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By the time she died, three years after her husband, in 1982, Branden had remarried and she had become estranged from many of her closest associates.
Her works, however, have remained influential and are read by millions around the world.
Ayn Rand - whose work is scrutinised in BBC Two's new documentary, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace - is something of a Marmite figure.
Some love her, some hate her and her philosophic system of Objectivism has certainly attracted widespread criticism over the years.
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Rand, however, rejected the finished version, saying she “disliked it from beginning to end”.
Rand was born in Russia in 1905 and moved to the US after becoming one of the first Russian women to graduate from university.
It was in this post-Revolutionary country that she was introduced to the works of Plato, Aristotle and Nietzsche and decided that she was an atheist.
Rand remained an outspoken activist all her life and continued to write and speak on her philosophy.
A cult swelled around her and she has an army of dedicated followers to this day.
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