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Angelou, Maya (orig. Marguerite Annie Johnson)

Born: 1928 AD
Currently alive, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Poets


1928 - Marguerite Johnson was born 4th of April in St. Louis, Missouri.


1969 - Worked for her autobiographical writings I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.


1971 - Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for he work Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die.


       - Wrote the screenplay and score for the film Georgia, Georgia the screenplay was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


1973 - Nominated for a Tony Award for Look Away.


1976 - Directed an episode of the award-winning television anthology series, "Visions."


1981 - Appointed to a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.


1986 - Wrote the All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes.


1993 - Became only the second poet in U.S. History to have the honor of writing and reciting original work at the Presidential Inauguration.


         - Angelou recieved Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for On the Pulse of Morning.


1994 - She received the Spingarn Medal.


1995 - Starred in movie "How to Make an American Quilt" as Anna.


1998 - Directed the feature film, Down in the Delta, starring Alfre Woodard.


2005 - Honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball along with 25 other African-American.


2006 - Appeared in Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion".





Page last updated: 5:58pm, 08th Dec '06

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