Margaret Keane is a well-known artist from America who is best known for her paintings with big eyes. She mainly draws portraits of animals, children, and women in oil or mixed media. Here is a quick summary of net worth, career and earnings of Margaret Keane in 2020.
Early Life & Biography:
Margaret D. H. Keane was born on September 15, 1927, in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. When she was two years old she lost hearing because her eardrum was damaged during a mastoid operation. At the age of 10, Keane went to the Watkins Institute which is located in Nashville to take painting classes. She drew sketches of angles with big eyes and gifted it to the local churches in her hometown. At the age of 18, Keane went to the Traphagen School Of Design in New York to learn painting professionally.
Margaret Keane married Frank Richard Ulbrich in the year 1948. The couple has one daughter, but their marriage could not last long, and they divorced in 1955. In the same year, she married Walter Keane and after staying together for ten years before they divorced in 1965. Five years later, she married Dan McGuire in 1970.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Margaret Keane drew her first painting when she was ten years of old which was of two little girls, one laughing and the other crying. She gifted the painting to her grandmother. Keane’s professional career started in the mid-1950s when she started drawing big eyes paintings. Her then-husband Water Keane helped her in selling those paintings in the market. The portraits and paintings were highly appreciated by people all over the world, and each of her painting was sold in millions of dollars.
Later, Keane found that his husband betrayed her and sold all her artworks under his name. Keane sued her husband and claimed to be the real creator of the paintings. She has also worked with many notable Hollywood personalities including Walter Johnson, Jennifer Nicholson, Joe Perry, Robert L. Brown and many more. In 2014, Tim Burton who is a popular director and Keane art collector made the movie “Big Eyes” which is about the life of Margaret Keane. Her oil painting was also featured on the cover of the album “In Reverse” in the year 1999.
Net Worth & Earnings
Margaret Keane has an estimated net worth of more than $3.5 million. This huge fortune is the result of her beautiful paintings which were sold in millions of dollars. In 1986, Keane received a sum of $4 million as compensation when she sued her then-husband Walter Keane and the newspaper USA Today. When she was at her peak, she earned more than most of the celebrities in Hollywood. As of today, Keane is 90 years old and is not active professionally but still has enough money to spend the rest of her life peacefully.
Margaret Keane is considered one of the greatest artists in the last century. She is an inspiration to the upcoming young painters and artists all over the world.