Behind the Giant Flowers: Georgia O'Keeffe's life revealed in TV movie

  • September 16, 2009 11:51

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In this publicity image released by Lifetime Television, Joan Allen portrays Georgia O'Keeffe in the Lifetime Original Movie premiering Sept 19.
(AP Photo/Lifetime, Richard Foreman)

The exhilarating rise of Georgia O'Keeffe's fame, fashioned by her tumultuous love life and a quest for indepedence, is colorfully presented in a new biopic of the American painter on Lifetime Television this Saturday.

Perhaps one of the most successful and recognized women artists of all time, O'Keeffe is aptly portrayed by actress Joan Allen, an executive producer of the film. The Canadian Press reports:

..."Georgia O'Keeffe" provides a telling glimpse through the framework of her love affair, collaboration and emotional tug-of-war with photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

Oscar winner Jeremy Irons is charismatically exasperating as Stieglitz, whose own artistic pursuits took a back seat to championing O'Keeffe's career, even as his self-absorbed nature threatened to destroy her.

And Joan Allen plays the fiercely independent yet vulnerable O'Keeffe, a young woman who meets Stieglitz in New York early in the last century, finds fame under his tutelage, then makes a difficult break to spend the bulk of her years in Santa Fe's splendid isolation.

The Lifetime Original Movie, 'Georgia O'Keeffe,'  premieres on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.


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