Maya Angelou, the author and poet who died Wednesday at 86, had a long friendship with Oprah Winfrey, who often cited her as an inspiration and a mentor.
Angelou made several appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" during its 25-year run, and she was interviewed by Winfrey last year for two episodes of OWN's "Super Soul Sunday" program.
"She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it's how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds."
Oprah Winfrey on Maya Angelou: 'She Will Always Be the Rainbow in My Clouds'
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