She wrote music and plays, received an Emmy nomination for her acting in the 1970s TV miniseries "Roots" and danced with Alvin Ailey.
Bill Clinton at Maya Angelou's memorial service: She 'proved how dumb racism is' →
"Don't get me wrong, though," she said in a 1982 interview that threatened to turn serious. "I'm a comic. I don't deal with problems when I'm working."
Humorist Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles →