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Maya Angelou is remembered as a giant of literature and a champion of civil rights. But Robin Roberts also cherishes the quieter, more personal moments she shared with her friend. "Oh boy, it's still hard for me right now to talk about it," the Good Morning America anchor, 53, told People Wednesday of Angelou's passing at age 86. "She was somebody who meant a lot to all of us. I had the privilege of knowing her and being in her home on several occasions, and she was just a woman of great grace, elegance, a true renaissance woman, and her words and her spirit will live on. »

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