Since the news broke that Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to serve as British prime minister, died Monday after suffering a stroke, celebrities from around the globe were quick to react to the news of the 87-year-old's passing.
One of those to weigh in about the notoriously conservative and often controversial political figure was Meryl Streep, who won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Thatcher in 2011's "The Iron Lady."
In a statement to omg!, the actress called Thatcher "a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics," and said she was "honored to try to imagine her late life journey, after power." However, she noted that Thatcher's "hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others" – and made her a controversial figure.
Streep continued: "To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, leveled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas – wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now-without corruption – I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle."
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The actress was just one of many celebrities to remember The Iron Lady. Here were some other remembrances celebs posted on Twitter, as well as some follow-up replies in which they defended their tweets to critics.
Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles): "RIP Baroness Thatcher .x — Harry Styles"
Kelly Osbourne (@MissKellyO): 'To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.' -Margaret Thatcher #SoSadRIP"
Soon after she shared another update:
"so sad that people are still harboring the issues of 1982 its 2013! if you care so much get involved with the issues of today & help!"
Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks): "RIP Margaret Thatcher. A role model for women & young girls across the world. Also, my high school Halloween costume."
Which was followed by:
"Very well put. RT @ramilles: strong women should be celebrated but MT's policies/politics are still deeply divisive here in the UK."
"Less well put. RT @davey_j: as a American you know f**k all about that evil witch! She ruined millions of lives and were glad shes dead."
Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan): "Brave, divisive, formidable, tough, stubborn, dominant & domineering, Margaret Thatcher bestrode the world like a political colossus. RIP."
And then later:
"To all those spewing bile and vitriol at Margaret Thatcher today - she's dead, what more do you want? Show some respect."
Geri Halliwell (@GeriHalliwell): "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power ,Margaret Thatcher , a green grocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possible…x"
"I'm sorry if I offended u. X"
Joan Collins (@joancollinsobe): "Very sad Baroness Thatcher has died she was a great Prime Minister. She never gave up and never gave in, more than you can say for some."
Richard Branson (@richardbranson): "Disagreed with Margaret #Thatcher on many things but she was willing to make tough decisions & I admired her tenacity."
Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos): "R.I.P Margaret Thatcher. 'Well behaved women seldom make history.'"
Rob Lowe (@RobLowe): "The world has lost a prime example of the power of character and the female mind. Good bye Mrs Thatcher. #IronLady"
Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow): "NYTimes fails to note Thatcher labeled Mandela's ANC a'terrorist organization' & opposed sanctions during apartheid nytimes.com/2013/04/09…."
Samantha Ronson (@samantharonson): "RIP Margaret Thatcher - a sad start to the day."
"Regardless of her politics- I grew up believing that I could be anything I wanted to be, even Prime Minister- lucky 4 you all I didn't."
Larry King (@kingsthings): Margaret Thatcher was a remarkable woman who helped pave the way for women to lead countries #RIP
Ricky Gervais: The funnyman didn't tweet out directly about Thatcher or any of the controversy. Instead, he noted that the hash tag #nowthatchersdead caused Cher fans to believe she had passed away:
"Some people are in a frenzy over the hashtag #nowthatchersdead.It's 'Now Thatcher's dead'. Not, 'Now that Cher's dead' JustSayin"
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