Margaret Thatcher | Meryl Streep

Watch: Meryl Streep Channels 'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher


There's already plenty of Oscar buzz around Meryl Streep's forthcoming turn as former British Prime Minister and Ronald Reagan pal Margaret Thatcher.

This brief trailer, which shows "Thatcher" being groomed for her political rise, helps explain why: Streep's portrayal is terrifying in its accuracy and will no doubt bring back plenty of bad memories of Thatcher's reign.

Watch The Iron Lady trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow, Faye Dunaway looks terrific!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 7, 2011 1:42:34 PM

  2. oh god i just had a flashback to my childhood...

    Posted by: arch | Jul 7, 2011 1:52:43 PM

  3. Meryl is simply brilliant. How does she do it?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 7, 2011 1:57:21 PM

  4. @Gregoire-I was thinking the same thing

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jul 7, 2011 2:06:33 PM

  5. I guess I was too young to know, but what was so bad about Thatcher's reign as PM?

    Posted by: Frank | Jul 7, 2011 2:06:38 PM

  6. This site is becoming increasingly ridiculous with its crazy leftist pronouncements.

    Even Tony Blair would never say a bad word about Mrs T. She was so fully successful in transforming the British economy, that in 1979, Britain was TIED with Portugal in GDP per head and now it is the undisputed capital of the financial world.

    Bad enough everythins is "anti-gay," but now this site thinks it can comment on British politics??? Stick to covering HIV marches, boo.

    Posted by: Jason | Jul 7, 2011 2:13:07 PM

  7. @Jason: You must be lost. I think you meant to click on the Drudge Report.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jul 7, 2011 2:14:46 PM

  8. WOW! Meryl Streep is a chameleon. She obviously puts crazy prep work into her roles. I think that is one of the reasons I like her so much.

    I never understood where Thatcher got a bad reputation. Yes she was conservative, but from what I remember when I as growing up she, and Britain along with her - was a force to be reckoned with around the globe. She was pretty bad ass. I think a lot of leaders become victims of history. They inevitably become popular toward the end of their terms (which is usually why it's the end of their term) and that's what they end up getting remembered most for. Look at Nixon. He did a lot of really bad things,but he also did a lot of great things for America that got lost in the shuffle. I'm sure even he couldn't have foreseen how China would become the power that it is. Who knows how our relations with them would be if he hadn't made those overtures?

    Posted by: MT | Jul 7, 2011 2:21:13 PM

  9. UNpopular that is . . .

    Posted by: MT | Jul 7, 2011 2:21:48 PM

  10. Put "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" and Drek Jarman's "Edward II" on your NETFLIX queque, MT. It wasn't that long ago but you children know NOTHING about history!

    You also know nothing about "Conservatives" (ie Fascist Oligarchs) so it's no surprise.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 7, 2011 2:25:39 PM

  11. Jason, no one is forcing you to read this blog. If you don't like progressives or liberals, then I'm sure the GOProud douchebags would love to have you.

    Fly fly fly, Clairice.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 7, 2011 2:36:57 PM

  12. Thatcher was a MONSTER to the lower and middle classes. Imagine Ronald Reagan without the charisma. A simple glance at the history books will clue you in on why Lady Maggie was so divisive, and why a clear majority in the UK, even among some conservatives, curse her name today.

    Meryl will eat this role up!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 7, 2011 2:41:04 PM

  13. "I never understood where Thatcher got a bad reputation. Yes she was conservative, but from what I remember when I as growing up she, and Britain along with her - was a force to be reckoned with around the globe. She was pretty bad ass."

    I'm sorry, but I think judgment of a good leader should not center on how 'bad ass' they were, but on what they did to improve the country and the greater world.

    The best that can be said about Thatcher is that the opprobrium directed towards her is best shared with all of Britain's post-war leaders. She merely completed a the destruction of Britain as an industrial titan, as opposed to beginning it.

