(1928 - 2014)
Actress, dancer, and writer, was the first black woman to have an original screenplay produced, Georgia, Georgia, which she directed, Angelou was also the first black woman to have a work on the nonfiction bestseller list. Her autobiographical I know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) evoked images of a black girls childhood in the South, and was nominated for a 1974 National Book Award and aired as a television movie in 1979. An artist of wide ranging talents, she was nominated for a Tony Award for acting and a Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
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(sources: current biography, 1974, pp. 12-15, Jet (8 February 19930, pp. 4-10; Lanker, I Dream A World, p. 162; Smith, Notable black American Women, pp. 23-27.)