Margaret Keane- you might not have heard this name before if you’re not an art lover. Yes, Margaret Keane is not a film star nor a sports personality, model, or a musician. Then, who she is and why we’re talking about her net worth? Right? Well, read on to know all about her. Let’s find out how much is Margaret Keane’s net worth in 2018.
Born as Peggy Doris Hawkins in 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee, US, Margaret Keane is a well-known American artist or call it in a better term a ‘painter’. She is popular for her painstaking paintings of doe-eyed characters. When Margaret was a child, unfortunately, she lost her eardrum in a mastoid operation. After that, she had to understand the people by observing their emotions and body languages.
This eventually made her an exceptional observer, and it can be seen in her paintings. She started capturing the emotions in her paintings and depicted them as the life-like portraits. Margaret didn’t complete her education like other kids. She was interested in art, so she attended Traphagen School of Design and learned painting professionally.
The lady, who captures the emotions in her paintings, is quite straightforward when it comes to her love life. So far, Margaret has married thrice, out of which two marriages ended with a divorce. She first married Frank Richard Ulbrich in 1948. The couple had one daughter, and they separated in 1955. The same year itself, she married Walter Keane, and the couple remained together for 10 years before getting the divorce in 1965. Then, she married sports writer Dan McGuire in 1970.
Margaret grew the passion for painting since the very early age. In fact, she was just 10 years old when she painted her first painting. That painting was of two girls, and she gifted it to her grandmother. After learning the art professionally, she started her career by painting clothes and baby cribs. She had also painted a few great paintings, but she had kept them in her home only.
Then her then-husband Water Keane started selling those paintings in the market and soon, those paintings impressed the people all around, and Margaret started making millions for her every single painting. However, her husband Water Keane cheated her and sold all those paintings under his name taking all attributions.
Margaret was not aware of the fact and when she came to know about this, she claimed to be the real creator of paintings. She sued her husband and this case created a lot of fuss. Eventually, Margaret was declared as the real creator of those paintings and she was even compensated $4 million for the damages. In her peak days, she has been commissioned to paint many Hollywood personalities including Jennifer Nicholson’s, Robert L. Brown, Walter Johnson, Joe Perry, and many more. In 2014, there has a film named ‘Big Eyes’ also been made on Margaret and the film was a smash hit at the box-office.
Awards & Achievements
Being an acclaimed artist, Margaret won many awards, achievement, and accolades. She received the lifetime achievement award at L.A. Awards. She also maintains an art gallery in San Francisco which is said to be the largest collection of Margaret’s art in the whole world.
Net worth of Margaret Keane
With the fact that Margaret sold her every single painting for millions, you must be assuming a giant net worth of Margaret. Right? Well, you’re right and wrong too. As of today, the painter is 90 years old. 90-year-age is not an age to earn money. Still, the gorgeous lady boasts a fair net worth of $2.5 million. At her peak days, she used to give a hard run to any celebrities for the money. But now, she seems to have taken rest from her career. Her net worth is likely to remain same in next few years as now she is not much active.
Once Margaret was going through the instability in her personal as well as professional life, but when she ended her abusive marriage with Walter, things landed well for her after that.