Conservative icon and former British Prime Minister, the only woman to ever hold that position, Margaret Thatcher comes to the big screen with Meryl Streep in the title role of ¬† “Iron Lady,” a nickname given Thatcher by Soviet Defense Ministry newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda.

Thatcher was recently in the news when she declined a visit photo op from former Alaska governor/Tea Party pin up girl Sarah Palin on the latter’s Grand Tour. Her dozen years in office saw UK economic¬† and political unrest, the Troubles and hunger strikes in Northern Ireland, the invasion of the Falkland Islands and the Soviet State of Georgia, the Gulf War, Reagan and Bush, the fall of the USSR, and the explosion of British punk rock and New Wave music.

Thatcher permitted the U.S. to use British airspace¬† and Royal Air Force bases for F-111 bombers to target Libya in 1986 in retaliation for the bombing of a Berlin disco, and was a firm force behind President Bush 1′s invasion of Iraq, telling him:

This was no time to go wobbly!

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd who also directed Streep in Mama Mia!, Iron Lady will trace Thatcher’s rise from local politics to her election as Britain’s loathed-by-the left,-revered-by-the-right first (and so far only) female PM. The film is due out January 6, 2011.

 

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