Maya Angelou — Photos By: Paige Kindlick 1 of 10 Maya Angelou WF/AP/REX/Shutterstock Maya Angelou, a 6 foot multi-talented ex-Arkansan, has been hired as Hollywood’s first black woman movie director, . She’ll write the script and music, as well as direct “Caged Bird,” which is based on her best-selling 1969 autobiography. She’s been a professional singer, dancer, writer, composer, poet, lecturer, editor, and San Francisco streetcar conductorette MAYA ANGELOU, HOLLYWOOD, USA April 4, 2018, 8:05AM 2 of 10 Maya Angelou AP/REX/Shutterstock MAYA ANGELOU A 1992 photo of poet Maya Angelou MAYA ANGELOU, USA April 4, 2018, 8:05AM 3 of 10 Maya Angelou CHUCK BURTON/AP/REX/Shutterstock MAYA ANGELOU Maya Angelou, poet in residence at Wake Forest University, talks about the poem she wrote for President Clinton’s inauguration from her office in Winston-Salem, N.C., . Angelou will narrate the poem to music Saturday at the school MAYA ANGELOU, WINSTON-SALEM, USA April 4, 2018, 8:05AM 4 of 10 Maya Angelou Walter Mcbride/REX/Shutterstock Black American Author and Poet Maya Angelou Photographed in September 30 1999 Unknown Unknown Maya Angelou – 30 Sep 1999 April 4, 2018, 8:05AM 5 of 10 Maya Angelou RICHARD DREW/AP/REX/Shutterstock ANGELOU Author Maya Angelou listens to a question during an interview in her New York apartment . Angelou, the author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “Gather Together in My Name,” has teamed with Hallmark to develop a line of greeting cards and gifts that distill her writings MAYA ANGELOU HALLMARK, NEW YORK, USA April 4, 2018, 8:05AM 6 of 10 Maya Angelou Justin Williams/REX/Shutterstock Maya Angelou THE HAY FESTIVAL – 2002 April 4, 2018, 8:05AM 7 of 10 Maya Angelou Stephan Savoia/AP/REX/Shuttersto Maya Angelou Poet and activist Maya Angelou, speaks on stage during the Democratic National Convention, in Boston. Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, has died, Wake Forest University said in a statement Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She was 86 Obit Maya Angelou, Boston, USA April 4, 2018, 8:05AM 8 of 10 Maya Angelou REX/Shutterstock MAYA ANGELOU MAYA ANGELOU IN LONDON, BRITAIN – 2002 April 4, 2018, 8:05AM 9 of 10 Maya Angelou Reed Saxon/AP/REX/Shutterstock Maya Angelou On, poet and author Maya Angelou speaks during an interview in Santa Monica, Calif. Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, died Wednesday morning, May 28, 2014, at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86 Obit Maya Angelou, Santa Monica, USA April 4, 2018, 8:05AM 10 of 10 Maya Angelou Charles Dharapak/AP/REX/Shutters Maya Angelou Author Maya Angelou takes part in a campaign event with Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., not pictured, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C Maya Angelou, Winston-Salem, USA April 4, 2018, 8:05AM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.