The Life and Times of Margaret Thatcher

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died of a stroke at age 87. Thatcher was Britain's first female prime minister. The conservative leader led Britain from 1979 to 1990 and was a close ally of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

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Margaret Thatcher, British Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, circa 1990. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died of a stroke at age 87. Thatcher was Britain's first female prime minister. The conservative leader led Britain from 1979 to 1990 and was a close ally of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Click to see photos of her life and times.
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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waved to supporters from Conservative Party headquarters in London after claiming victory in Britain's general election, June 12, 1987. Thatcher won a record third successive term in office when her party captured a majority of the seats in Parliament.
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President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher meet at the presidential retreat at Camp David in 1984. Thatcher had a well-known friendship with Reagan during his two terms as president in the 1980s. They shared an allegiance to free-market principles and opposition to the Soviet Union.
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In this composite image a comparison has been made between Margaret Thatcher (L) and Actress Meryl Streep.Thatcher life was dramatized in the 2011 feature film The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep, who, in a remarkable likeness, received both a Golden Globe award and an Oscar for the role.
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A kiss for Margaret Thatcher outside her home in Chelsea, London on May 4, 1979, from two-year-old Timothy Simmonds.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II talks with British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, at a reception for the 39 heads of delegations attending the Commonwealth Conference in Lusaka, Zambia, on August 1, 1979.
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Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher receiving the Bindií, a red spot on the forehead signifying welcome, from one of the members of the Bhavaní, the Indian Cultural Institute of London.
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President George H.W. Bush listens to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on Sunday, Sept. 30, 1990. They were both in town for the U.N. children's summit.
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British Conservative Party Leader Margaret Thatcher listens and answers questions during a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1977 at the Great Britain Embassy in Washington.
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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher laughs during her departure statement outside the White House, Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1985 as President Reagan looks on after the two world leaders meet in the White House following her address to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill.
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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher turns to look at the crush of photographers in the Oval Office as President Reagan laughs during a photo session in the White House, Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1985. The two world leaders held a special friendship apart from political obligations.
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British Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan have a walk in the garden of Palais Schaumburg in Bonn on Friday, May 3, 1985 on their way to attend family photo session of World Economic Summit.
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Confident look from British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she faced newsmen at Conservative Party headquarters in London, June 8, 1983 the eve of polling in the British General Elections in which her party expects to be returned to office with a landslide win.
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Margaret Thatcher takes over from Edward Heath as the new leader of the Conservative Party, 1975.
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Margaret Thatcher, British Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, poses for a photograph.
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Mrs Thatcher had always had an eye for an outfit. She was the daughter of a seamstress and knew the value of dressing the part.
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A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family."
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