Meryl Streep on Margaret Thatcher's death: 'I was honored to try to imagine her late life journey'

meryl-streep-margaret-thatcher-death.jpgBritain's first female and longest-serving prime minister Margaret Thatcher passed away Monday following a stroke. Her life came to the big screen in 2011's "The Iron Lady," starring actress Meryl Streep as Thatcher.

Streep speaks of Thatcher's passing in a statement to Fox News:

"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. I was honored to try to imagine her late life journey, after power; but I have only a glancing understanding of what her many struggles were, and how she managed to sail through to the other side. I wish to convey my respectful condolences to her family and many friends."

"To have come up, legitimately,  through the ranks of the British political system, class bound and gender phobic as it was, in the time that she did and the way that she did, was a formidable achievement....To have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being princesses with a different dream: the real-life option of leading their nation; this was groundbreaking and admirable."

Streep's turn as Thatcher won her a second Best Actress Academy Award, a second Best Actress BAFTA and a third Best Actress - Drama Golden Globe.
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