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One of Oprah’s best friends passes away and this is what she learnt from her.

Lizzie Marton by Lizzie Marton
May 31st, 2014

Maya Angelou, the award-winning writer, poet, actress and civil rights activist passed away on Wednesday after battling heart problems, at the age of 86.

If you don’t know who she is, Maya Angelou was an icon, who survived a childhood rape that left her mute and when she later found her voice, it became heard around the world. She won three Grammys, spoke six languages, was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and read one of her poems at President Clinton’s inauguration.

She was an inspiration to so many women around the world, including Oprah, who released a statement about how much Angelou meant to her:

“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother, sister and friend since my early 20s. 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.”

Oprah Winfrey

Maya Angelou and Oprah

Whilst Maya may have left this earth, her words, and her advice to other women will live on.

A lot of women who join us On The Couch tell Monty about how other women have helped them throughout their life.

Who is the woman in your life that you go to for advice?