<p><em>The Iron Lady</em></p>

The Iron Lady

Kathleen Murphy writes:

From her first moments on-screen, Meryl Streep commanded the camera's—and our—rapt gaze. It wasn't just her luminous beauty. Even in early supporting roles, Streep's acting radiated such remarkable passion and intelligence the Golden Girl stole center stage from anointed stars like Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. Delivering stellar performances that sometimes look effortless, sometimes like intricate clockwork, this is an actress who consumes her characters, inviting their souls to put on her face for a time. Even in parts through which she could easily sleepwalk and still shine brighter than most, La Streep suddenly takes fire, turning dross into gold.
     Over three decades, Meryl Streep has racked up an astonishing 16 Academy Award nominations, more than any other actress, even Katharine Hepburn. Hard to believe that Oscar has crowned Meryl Streep queen only twice, for her supporting performance in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and her shattering turn in Sophie's Choice (1982).
     "I've played so many extraordinary women, I'm mistaken for one," quips Streep. Now she's taken on another famous female, a diva every bit as legendary and autocratic in her sphere as chef Julia Childs (Julie & Julia), Vanity Fair editor Diana Wintour (The Devil Wears Prada), or novelist Isak Dinesen (Out of Africa). Will Streep's controversial portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady seduce Oscar into going home with Hollywood's perennially slighted first lady? While we wait to find out, let's revisit some of the other extraordinary women Meryl Streep has tried on for size during her long, illustrious career.

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