Born: April 4, 1928
Died: May 28, 2014
Occupation: Poet, dancer, playwright, author, actress, professor
Biography: Maya Angelou was an American author and poet. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees.