THATCHER, (Baroness) Margaret (1925-2013)
British statesperson who served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1979-90 and as leader of the Conservative Party from 1975-90.
TLS – Typewritten Letter Signed, one page 1981 as Prime Minister. Addressed to Alec A. Todd, CBE. Todd formerly was affiliated with Yorkshire Television and was Director of Publicity for the Conservative Party. He also was Deputy Chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries. Earlier in his career Todd was press officer to Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Edward Heath.
Letter bears a handwritten salutation and closing in the hand of the Prime Minister. Reads: Dear Alec: thank you for your letter of 4 February and for writing as you did. I was glad to be able to recommend the recognition of your services and to know of the pleasure it has given you. All good wishes, Yours ever, Margaret. Penned on a monarch-size sheet of 10 Downing Street stationery. Accompanied by a 7″x7″ black and white giclee portrait printed on Hahnemühl rag paper. Professionally matted in royal blue mat board.
Thatcher was the longest-running British prime minister of the 20th Century and the first woman to hold that office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her the iron lady a nickname that had become associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister she implemented policies that have come to be known as “Thatcherism”. In 2011, Baroness Thatcher was portrayed on the screen by Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”.