Movie)

(Herself)

Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Rosenwald 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Oprah Presents: Master Class 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

BET Honors 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

On The Shoulders of Giants 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Moesha 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Public Speaking 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 1996, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

As Seen Through These Eyes 2009 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Dateline NBC 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Hair 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

African American Lives 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

May (Actor)

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

America Beyond the Color Line 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

America Responds: A National Conversation 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Billie Holiday: Sensational Lady 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

We Are Not Vanishing 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jessye Norman Sings For the Healing of AIDS 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey: Heart of the Matter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Phyllis Diller: First Lady of Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

1999 Special Olympics -- World Summer Games 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Maya Angelou 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Madagascar: A World Apart 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Century of Women 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Porgy and Bess: An American Voice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy Jones -- The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

How Do You Spell God? 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Perfect Moment 1997 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

American Dreamers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Maya Angelou Talking With David Frost 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ark of the Spirit With Avery Brooks 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Concert of the Americas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Host

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

The Horatio Alger Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Journey of August King 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12 Most Fascinating People of 1993 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Horatio Alger Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

Malcolm X: The Real Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

One Child, One Dream: The Horatio Alger Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

Aunt June (Actor)

The Alistair Cooke Salute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Maya Angelou: Rainbow in the Clouds 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

Who Cares About Kids? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The R.A.C.E. 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Moyers: Facing Evil 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Richard Pryor Special 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Richard Pryor Special? 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Assignment America 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Depression (TV Show)

Actor

There Are No Children Here (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (7)

Angelou on Burns 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brewster Place 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

Sister, Sister 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Georgia, Georgia 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

America's Dream (TV Show)

From Story

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (TV Show)

Screenplay
Music (3)

Perfect Moment 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Georgia, Georgia 1970 (Movie)

songs (Song)

For Love of Ivy 1968 (Movie)

songs (Song)
Director (1)

Down in the Delta 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (2)

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

poems("Alone" "In a Time" "Phenomenal Woman" "A Kind of Love, Some Say" "A Conceit") (Other)

And Still I Rise 1992 (Movie)

from poem (Other)

Relationships

Tosh Angelou

Husband
divorced c. 1952

Vivian Baxter

Mother
separated from Angelou's father when she was 3 1/2 died c. 1992

Paul Feu

Husband
married in 1973 divorced

Bailey Johnson

Father
separated from Angelou's mother when she was 3 1/2

Guy Johnson

Son
resides in California

Bailey Johnson

Brother
born c. 1926

Colin Johnson

Grandson
resides in California

Vusumzi Make

Husband
divorced

EDUCATION

Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute

Los Angeles , California

AFI Conservatory

1974

studied dance with Martha Graham, Pearl Primus and Ann Halprin

studied drama with Frank Silvera and Gene Frankel

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1974

attended public schools in Arkansas and California

Milestones

1998

Feature directorial debut, "Down in the Delta"

1996

Wrote the screenplay for "Angelou on Burns", a documentary exploring her passion for the poetry of Robert Burns

1996

Provided narration and music for "Perfect Moment" documentary

1995

Portrayed Alfre Woodard's mother in "How to Make an American Quilt"

1993

Supplied the poetry "written" by the character of Justice (Janet Jackson) in John Singleton's "Poetic Justice"; also played Aunt Jane

1993

Acted in ABC-TV movie "There Are No Children Here", starring Oprah Winfrey

1993

Presented poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the Presidential inauguration; written specifically for the event at President Bill Clinton's request

1990

Wrote the premiere episode of the TV drama series, "Brewster Place" (ABC)

1989

Appeared in the feature documentary "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket"

1982

Wrote the screenplay for "Sister, Sister", an NBC-TV movie

1981

Appointed to a lifetime posiition as the Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1979

Co-wrote teleplay for CBS adaptation of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

1977

Played Nyo Boto on the landmark TV miniseries, "Roots" (ABC)

1976

Librettist, lyricist and composer for the musical "And Still I Rise"; directed production in Oakland, California

1975

Co-hosted, with Studs Terkel, George F Will and Doris Stearns, the PBS interview series, "Assignment America"

1974

Directed short film "All Day Long"; also scripted

1973

Debuted on Broadway in "Look Away", earning a Tony nomination

1972

Wrote the screenplay and songs for the feature film, "Georgia, Georgia"; reputedly the first produced script by an African-American woman

1972

Received Pulitzer Prize nomination in poetry for "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Die"

1968

Co-wrote songs for feature film, "For Love of Ivy"

1966

Two plays of hers, "The Least of These" and "The Clawing Within", received productions

1961

Played Queen in NYC theatrical production of Jean Genet's "The Blacks"

1960

Produced and acted in "Cabaret for Freedom" at NYC's Village Gate

1957

Acted off-Broadway in "Calypso Heatwave"

1957

Feature film debut, "Calypso Heat Wave"

1954

Toured European and African cities in "Porgy and Bess" for US State Department

1936

Moved back to her mother's house in San Francisco; raped at age 7 1/2 by one of her mother's boyfriends (date approximate)

1936

Mute for five years until an older friend back in Arkansas helped her deal with the problem (dates approximate)

1932

Sent with her brother to live with her paternal grandmother in Stamp, Arkansas after parents separated (date approximate)

Moved with her parents to California as an infant

Was a dancer with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company

Served as Assistant Administrator of School of Music and Drama, University of Ghana; contributed to Ghanian Broadcasting Corporation during this period

Performed in nightclubs

Was feature editor of THE AFRICAN REVIEW

Bonus Trivia

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Honored with the Trumpet Award in 1993.

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Angelou's participation at the Clinton inaugural was the first time a poet had taken part in the event since Robert Frost spoke at President John F Kennedy's inauguration.

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She speaks French, Spanish, Italian and West African Fanti, in addition to her native English.

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In 2002, Angelou debuted a line of greeting cards and trinkets produced by Hallmark.

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Received the National Medal of Arts from US President Bill Clinton (2000).

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Her many accolades include: the Ladies Home Journals Woman of the Year in Communications Award (1983), the North Carolina Award for Literature (1987), a Horatio Alger Award (1992), Essence's Woman of the Year Award (1994) and more than 50 honorary degrees from colleges and universities across the nation.

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