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Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, died this morning of a stroke. She was 87.

Dubbed the "Iron Lady," Baroness Thatcher was known for her unyielding political views and leadership style. Her influence on the history of the UK cannot be understated, but for today, let's celebrate her life by looking at some of her best quotes and of course, depictions in popular culture.

My all-time favorite? She said, "In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

Meryl Streep won an Oscar last year for her portrayal of Margaret in The Iron Lady.

In 1980, she referred to her determination: "To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning."

After the first time her nickname was coined in 1976, she responded thusly: "I stand before you tonight in my green chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up, my fair hair gently waved. The Iron Lady of the Western World? Me? A cold war warrior? Well, yes—if that is how they wish to interpret my defence of values and freedoms fundamental to our way of life."

Check out this clip from the 1981 James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. My guess is that the real Maggie was not this susceptible to Bond's (or any dude's) charms.

We'll end on this last quote, from a speech during the 1990 leadership election: "I fight on. I fight to win."

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