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5 Things You Didn't Know about Maya Angelou





Tributes are coming in from all over the world for poet Maya Angelou, who has died at age 86. If you've heard of her, you know she wrote many books, including "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings." You probably know she read a poem at President Clinton's first inauguration, and may even know that she was good friends with Oprah Winfrey.

Here are a few more tidbits to add to the Maya Angelou file in your brain.

1. At age 14, she became San Francisco's first female African American cable car conductor.

2. Maya Angelou studied modern dance with Martha Graham, and danced with Alvin Ailey on TV variety shows.

3. She spoke English, French, Spanish, Arabic and the west African language, Fanti.

4. She appeared in the iconic TV mini-series roots in 1977, playing one of the midwives who helped with the birth of Kunta Kinte in Africa.

5. She didn't take herself too seriously. Here she is hanging out with some muppets on Sesame Street!



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