Maya Angelou on Screen: 8 Powerful TV and Film Appearances (Photos)

  • "The Richard Pryor Special?"
  • "Roots"
  • "Poetic Justice"
  • "Sesame Street"
  • "Iconoclasts"
  • "Madea's Family Reunion"
  • "The Arsenio Hall Show"

Author and activist had a thriving side career on screen

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Angelou was most famous as the author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," which became a 1979 TV movie.