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    "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

    British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

    Margaret Thatcher died Monday morning at the age of 87.

    The former U.K. prime minister passed away peacefully after suffering a stroke, per the BBC.

    Thatcher, who held the office of prime minister from 1979 to 1990, was nicknamed the "Iron Lady" because of her unwavering stances on politics.

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    In 2011, Meryl Streep portrayed Thatcher in The Iron Lady, winning an Academy Award for her performance.

    In a 2012 interview with the BBC, Streep said that while Thatcher's conservative politics didn't line up with her own views, she was "secretly thrilled [when she was elected in 1979] that there was a female head of Britain."

    Thatcher remains the only woman to have served as U.K.'s prime minister.

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