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Meryl Streep’s ‘Iron Lady’ Slammed by Margaret Thatcher Allies

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(NEW YORK) -- Meryl Streep scores an Oscar nomination practically every time she steps on screen. But her new film, about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, is winning more critics than fans, and it has yet to hit theaters.

Norman Tebbit, who served as Thatcher’s employment secretary, slammed the movie in the U.K.’s Telegraph, writing that “she was never, in my experience, the half-hysterical, over-emotional, over-acting woman portrayed by Meryl Streep.”

“I can’t see the point of this film,” Lord Bell, one of Thatcher’s public relations advisers, told the Telegraph in another article. “It’s only value is to make some money for Meryl Streep and whoever wrote it. I have no interest in seeing it. I don’t need a film to remind me of my experiences of her. It is a non-event. It won’t make any difference to her place in history of the fact of what she did.”

Streep was modest when the Daily Mail asked her about the movie earlier this month, saying she’s in “awe” of Thatcher and playing her was the biggest role of her career. “It took a lot out of me, but it was a privilege to play her, it really was,” she said.

The Iron Lady comes out Dec. 30. Representatives for Streep and the film’s director, Phyllida Lloyd, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.

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Meryl Streep to Play Former British PM Margaret Thatcher in New Film

Nelson Barnard/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Meryl Streep will play Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a new biopic, complete with the Iron Lady's trademark hairdo. The film is described as the story of "a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman."

The Iron Lady will be released Jan. 6, 2011.

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