Maya Angelou receives a Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, February 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)
The great American poet, author, activist, and actor Dr. Maya Angelou died today at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86.
From her local paper:
In addition to her many books, she was a Grammy winner for three spoken-word albums. She had a home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she was a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University.
Her 1969 book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” —- which describes "in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South" -— was one of the first autobiographies by a contemporary black woman writer to reach a wide audience.
The New York Times, NPR, Time, the Washington Post, and every other news outlet of note in America offer obituaries, but one need only read a few lines of her work, or listen to her reading them in her own voice, to gain a sense of what the world just lost.
Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, a prolific author, and an outspoken activist for peace and human rights. He died Saturday, at 87 years old.
Michu Meszaros, the circus performer and actor who played Alf the extraterrestrial on the 1980s sitcom, has died at age 76. Maestros also appeared in “Looks Who’s Talking, “Big Top Pee-wee,” and episodes of “Dear John” and “H.R. Pufnstuf.”
Actress Madeleine Lebeau has died. She was 92. She is best known in America for her role as ‘Yvonne’ in Casablanca. Lebeau was the film’s last known surviving cast member, and also performed in a number of classic films including Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ and Hold Back the Dawn with Errol Flynn and Olivia de […]
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