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Oprah Winfrey's OWN to Simulcast Maya Angelou's June 7 Memorial Service, Michelle Obama to Speak

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 6, 2014 at 12:48PM

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will simulcast Dr. Maya Angelou’s private memorial service at Wake Forest University, North Carolina this Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT.
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Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will simulcast Dr. Maya Angelou’s private memorial service at Wake Forest University, North Carolina this Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT. The memorial service will also be available to view on Oprah.com.

Winfrey will speak at the service along with First Lady Michelle Obama, among others. 

Winfrey stated: 

“I've been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s.  She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life.  The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher.  ‘When you learn, teach.  When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.

 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.” 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.