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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 4:00 am

The latest of Meryl Streep’s career is now out on DVD. “The Iron Lady,” can be rented, but what may be lost on the movie that just received so-so reviews at the Box Office, is that it earned Streep her third Academy Award, and 17th nomination.

Considered by many as the greatest living film actress, Streep holds the record for the most Oscar nominations at 23, and she has surpassed all other actors with 25 nominations for a Golden Globe.

Streep’s accumulation of 17 Oscar nominations, and three victories, has been accomplished over her illustrious 33-year career. Bette Davis scored 10 nominations and two wins over a 28-year career. Katherine Hepburn won four times out of 12 nominations. Hepburn had a 48-year career.

Besides winning the Best Actress award in this year’s “Iron Lady,” Streep won her first Oscar back in 1979 for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” and three years later, in 1982, won for “Sophie’s Choice.”

What makes Streep one of the best in the industry? Many say it’s her need to be a perfectionist to the craft. She is meticulous and painstaking in her preparation for a role.

Look at her performance as famous chef Julia Childs in “Julie & Julia.” She nailed the role. She was nominated that year, but lost.

Then, there was her standout performance in “The Devil Wears Prada.” This is just another example of her nailing a role from the hair and makeup, the wardrobe and then, her mannerisms.

It’s hard to think of any other woman as this generation’s best leading lady when Streep has nailed down that role as well.

The Iron Lady

In “The Iron Lady,” Streep plays the polarizing political figure from the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher was the United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister, and one of the 20th Century’s most famous and influential women.

Thatcher came seemingly from nowhere and burst into the political scene, losing her first race, but not giving up. She made gender a senseless argument, only arguing for improving her party, and her country.

Streep plays Thatcher in her older years, signing books, spending her days at home with the staff whispering, and daughter questioning her sanity.

Thatcher looks back at her life as a mother, a wife and the nation’s leader. Looking at whether or not she made the right choices in all areas. All the while, Thatcher is talking to her husband who has been dead for some time.

Streep takes a well-written script, and a famous icon in history, and makes it a film worth renting.

It’s surprising it received such low reviews. The movie is entertaining, somewhat suspenseful, and at times tugs at the heart strings.

There is no doubt that Streep deserved that Oscar in yet another fantastic performance.

Rent “The Iron Lady” today, and see for yourself why Streep is the best.

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