Ms Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, remained under house arrest until July 1995, facing restrictions on her movements when finally released.
Her husband died of prostate cancer in 1999 at the age of 53. He had asked Burmese authorities to grant him a visa to visit her one last time, but was refused.
Ms Suu Kyi had chosen not to join her family abroad, fearing she would never be allowed back into Burma if she did so. The last time the couple saw each other was at Christmas in 1995.
In this picture, US ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright, right, shakes hands with Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Rangoon in September 1995.