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Meryl Streep: Golden Globes Winner For Best Actress Drama 2012

01/15/2012 10:36 pm ET | Updated Jan 16, 2012

Meryl Streep has won the Golden Globe for the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

The legendary actress earned the award for her starring turn as Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister in British history, in the biopic "The Iron Lady." Streep fully immersed herself in the role, slipping beneath layers of makeup and taking on Thatcher's signature English accent to wow critics and quiet any doubts that an American woman from New Jersey could capably handle such an iconic role.

The win puts her in the clear pole position to win what would be her third career Academy Award, and her first in 30 years.

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