PHOTOS: Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

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.

  • FILE - In this July 27, 2004 file photo, poet and activist Maya Angelou Tuesday, July 27, 2004, speaks on stage during the Democratic National Convention, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

  • 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. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2006 file photo, Maya Angelou speaks during the funeral services for Coretta Scott King at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. At rear are President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool, File)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2006 file photo, Maya Angelou speaks during the funeral services for Coretta Scott King at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. At rear are President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 15 1992 file photo, American poet and writer Maya Angelou speaks in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 1993 file photo, U.S. President Bill Clinton reaches out to hug poet Maya Angelou after she delivered the inaugural poem during his inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2013 file photo, Maya Angelou, seated, Junot Diaz, back left, Norman Mailer Center president and co-founder Lawrence Schiller, center, and Samuel R. Delany, pose for photographs during the fifth annual Norman Mailer Center benefit gala at the New York Public Library in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE - In this April 11, 1983 file photo, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, second left, poses with, from left, Jane Bryant Quinn, contributing editor, Newsweek and Woman's Day; Maya Angelou, author; and Mary McGrory, syndicated columnist, The Washington Post. The women are three of six who received the thirteenth annual Matrix Award from the New York Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this April 18, 2008 file photo, then U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, speaks as poet Maya Angelou reacts during a campaign stop at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama kisses author and poet Maya Angelou after awarding her the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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

  • FILE - In this May 17, 2011 file photo, Maya Angelou, left, and Oprah Winfrey laugh during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," in Chicago. Angelou was a mentor to Winfrey, whom she befriended when Winfrey was still a local television reporter, and often appeared on her friend's talk show program. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

  • FILE - In this March 4, 2008 file photo, American poet and noevlist Maya Angelou smiles during an interview with The Associated Press in New York. Angelou has died, Wake Forest University said Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She was 86. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 3, 1971 file photo, Maya Angelou poses with a copy of her book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)