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Maya Angelou, famed poet and author, dead at 86

6/17/2014
Maya Angelou, famed poet and author, dead at 86 © AP / Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, famed poet and author, dead at 86

By Jordan Zakarin
TheWrap

Maya Angelou, a towering icon of literature and the civil rights movement, has died at the age of 86.

The poet was found in her Winston Salem home early Wednesday.

Best known for her memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Angelou wrote seven autobiographies and many books of poetry; worked on civil rights issues with leaders ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama; and even became the first African-American woman to write a produced screenplay, "Georgia, Georgia" in 1972.

Angelou was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

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