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"This film imbues in its audience the sense of sorrow and respect that the masterpiece, Life is Beautiful, brought to the screen."
- Moving Pictures Magazine

"Celine was so beautiful... like a Madonna. We became friends. I wanted to help her."

Dina Gottliebova Gypsy girl

"Gypsy Girl" by Dina Gottliebova, is one of many gypsy portraits she painted, ordered by Dr. Mengele, whose fascination with genetics kept the artist alive during her wartime internment in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Maya Angelou (Narrator) was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Writer, Poet Laureate, dancer, African-American activist, Angelou spent her difficult formative years moving back and forth between her mother's and grandmother's. At age eight, she was raped by her mother's boyfriend, who was subsequently killed by her uncles. The trauma of the event caused her to go mute for nearly six years.

Angelou spent her teens and early twenties as a dancer. At 16 she gave birth to a son, Guy Johnson, after which she toured Europe and Africa in the musical Porgy and Bess. On returning to New York City in the 1960s, she joined the Harlem Writers Guild and became involved in black activism. She then spent several years in Ghana as editor of African Review.
Angelou's five-volume autobiography commenced with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1970. The memoirs chronicle different eras of her life and were met with critical acclaim. Later books include All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986) and My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me (1994). She has published several volumes of verse, including And Still I Rise (1987) and Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1995). Her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die (1971), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She also teaches at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where she has a lifetime position as the Reynolds professor of American studies.

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