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Celebrities Reflect on Maya Angelou's Extraordinary Life

May 28 2014 - 7:20am

Legendary poet Maya Angelou recently passed away [1], and celebrities are already reacting to her passing by remembering her outstanding career and words of wisdom. Writers like J.K. Rowling and Lena Dunham were among the first to react, with the two tweeting their favorite quotes from Maya. Meanwhile, stars like Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba and Mary J. Blige also offered up their own reflections. Keep reading to see celebrities reacting to Maya's passing and be sure to check back for more as they come in.


Post [2] by Oprah Winfrey [3].


Post [4] by Beyoncé [5].


Angel. #RIPMayaAngelou [6] The first book I read as a teenager, "I know why the caged bird sings". Felt like we knew her pic.twitter.com/inHEh9zIhs [7]

— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 28, 2014 [8]

Uzo Aduba

To Dr. Maya Angelou...thank you. For everything. #PhenomenalWoman [9]

— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) May 28, 2014 [10]

Jenna Bush Hager

One of my most meaningful days w/ Dr. Angelou. Lessons in motherhood as she talked about her dear mother. @MissAliB [11] pic.twitter.com/eOQG9Vw71A [12]

— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) May 28, 2014 [13]

Toni Morrison

Post [14] by Toni Morrison [15].

Mia Farrow

We will miss you so much Maya Angelou - our comfort, our inspiration, our Mother. Thank you. Video: 'Still I Rise' http://t.co/clHRhnjXfB [16]

— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 28, 2014 [17]

Katie Couric

So saddened by the death of the beautiful @DrMayaAngelou [18].

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) May 28, 2014 [19]

Kelly Rowland

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - RIP Maya Angelou


Kris Jenner

The world has lost a truly remarkable activist, educator and an inspiration to all. Rest In Peace… http://t.co/rh83EwhOZ4 [21]

— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) May 28, 2014 [22]

Khloé Kardashian

Maria Shriver

God bless @DrMayaAngelou [23]. A woman who used her voice to raise up, inspire and educate. Her words will live on in everyone who reads them.

— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) May 28, 2014 [24]

Mary J. Blige

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou.

— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) May 28, 2014 [25]

Lena Dunham

Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 28, 2014 [26]

J.K. Rowling

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou - who was utterly amazing.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 28, 2014 [27]

Chelsea Clinton

My thoughts & prayers are with @DrMayaAngelou [28]'s family & friends. A great loss to those who loved her, all who admired her and our country.

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 28, 2014 [29]

Jamie Chung

True poet and beautiful story teller. RIP @DrMayaAngelou [30] pic.twitter.com/2jgT3AKtMB [31]

— Jamie Chung (@jamiechung1) May 28, 2014 [32]

Source: Getty/Jemal Countess [33]

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