Artist, Subject of Big Eyes by Tim Burton is 94 years old – The Hollywood Reporter
Margaret Keane, who went to court to prove that her famous paintings of children with big, sad eyes were actually hers and not her husband’s, a story told in Tim’s film Burton Big eyes, has died. She is 94 years old.
Keane died Sunday of heart failure at her home in Napa, California, her daughter, Jane Swigert, recounted. New York Times.
Amy Adams portrayed Margaret Keane in Big eyes (2014) with Christoph Waltz as her broker husband, Walter Keane.
For years starting in the 1950s, Walter Keane convinced his wife to paint up to 16 hours a day while promoting her work as his own. Stars including Jerry Lewis, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Liberace commissioned portraits of Keane, and Joan Crawford used a portrait of her for the cover of her 1962 autobiography.
After Margaret and Walter divorced in 1955, she finally revealed in 1970 that she was the real artist behind the elegant works of art.
During a “polishing” in a Honolulu courthouse in 1986, Margaret slashed a large-eyed hedgehog to death in 53 minutes while Walter, who was representing herself in the case, said he had shoulder pain and did not can draw. She won $4 million in damages, though they were vacated after Walter declared bankruptcy.
In his CHEAP rating about Big eyesTodd McCarthy writes: “This culturally nimble, surprised, curious look at the married instigators of early 1960s woman ‘big eyes’ paintings exudes a compelling appeal. eccentricity while also painting a disturbing picture of male domination and female subordination a half-century ago.
“This is a story about copyright and ownership being the same in the face of a deeply unbalanced marriage, as well as the bitter struggle for recognition of one’s work, even if it is not. Opponents might ask, as one did, ‘Who wants to give credit to it? ‘”
Her story is also reviewed in Adam Parfrey and Cletus Nelson’s 2014 book, Citizen Keane: Adults lie behind big eyes.
Keane worked closely with screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to develop the script for The Weinstein Co.
“I was just completely blown away when I saw the road [Waltz] look like him, act like him – it’s like watching Walter,” Keane said during an early screening of the film. “It was a very emotional, traumatic experience when I first saw the film. I can not believe it. I was really shocked for about two days.”
“Margaret is so gentle and sociable,” Adams said at the event. “I feel a great responsibility to play her with so much dignity and respect because I think she is a woman with a lot of dignity and a lot of respect, not only for herself but also for herself. for others”.
On Twitter, Karaszewski noted Keane’s death and wrote: “Grateful to all of us for spending so much time getting to know her beautiful spirit. It took a decade to bring Big eyes onto the screen. But her story about surviving abuse is important. She wants the world to know the truth about her life and art.”
Margaret Keane has passed away. Grateful to all of us for taking so much time to get to know her beautiful spirit. It took a decade to bring “Big Eyes” to the screen. But her story about surviving abuse is important. She wants the world to know the truth about her life and art. pic.twitter.com/OtPNY5lRYU
– Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) June 29, 2022