Maya Angelou & Her Famous Friends

Touched by an angel! From the Clintons to Common, see who were among the poet laureate's biggest fans

  • BILL CLINTON photo | Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou

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Updated: Wednesday May 28, 2014 | 01:10 PM EDT By: Nancy Mattia & Brooke Showell

BILL CLINTON

President Bill Clinton chose the celebrated poet to read at his inauguration in 1993, when she recited the original composition "On the Pulse of Morning." In 2009, the former president escorts Angelou when she accepts a Glamour Women of the Year award. "Be as beautiful as you can be, for yourself first, and then to anyone else with enough good sense to see it, too," the author shares in her speech.