Celebrated poet, playwright and memoirist Maya Angelou (1928-2014) had a dizzying number of firsts and crammed a lot of living into her life. "To know her life story is to simultaneously wonder what on earth you have been doing with your own life and feel glad that you didn't have to go through half the things she has. Before she hit 40 she had been a professional dancer, prostitute, madam, lecturer, activist, singer and editor," wrote Gary Younge in the Guardian. And that's just the half of it. Here are some other things you may not have known.