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Maya Angelou: Brief, fun facts about her life

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(WJLA) - World-renowned poet and novelist Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday at her home in North Carolina.

Angelou, who was born Marguerite Anne Johnson, received many accolades for her literary accomplishments over the years.

2013: She was awarded the Literarian Award by the National Book Foundation for her contributions to the literary community. The award was Angelou's first major literary prize, according to the Huffington Post.

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2010: Angelou was honored by the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, and the Lincoln Medal in 2008.

DID YOU KNOW: Outside of her literary accomplishments, Angelou was also an actress. She appeared in "Poetic Justice" in 1993, and Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion" in 2006. Her earliest acting role was in the TV mini-series "Roots" in 1977.

2002: She won her third Grammy for Best Spoke Word for her album "A Song Flung Up to Heaven." She won her first Grammy in 1993 for "One the Pulse of Morning" and another in 1995 for "Phenomenal Woman," according to CNN.

FUN FACT: Maya Angelou was also a dancer. She auditioned for a tour of Porgy and Bess and appeared in the 1959 film of the same name.

In 1981, she was appointed Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, where she worked as a professor up until her death.

To learn more about Angelou and her life, visit her official website.

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