She credited that philosophy for helping her remain happy despite the horrors she lived through as a young woman.
‘‘I am happy because I found the balance between adjusting, or surviving what I was put through, and acting for what I believed in,’’ she said in 2002. ‘‘That’s the key.’’
Associated Press researcher Barbara Sambriski in New York contributed to this report.
Dinesh Ramde can be reached at dramde(at)ap.org.