Face to Face: Maya Angelou

Duration: 38 minutes

First transmitted in 1994, Jeremy Isaacs asks the American writer Maya Angelou about her life, her writing and her hopes for the future. What unfolds is a frank and sometimes shocking account of her journey to becoming an established author.

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    "Maya Angelou, in your life you've been all sorts of things: cook; a conductorette on a tram car; a madam; a prostitute; a dancer; a singer; an actress; a civil rights activist; a writer. What’s given you most satisfaction?" So opens this edition of the re-launched interview format Face to Face. Maya Angelou untangles her past to produce a compelling account of a life that led to her becoming one of America's most celebrated writers.
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Jeremy Isaacs
Interviewed Guest
Maya Angelou
Janet Lee


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    A collection of programmes from the BBC archives exploring culture in the USA.

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    A collection of BBC interviews with influential figures of the 20th century.

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