Margaret Thatcher  1925-2013

"What Britain needs,” Margaret Thatcher said during the campaign, “is an iron lady.” Not all Britons agreed that a strong-willed, somewhat shrill and prickly suburban matron of determinedly right-wing views was the ideal choice to restore their country to greatness. But last week, British voters selected the redoubtable Maggie Thatcher as their new Prime Minister and gave her a clean mandate to make good on her basic campaign promise: to halt Britain’s “slither and slide toward the socialist state.”

Newsweek  May 14, 1979

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Meryl Streep appears in this week’s Newsweek cover story discussing her latest film ‘The Iron Lady’, based on the life of Margaret Thatcher. Meryl graced our Newsweek cover back in 1980, here’s an excerpt:

The face is beautiful but anguished, haunted by sorrow, despair,determination and love. Can one face express all these warring emotions, with a grave dignity that adds a deeper beauty to the physical structure? Meryl Streep’s face can and does in the extraordinary first image of Kramer Vs. Kramer. This first shot of a superbly crafted film prints indelibly upon the eyes and consciousness of the audience the face of a young actress who, at 30, may become the strongest performer of her generation, the first American woman since Jane Fonda to rival the power, versatility and impact of such male stars as Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Newsweek January 7, 1980