PHOTOS: Last Dance, Donna Summer's life

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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2009 file photo, Donna Summer performs at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway.  Summer, the Queen of Disco who ruled the dance floors with anthems like “Last Dance,” “Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girl,” has died. Her family announced her death in a statement Thursday, May 17, 2012.  She was 63.  (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2009 file photo, Donna Summer performs at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway. Summer, the Queen of Disco who ruled the dance floors with anthems like “Last Dance,” “Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girl,” has died. Her family announced her death in a statement Thursday, May 17, 2012. She was 63. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)

Twirling her leopard-print dress on stage in the '70s, proudly holding many of her music awards and performing in recent years on "American Idol", Donna Summer was the ultimate disco queen

Summer, whose hits such as "Last Dance" and "Bad Girls", were the soundtrack to much of the seventies and eighties, died Thursday in Florida. She was 63.

Here's a look at the life of Summer whose career transcended disco's demise to make her a cross-generational star.