April 8th, 2013
12:14 PM ET

Margaret Thatcher made an impression on pop culture

As Britain's first and so far only female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher often found herself under the glare of showbiz lights.

Though she herself was not an actress.

Thatcher, who died after a stroke on Monday, has been portrayed - and in some cases lampooned - throughout the years in film, TV and music. (Even her daughter Carol Thatcher entered the pop culture zeitgeist in 2005 when she won the very popular British show "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!")

Here are just a few examples:

  • Thatcher was often shown as a tough task master in the British political parody puppet series, "Spitting Image":

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  • The Thatcher puppet made another appearance in the 1986 music video for the Genesis song "Land of Confusion," which got heavy play in the States on MTV:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pkVLqSaahk&w=420&h=315%5D

  • The 1981 James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" ended with a scene of actress Janet Brown as Thatcher reaching out to congratulate Bond on a mission well done:

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  • And here in the States, the most famous portrayal of the former prime minister is probably the much heralded performance of Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady," for which Streep won an Oscar:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKPltuiEVJ8&w=560&h=315%5D

In a statement, Streep called Thatcher “a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics."

"It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the UK at the end of the 20th century," Streep continued. "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 read more about her influence on pop culture, check out Flare and fury: How artists lambasted Margaret Thatcher.

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