She was as well known for her immaculately coiffed hair, sharp suits and handbags as she was for her politics.
Now, previously unseen documents reveal just how far Margaret Thatcher went to maintain her image.
An analysis of her appointments diary, released by the National Archives, shows that she had her hair styled 120 times in 1984, an average of once every three days.
The diary was maintained by a member of her staff while she was in office.
It details meetings with ministers and heads of state, including former French president Francois Mitterand, Crown Prince of Japan Prince Naruhito, and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Abdullah, as well as visits to Rome, Moscow and Brussels, media interviews, Cabinet briefings and photo calls.
It also gives an insight into her day-to-day life, including six visits to the dentist, the occasional swim and quiet evenings with her husband, Denis.
Her hair appointments were simply written as "hair" and usually took place at 8.30 or 9am. They probably involved styling using Carmen heated rollers, a popular '80s brand and Mrs Thatcher's favourite.
On October 31, the diary shows that the period after 9.30am was kept "free for make-up and briefing". This was followed by an interview for Austrian television and then lunch with The Daily Telegraph.
Eight days later, "hair" at 8.30am was followed by a meeting with publisher Robert Maxwell, before dinner with the Prince and Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace.
Mundane tasks were also chronicled. The entry on September 28 stated "keep morning free to clear our flat". On Friday, April 20, she had a "quiet evening with Mr Thatcher".
Mrs Thatcher's first appointment of 1984 was a New Year's Day celebration at the prime minister's country residence, Chequers. The first guest to arrive, at 10.40am, was her daughter Carol, now 60. At 11am television host Jimmy Savile and other guests arrived before departing at 1pm.
On January 9 and 10 she had appointments with Rodrigo Moynihan, a portrait painter. Mrs Thatcher had eight sittings with Moynihan but reportedly did not like the result, telling the artist that it looked like she was squinting.
The Telegraph, London