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AP PHOTOS: Maya Angelou's life and art

Wednesday - 5/28/2014, 6:30pm  ET

FILE - In this May 20, 2010 file photo, Poet Maya Angelou, left, greets director Lee Daniels at a garden party in honor of Angelou at Angelou's home in Winston-Salem, N.C. Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, has died, Wake Forest University said in a statement Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She was 86. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

The Associated Press

Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, Maya Angelou defied all probability and category, enjoying mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium.

Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman, survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais.

She died Wednesday at age 86. Here is a look at her art and life through the years.


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