    But on other counts, she bears sole blame. She was incredibly reactionary; of the few things Reagan deserves credit for, one is a measured response in dealing with the Soviet Union when it began to break apart. Were it up to Thatcher, the Cold War would still be going on, because it suited her world view, believing that the United Kingdom alone stood between freedom and tyranny in Europe. She also undermined German Reunification - which, given Germany's central role in stabilizing the EU, seems even more idiotic than it did at the time.

    Posted by: Nat | Jul 7, 2011 2:41:33 PM

  14. That recalcitrant old bat prolonged the war in Ireland by 20 years. And don't even get me started on Clause 28.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Jul 7, 2011 2:42:05 PM

  15. Oh, yes, bringing down the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union in partnership with Ronald Reagan and amidst the cries from agonized liberal apologists and hand-wringers. Such "terrible memories."

    Long live Lady Thatcher.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jul 7, 2011 2:45:08 PM

  16. "Oh, yes, bringing down the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union in partnership with Ronald Reagan and amidst the cries from agonized liberal apologists and hand-wringers. Such "terrible memories."

    If she had her way, the Berlin Wall would still be standing. This isn't a debatable point - she was repeatedly on record as saying she opposed reunification. She may have been a hawk, but unlike Reagan, she cared little for ending the Cold War.

    And neither Reagan nor Thatcher 'brought down' the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union brought down the Soviet Union. Reagan deserves credit for being clear-eyed enough to reach out and encourage the end result, but again, he was merely the end figure in a process.

    And let's not forget that her virulent homophobia is a matter of public record as well.

    Posted by: Nat | Jul 7, 2011 3:03:12 PM

  17. If Streep wins the Oscar for this it will be the first time in history that an actress has won for playing a piece of sh#$!

    Posted by: The Iron Orchard | Jul 7, 2011 3:09:33 PM

  18. The voice is perfect. And scary.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 7, 2011 3:15:41 PM

  19. No one individual brought down the Berlin Wall. I wish people would mature beyond that simple talking point.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 7, 2011 3:20:29 PM

  20. Another film that might shed light on why Thatcher is so controversial is BILLY ELLIOT. The stage musical that's currently on Broadway and touring the country even has a satrical song opening its second act called "Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher." It's catchy. Go see it.

    Posted by: Jere | Jul 7, 2011 3:25:59 PM

  21. The Soviet Union imploded from within and would have done so without the war-mongering and saber-rattling of Reagan and Thatcher. In fact, had the "terrible threat" of communism been seen as the real paper tiger it was at the time, trillions of dollars would have been saved.

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 7, 2011 3:39:51 PM

  22. They should have hired Madonna to do this.

    Posted by: Bears are fat | Jul 7, 2011 4:32:25 PM

  23. Andrew Sullivan is going to swoon!

    Thatcher was very unpopular with what you could call "Old Labor". These were the far left communists and socialists that ran the core ideology of post-war Britain. When she sold off the coal mines it killed their power base. Tony Blair won and won again and again because he was "New Labor", which made no effort to nationalize industries or raise all kinds of new taxes. In fact, Tony was a huge fan of the US and how decentralized it is compared to the UK, so gave some independence to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He gets a lot of credit for ending the civil war in Northern Ireland, but it was really the cutoff of private funds from the US after 2001 that stopped the IRA's campaign.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 7, 2011 5:06:59 PM

  24. On a different subject, does anyone know the score that is playing during the teaser trailer? I know I've heard it before, either in other films or in trailers. It definitely sounds familiar.

    Posted by: John | Jul 7, 2011 5:08:01 PM

  25. So Gorbachev (and even the liberal media) gives great credit to Reagan for bringing down the fall of the Soviet Union, but BOBN doesn't.

    Who has more credibility?

    No doubt Gregoire was one of the hand-wringing "No Nukes" crowd. But, I guess we're so much better off these days with 2 wars that Obama promised to end and he's engaged us now in killing Qaddafi with no Congressional approval. Imagine the screams if GW Bush had done so.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jul 7, 2011 5:11:47 PM

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