The Portrayal of the Iron Lady

by Karin on December 6, 2011 · 1 comment

The Iron Lady, a movie about the life of Margaret Thatcher, hits theaters December 16. Meryl Streep took on the role of Thatcher. Although their politics don’t match, The Daily Mail claims Streep brilliantly portrayed Thatcher:

 Well, only an actress of Streep’s stature could possibly capture Thatcher’s essence and bring it to the screen. It’s a performance of towering proportions that sets a new benchmark for acting, a searing interpretation that looks at the big forces that shaped Mrs T’s life.

However, Lord Tebbit, who served in Thatcher’s government from 1979-87 disagrees:

 However, she was never, in my experience, the half-hysterical, over-emotional, over-acting woman portrayed by Meryl Streep. She could be angry, but then so could I, and on at least one occasion I walked back to my department unsure whether I would find on my arrival that I was no longer the Secretary of State. Contrary to some accounts of her negotiating tactics, I never felt that she was playing “the feminine card”. It was all about reality, not emotion, and she was no stranger to the game of hard ball.

Whether you agree with the portrayal of Thatcher or not, at least this movie will bring Thatcher and her policies into the spotlight once again. Thatcher is an outstanding role model for women in politics. Will you go see this movie?

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Caroline Emberton December 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm

It’s encouraging that Hollywood is coming out with a film protraying a strong conservative woman. I hope it gives Margaret Thatcher the credit she deserves…Cornell NeW Chapter will definitely see it!

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