Tributes: The Stars We've Lost

From Mike Nichols to Robin Williams to Philip Seymour Hoffman, we remember the personalities who've left us

MARGARET THATCHER

The first woman to serve as Britain's prime minister, Thatcher ruled the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 with a conservative hand. An economic reformer, she is credited with privatizing Britain's nationalized industries, which saved once-failing companies like British Airways. The strong-willed, hard-driving Thatcher also led the country to victory in the Falklands war and was instrumental in negotiating a Cold War truce between the U.S. and Soviet Union in the 1980s. When she was 34, the wife and mother of two won a seat in Parliament, which launched her often-controversial political career. Noting that she came from a humble background – her father was a small-town grocer – President Barack Obama said, after her death on April 8 at age 87 from a stroke, that Thatcher "stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can't be shattered."