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

Author and activist had a thriving side career on screen

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The poet gave a heartbreaking performance on "The Richard Pryor Special?" in 1977 as the wife of Pryor's Willie, a drunk. When he passes out, she delivers a powerful monologue about lost hopes, the consequences of alcoholism and why the N-word isn't an affectionate term.