She also revealed that she was supposed to visit Maya after shooting scenes for her Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, Selma, in Atlanta — but ended up speaking with her on the phone.
“Sunday, just before coming down here I had an hour-long conversation with her,” said Winfrey. “She was so proud that I was doing this movie, and she said, ‘Take it, baby. Take it all the way,’ because she was a part of the movement.” Winfrey and Angelou shared a special bond that dates back to before Winfrey was famous.
“We met because when I was a young reporter in Baltimore and she was coming through town she was speaking at a school,” said Winfrey. “I called her up and said, ‘If you give me five minutes of your time. I promise you I won’t take more than five minutes.’ And I didn’t take more than five minutes and when I finished she said, ‘Who are you, girl?'”
As far as what Oprah will say at Maya’s memorial service, she told ET “I don’t know what I will say, but it will just come.“