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3. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

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Maya Angelou was one of the most inspirational women of the 20th century. The author, poet, dancer, actress and singer had published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry and was credited with a list of plays. But it was not the quantity of literature she wrote, it was revolutionary person she was that made her so remarkable. Maya, a citizen-activist, was not involved in politics, but still had the ability to influence political decisions and opinions. One of her most noteworthy public moments was when she performed On the Pulse of Morning at former president Bill Clinton’s inauguration.

4. Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

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Robin Williams has been regarded as one of the greatest performers of his generation, both in comedy and film. Williams, best known for his work in Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet’s Society, and Good Morning, Vietnam first began his career as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco. Williams won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards. Williams is remembered for his one of a kind improvisational skills. Sadly, Williams committed suicide at his home in California in August 2014 after struggling with addiction, depression and an early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. He was one of the most shocking stars we lost in 2014, as he seemed so full of life.

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