8 April 2013 10:41 AM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

The former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 on Monday. Thatcher suffered a stroke. Meryl Streep, who famously portrayed her in the award-winning The Iron Lady, has given a statement on the sad news.

"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics," the 63-year-old actress began. "It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the U.K. at the end of the 20th century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the U.K. weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty."

Adding, "But to me she was a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit. »

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