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Meryl Streep covers Vogue magazine for first time

In this cover image released by Vogue, actress

In this cover image released by Vogue, actress Meryl Streep, star of the film "The Iron Lady," is shown on the cover of the January 2012 issue of "Vogue." Credit: AP

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

The 62-year-old tells 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 is now gracing the January cover of the real magazine for the first time, joking that she's the oldest person to do so.

Next, she plays the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the film "Iron Lady," which opens Jan. 13.

The January issue of Vogue goes on sale Dec. 20.

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