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A 'real' portrait of 'Big Eyes' artist Margaret Keane
A 'real' portrait of 'Big Eyes' artist Margaret Keane

Margaret Keane sighs softly and shifts uncomfortably in her seat. She's just been asked to describe what she felt the first time she saw "Big Eyes," the new Tim Burton film about her life and her art — paintings of waifish children with weepy saucer eyes that became ubiquitous in the 1960s. Looking wistfully out a sliding glass door at the sunlight filtering through the trees surrounding a Beverly Hills hotel, her own clear blue eyes well with tears. "It was extremely traumatic and emotional," she says. For a brief moment she resembles a grown-up version of one of her paintings. "It's kind of like the worst part of my life, just seeing it up...

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