Meryl Streep may be considered one of the finest actresses around, yet she says she believed her career was over 20 years ago.

Streep, now 62, tells American Vogue magazine she was offered three different roles to play a witch after turning 40. She believed it meant women in her age group were “grotesque on some level,” and told her husband: “It’s over.”

Streep played the editor of the fictional Vogue-like magazine Runway in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada.” She graces the January cover of Vogue magazine for the first time and jokes in the magazine she’s the “oldest person” to do so.

Out in the Field: Streep, in Michael Kors, strides through rows of broccoli at Sol Flower Farm in New York. Hair and makeup, J. Roy Helland. 

Next, she plays the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the new film “Iron Lady.” She’ll portray Thatcher from age 49 to 85. The film opened January 13.

In an interview over the weekend, she praised Baroness Thatcher’s “galvanising intelligence” and said her achievements in overcoming the era’s bias against gender and class were “amazing”.

She said: “It was a men’s club. There were women there but I think it was 16 or 17 out of 630.

“The world was changing. You could feel the old order breaking down. There were many people who really didn’t want it to change.

“You could feel it. White-hot rage that didn’t speak – just emanated. I’m sure she experienced that.

“It’s hard to quantify which prejudice kept her out of the inner circle more. But for her to achieve that at that time was incredible. Incredible. And to stay there. And stay there. To be the longest-serving prime minster of the 20th century. Amazing.”

Actress Meryl Streep as Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady

Siren Song: A multiple-mold breaker, Streep has made it possible for women her age to play romantic roles. Vince top and Lauren by Ralph Lauren pants.Hair and makeup, J. Roy

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