Georgia O'Keeffe (2009 film)

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Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O'Keeffe, 2009 film.jpg
film poster
Screenplay byMichael Cristofer
Directed byBob Balaban
StarringJoan Allen
Jeremy Irons
Theme music composerJeff Beal
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Joshua D. Maurer (executive producer)

Alixandre Witlin (executive producer) Joan Allen (executive producer)

Tony Mark (line producer)
CinematographyPaul Elliott
Editor(s)Kathryn Himoff
Running time89 minutes
DistributorCity Entertainment
Original release
  • September 19, 2009 (2009-09-19)

Georgia O'Keeffe is a 2009 American television biographical film, produced by City Entertainment in association with Sony Television, about noted American painter Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The film was directed by Bob Balaban, executive-produced by Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and Joan Allen, and line-produced by Tony Mark. Shown on Lifetime Television, it starred Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in lead roles.[1][2]

At the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards, the film received nine nominations, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Jeremy Irons and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Joan Allen.[3] The film was also nominated for three 2009 Golden Globe Awards, including Best Miniseries or Television Movie or Miniseries, as well as receiving nominations for director by the Directors Guild of America and a Producers Guild nomination for Producer of the Year award for Outstanding Television Movie or Miniseries, and a NAACP nomination for supporting actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. The movie earned more total nominations than in the history of Lifetime Television combined, making it the most critically acclaimed film in Lifetime's history.


Georgia O'Keeffe (Joan Allen) is a young painter in the 1910s, while Alfred Stieglitz (Jeremy Irons) is New York-based photographer and art impresario, who discovers her works. Later, when O'Keeffe discovers that her works are displayed at an art gallery without her permission, she confronts Stieglitz. However, he manages to charm her, and starts their 20-year relationship. Stieglitz, 23 years senior to O'Keeffe, subsequently starts living with her and later divorces his wife to marry her. However, over the years, as O'Keeffe becomes a famous artist, their relationship deteriorates.



Development and scripting[edit]

The film was in development for four years at HBO, having been originally pitched and developed by executive producers Maurer, Witlin and Allen, and at one point it was to be produced by HBO, but eventually Lifetime took it up once HBO passed.[4]

The film's screenplay, which was nominated and won the 2009 Writers Guild Award for Best Original Screenplay for Movie or Miniseries, was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer, most known for Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Shadow Box (1977) and Gia 1998 film.[4]

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico where part of the filming was done


The film was shot entirely on location in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico. The executive producers worked closely with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, specifically with curator and leading scholar on O'Keeffe, Barbara Buhler Lynes, to make sure issues of accuracy and content were done with sensitivity and attention to detail.[5] Over seventy original paintings and drawings by O'Keeffe were permitted to be used in the film. Moreover, the filmmakers were given permission to film at O'Keeffe's home in Ghost Ranch, near of Abiquiú, New Mexico, the first time a film company was given that privilege.[4] Lead actress Joan Allen also took painting lessons for the film.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Television Review:'Georgia O'Keeffe', Independent Protégée and Needy Starmaker". New York Times. September 17, 2009.
  2. ^ "Joan Allen to star in TV movie 'Georgia O'Keeffe'". LA Times. November 6, 2008.
  3. ^ "Joan Allen and Heidi Klum nab noms for Lifetime". Monsters and Critics. Jul 8, 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17.
  4. ^ a b c "Lifetime paints O'Keeffe portrait". Reuters. Nov 5, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Lifetime biopic 'humanizes' artist Georgia O'Keeffe". USA Today. 2009-09-18. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  6. ^ "Network comedy shines in Golden Globe nods". UT-San Diego. Dec 15, 2009.
  7. ^ "Golden Globes: Here are the nominations!". Entertainment Weekly. 2009-12-15. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  8. ^ "Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards 2009-10 winners list" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards 2009-10 winners list" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  10. ^ "2010 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations & winners list". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2012.

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