Saturday, December 3, 2011

MARYL STREEP ' The Iron Lady '

Will The Iron Lady make women want to dress like Margaret Thatcher?

The Iron Lady movie star actress Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the best actresses in her times having years and years of experience in industry. She has been nominated for the academy award multiple times and has won it two times for her exceptional and outstanding performances. She is known to be a highly dedicated actress who prepares herself highly for any character and over her career she had many chances of playing roles as real life characters. Having started her career on mid 1970s so far she has contributed her acting talents to quite a number of motion pictures that have added much credit to her resume. With this latest project also she sure will come up with something great to watch out.

The film follows Baroness Thatcher from her early years breaking through class and gender barriers to become prime minister to her political downfall in 1990.

The Thatcher era from 1979 to 1990, was a time of social and economic change for Britain. 

Elected following a period of widespread strikes, dubbed the winter of discontent, Lady Thatcher and her Conservative government embarked on tough reforms to tackle inflation and the trade unions 

Her policies divided the country - seeing a boom in the service sector and home ownership but a decline in manufacturing and soaring unemployment.

"The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge," said Streep.

"I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses - I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own,"

Two preconceptions about The Iron Lady, the long anticipated film about Margaret Thatcher’s life, are laid to rest on seeing it. The first was that it would be a hatchet job on our former prime minister. Not so: the film is relatively even-handed, and for long stretches sympathetic to its subject.

The second was that it was a travesty for Meryl Streep, the American actress, to be playing such a very English character. Well, those doubts have been assuaged too; Streep is splendid, giving a detailed, authoritative performance that goes way beyond accurate impersonation to evoke Thatcher’s spirit. One can think of a few talented British actresses who might have acquitted themselves well in the role, but it’s hard to imagine them doing it better than Streep.

‘It was one of those rare, rare films where I was grateful to be an actor and grateful for the privilege of being able to look at a life deeply with empathy. There’s no greater joy.’

She was born Mary Louise Streep on the 22nd of June, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey. Her father, Harry Streep Jr, was an executive at a pharmaceutical company, while mother Mary was a commercial artist. Mary was 35 when she had Mary Louise, her first child. Soon would come Harry III, now a choreographer married to actress Maeve Kincaid (longstanding star of the soap opera The Guiding Light), and Dana, now a bond salesman

At Bernardsville High School, she was a fine student but, to begin with, an awkward teenager - gawky and lacking confidence. Acting in school plays began to change this and, when at 15 she received a standing ovation for her part as the librarian in a production of The Music Man, she claimed she stopped feeling "dorky" - a hugely liberating moment. Many other school roles would follow, including that of Daisy-Mae in Lil' Abner. Everyone would notice this new Mary Louise when she dyed her hair blonde and switched from specs to contacts. Her popularity sky-rocketed, and she became not just a cheerleader, but Homecoming Queen.

When, in February, 2003, Meryl Streep was Oscar-nominated for her performance in Adaptation, she overtook Katherine Hepburn to become the most successful actress in Hollywood history. 13 nominations in 26 years (Hepburn took 48 over her 12) - incredible. And she wouldn't stop there, regularly adding to her tally until 2009's Julie & Julia brought her total nominations to 16. Given the traditional paucity of fine roles for more mature women, this is proof positive that Streep's talent can often turn manure into gold-dust. And everyone knows it, too. Though there have been many jokes about her penchant for trying different accents ("I hahd a fahm in Ahfricaaah"), she is generally accepted to be the pre-eminent screen actress of her generation - and maybe of all generations.

"Only an actress of Streep's stature could possibly capture Thatcher's essence and bring it to the screen.
"It's a performance of towering proportions that sets a new benchmark for acting."

It may be flawed, but there's genuine passion at the heart of The Iron Lady, writes David Gritten.

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