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“ONE’S LIFE must matter. I will never be one of those women who sits silent and pretty on the arm of her husband,” remarked Baroness Margaret Thatcher
after her husband said, of her ambitions to be the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain: “You must be out of our mind! You haven’t got a hope!”
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I WAS taken back by these remarks to remembering President Ronald Reagan’s funeral, to which I was invited by the kindness and friendship of Nancy Reagan.
I was certainly the least of those attending and I had never even really met the President except once, in the reception line for the Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos state dinner. (The Marcoses were ever fascinating to the New York press; we usually referred to them as “our favorite dictators.”)
At the funeral I was seated close to the aisle in a gaggle of New Yorkers that included the William F. Buckleys, Mike Wallace, and Barbara Walters. I will never forget the spectacle of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she exited from down front on the arm of an aide. She was frail, but beautifully dressed, handsome in her way, and she had already suffered the stroke that made speaking so difficult.
I thought of this reading and of the triumph of the new film, “The Iron Lady,” which won plaudits at the Cannes Film Festival this week with America’s Meryl Streep in the lead.
Film critic Anita Singh writes: “This film does
justice to its subject, highlighting the emotion behind the stern reputation … Meryl Streep’s transformation is remarkable. Instantly, one feels it is Baroness Thatcher on the screen. The actress is renowned for mastering accents but it is the combination of the voice, the mannerisms and the overall look that makes her performance uncanny. Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher, on the other hand, looks exactly like Jim Broadbent…
“All the key moments are here, from becoming Prime Minister in 1979 and delivering her famous, ‘Where there is discord, may we bring harmony…” speech outside No.10 Downing Street to the horror of the Brighton bombing, the battle for the Falklands, ending with her tearful exit in 1990. Denis gently tells her: ‘Throw in the towel, love!’
“There are comic episodes, when she orders, ‘Shoulders back, tummies in,’ as she poses for a photograph with male colleagues and confuses a U.S. dignitary by asking as she pours the tea, ‘Shall I be mother?’ (The film, now bought by Harvey Weinstein for U.S. release, “achieves two aims. First, it shows us that Lady Thatcher’s rise to power took considerable courage. Second, behind the ‘Spitting Image’ caricature was a leader with real emotions.”
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MANY WONDERED why the Baroness Thatcher wasn’t at the recent royal wedding? She didn’t refuse the invitation herself but knowing she’d be invited, her aides had decided the event was too long and would have been too tiring. One said, “If we’d left it to her, she would have gone.”
This was not the case with former PM’s Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. They simply weren’t invited.
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IN THE very good gossip column bylined by the excellent reporter Frank DiGiacomo in the newly-burgeoning New York Daily News, I spy a photo subtitled “Derek Jeter’s main squeeze and soon-to-be Charlie’s Angel, Minka Kelly.” The caption goes on to say that Minka – Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive — is trying to remain incognito while shopping in New York City.
She’s trying to remain incognito??? The girl is wearing knee-length shorts, a blue work shirt and an over-skirt sweeping the sidewalk. It is made of see-through gauze. This ensemble is topped by a huge pink scarf and dark glasses. Some incognito!
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REMEMBER JESSE James, the TV personality and motorcycle maven who married Sandra Bullock and then was caught in a cheating scandal, practically seconds after Bullock won the Oscar?
Jesse became “the most hated man in America.” That bothered him for a while. He even thought about ending it all. But he got over that, and now he’s talking to Men’s Journal magazine. James says he takes full responsibility for the split from Bullock. “I cheated on my wife. Guess what? So do millions of men.” (Including movie-stars-turned governors.)
James is no longer afraid of public criticism and he’s not afraid of religious people who tell him he’s going to burn in hell because he burned America’s Sweetheart. “Christians all want to save me. I get it. I’m evil. Someone left a note on my car once. It said ‘Will you party in Hell?’ Probably. Hell’s likely not that bad. It’s probably like Phoenix. You know how shit gets exaggerated.”
James is now involved with a heavily tattooed lady named Kat Von D. James says, “When everybody else thought I was toxic, one person reached out. The fact that Kat is willing to be with me now? And get demonized in the press for it? God, I really love her.”
You really love her? We’ll see. You know how shit gets exaggerated.