Joy Behar one of AARP The Magazine’s Inspire Award Honorees

HollywoodNews.com: AARP The Magazine , the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with more than 35 million readers, today announced the recipients of its ninth annual Inspire Awards . The Inspire Awards pay tribute to extraordinary people who inspire others to action through their innovative thinking, passion and perseverance.

The 2011 honorees include Maya Angelou (Andrus Award Winner – AARP’s highest honor), Tony Danza (Motivating Students), Lisa Niemi Swayze (Searching for a Cure), Pedro Jose Greer Jr., M.D. (Caring for the Poor), Joy Behar & Eve Behar Scotti (Tackling Heart Disease), Helene Gayle, M.D. (Fighting Global Poverty), Henry Winkler (Helping Stroke Victims), Sandy Chen Stokes (Breaking Cultural Taboos) and Elizabeth Warren (Fixing Finances).

“Maya Angelou is the epitome of service and inspiration and we are honored to have her accept the 2011 Andrus Award,” said A. Barry Rand, CEO of AARP. “Our founder Dr. Andrus was a dynamic woman who fought to enrich and improve the quality of life for older Americans. She lived by the philosophy: To serve, not to be served—and Maya is the perfect example of someone who has done just that. She remains the standard for selfless action to which we should all strive to achieve.”

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