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Life in pictures: Madame Chiang Kai-shek
Madame Chiang Kai-shek, seen in this 1940 file photo
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Soong May-ling was born into one of the wealthiest and most influential families in pre-revolutionary China
Madame Chiang Kai-shek, left, is seen with her sisters Ai-ling, centre, and Ching-ling right in 1942
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All three sisters married men who helped shape China's modern history, and are remembered for loving power (May-ling), money (Ai-ling) and China (Ching-ling)
Madame Chiang Kai-shek is seen in her Riverdale, New York, living quarters on Jan. 8, 1950
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Madame Chiang's charm, fluent English and passion for her cause won her huge popular support in the US, where she had been educated
President Franklin D. Roosevelt is seated with Madame and Chiang Kai-shek, 1943
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She was pivotal in winning US backing and money for her husband's fight, as here with President Roosevelt
Chiang and his wife with Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell
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General Joseph Stilwell (right), who commanded US troops in China, described her as "direct, forceful, energetic. Loves power"
Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt sits with Madame Chiang Kai-shek
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After the Nationalists were forced to flee to Taiwan, Madame Chiang remained an influential figure, seen here with Eleanor Roosevelt
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek with his wife, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, 1964
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It was only once Chiang's health began to waver that she lost her grip on power, moving to the US after he died

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