Margaret Thatcher and Hollywood: How Entertainment Portrayed Prime Minister

As England's first female prime minister and the former leader of its conservative movement, Margaret Thatcher drew both the fascination and contempt of the entertainment industry: Meryl Streep offered a sympathetic portrayal in "The Iron Lady," while Elvis Costello imagined stomping on her grave. Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, was also a frequent target […]

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 1:17 PM

As England's first female prime minister and the former leader of its conservative movement, Margaret Thatcher drew both the fascination and contempt of the entertainment industry: Meryl Streep offered a sympathetic portrayal in "The Iron Lady," while Elvis Costello imagined stomping on her grave.

Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, was also a frequent target of satirists. In the 2002 satirical BBC comedy "Jeffrey Archer: The Truth," she was portrayed by Greta Scacchi, while future "Homeland" Emmy winner Damian Lewis played the title character.

Her politics stirred strong emotions from supporters and critics alike. Costello's "Tramp the Dirt Down" was one of many angry songs written about Thatcher.

The narrator longs to outlive Thatcher so that he might one day stand on her grave: "Because there's one thing I know, I'd like to live long enough to savour," he sings. "That's when they finally put you in the ground/I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down."

Costello had company. In 2001, Buzzfeed compiled a list of "21 Incredibly Angry Songs About Margaret Thatcher" from artists as diverse as Morrissey and Pink Floyd.

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