- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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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