Magazine January 23, 2012, Issue

The Lioness in Winter

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher (Alex Bailey)
‘Lady Thatcher’ comes to the big screen

‘The Iron Lady” — a term coined as a hostile criticism of Margaret Thatcher by the Red Army newspaper in 1976 — proved to be an accurate prediction of her impact in the Cold War. It is, however, an ironic and ultimately misleading title for this Meryl Streep portrayal of the last British prime minister to play a major role on the world stage as she lives in lonely retirement. A better one would have been The Lioness in Winter.

For the film’s narrative is framed as a series of flashbacks in the memory of an elderly Lady Thatcher grieving over

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