AP PHOTOS: Maya Angelou's life and art

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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, poet Maya Angelou smiles at an event in Washington. 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/Gerald Herbert, File)

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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