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Margaret Keane, ‘Big Eyes’ artist and subject of Tim Burton biopic, dies at 94

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Renowned artist Margaret Keane died on Sunday at her home in Napa, California, her official Facebook page confirmed. She was 94 years old.

“We are sad to announce that Margaret Keane, ‘The Mother of Big Eyes, Our Queen, a Modern Master and Legend,’ passed away on Sunday morning at her home in Napa, CA,” the statement said. She was 94 years old.”

His daughter Jane Swigert tells new York Times that the cause of death was heart failure.

Margaret is known for her oil paintings of subjects with large eyes, mainly women, children or animals. In 2014, filmmaker Tim Burton released a biopic titled Big eyes About Keane’s unprecedented success in the 1950s and then legal difficulties with her husband, Walter Keane, who claimed credit for her actions in the 1960s.

In 1986 in Hawaii, Margaret sued Walter, now her ex-husband, for defamation over her continuing false claims that he was responsible for her works of art. He dramatically challenged her to a painting contest, which quickly proved that she was, in fact, a “big-eyed” artist. Margaret won $4 million in damages, but reportedly never saw a dime of it because her ex claimed to have broken up.

In Burton’s film, Margaret was portrayed by Amy Adams, while her husband was played by Christoph Waltz.

Margaret Keane Amy Adams

Margaret Keane and actress Amy Adams attend the ‘Big Eyes’ premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on December 15, 2014 in New York City.

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on Wednesday, Big eyes Co-screenwriter Larry Karaszewski paid tribute to the artist, writing, “Margaret Keane has passed away. Grateful that we all had to spend so much time getting to know her beautiful soul. It took a decade to bring Big eyes to screen. But her story of surviving abuse was important. She wanted the world to know the truth about her life and art.”

Margaret is survived by her daughter Jane and her five stepchildren and eight step-grandchildren.

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