If eyes are the windows to the soul, then Margaret Keane’s were very troubled. While her husband Walter basked in the fame of the runaway success of his portrait series featuring big eyed waifs, Margaret harboured a secret – the paintings were really hers. Spending up to 16 hours a day painting in a locked studio, Margaret suffered under the weight of her secret. Coming out as the true artist of the wildly popular big eyes which were now everywhere from the walls of Hollywood stars to bargain bins at Woolworths, she would still face an uphill battle proving the waifs were her creation.
Big Eyes on DVD is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times