Academy Award(R) Nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award(R) Winner Jeremy Irons to Headline Cast of Lifetime Original Movie, Georgia O'Keeffe
Academy Award(R) Nominee Bob Balaban ('Gosford Park') Will Helm Script
By Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael Cristofer
Golden Globe(R) and Emmy(R) Nominee Joshua D. Maurer ("Introducing
Dorothy Dandridge," "Hoax"), Alixandre Witlin ("Dodson's Journey") and Joan
Allen Executive Produce Biopic for Sony Pictures Television
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 6 -- Following the success of the
Shirley MacLaine starrer "Coco Chanel," Lifetime Television today announced
the start of production of the Lifetime Original Movie Georgia O'Keeffe,
starring three-time Academy Award, Golden Globe(R) and Emmy Award(R)
nominee Joan Allen ("The Contender," "The Upside of Anger") and Academy
Award(R), Golden Globe(R) and Emmy Award(R) winner Jeremy Irons ("Reversal
of Fortune," "Elizabeth I"). To be directed by Academy Award(R) nominee Bob
Balaban ("Gosford Park," "Bernard and Doris") from a script by Pulitzer
Prize winner Michael Cristofer, the dramatic biopic chronicles the
turbulent, 20-year love affair between celebrated artist Georgia O'Keeffe
(Allen) and photographer Alfred Steiglitz (Irons). Allen also serves as an
executive producer alongside City Entertainment's Joshua D. Maurer
("Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," "Hoax") and Alixandre Witlin ("Dodson's
Journey"). The Sony Pictures Television project will premiere on Lifetime
Television during the third quarter of 2009.
"Lifetime is committed to being a destination for top creative talent,
providing an environment that allows filmmakers to deliver their projects
to a broad audience," said Tanya Lopez, Lifetime Networks Senior Vice
President of Original Movies. "In working with such brilliant and respected
actors as Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons, Lifetime reiterates its commitment
to the production of first-rate motion picture projects."
"Georgia O'Keeffe is the iconic role model for unique, talented,
brilliant and liberated women of all ages," said Helen Verno, Executive
vice President of Movies and Miniseries, Sony Pictures Television. "The
project is sure to speak to viewers who are inspired by her love affair
with Alfred Steigliz and the extraordinary work they created during the
many years of their relationship."
Georgia O'Keeffe joins Lifetime's roster of red carpet original movies,
which include the two highest rated basic cable movies of 2008, "The Memory
Keeper's Daughter" and "Coco Chanel," and the upcoming Lifetime Original
Movies, "Prayers for Bobby," starring Golden Globe(R) winner Sigourney
Weaver and "America," starring Emmy(R) winner Rosie O'Donnell and Academy
Award(R) nominee, Ruby Dee.
In "Georgia O'Keeffe," when fiercely independent and then unknown
female artist Georgia O'Keeffe (Allen) discovers famed photographer and art
impresario Alfred Steiglitz (Irons) is displaying her drawings in his
gallery without her permission, she confronts him and orders him to remove
the collection. But Georgia finds herself taken with Alfred's charms as he
convinces her to allow him to become her benefactor and to champion her
artistry. Their working relationship evolves as they fall deeply in love
and Alfred eventually leaves his wife for Georgia. She soon becomes a
rising star who is poised to eclipse Alfred's light. As their relationship
suffers, Alfred finds twisted ways to emotionally wound her, including
taking a younger lover. Georgia's search for solace moves her west, where
she finds new inspiration for her paintings -- and ultimately her own voice
-- in the New Mexico landscape.
Renowned film, television and stage actress Joan Allen received her
first Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her work in
1995's "Nixon." She went on to earn two additional Academy Award and Golden
Globe nominations for her role as a woman accused of practicing witchcraft
in The Crucible and as a politician who becomes the object of a scandal in
"The Contender." Allen's film credits include "The Ice Storm," "Face/Off,"
"Pleasantville," "The Notebook," "The Upside of Anger" and the blockbuster
thrillers "The Bourne Identity," "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne
Ultimatum." For television, Allen starred in the TNT miniseries "The Mists
of Avalon" which earned her an Emmy Award nomination. Additional television
credits include "All the Rage" and "The Room Upstairs." On stage, Allen won
a Tony Award for her Broadway debut performance in "Burn This." She also
starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles." Allen
will return to the Broadway stage in March 2009 after an absence of twenty
years to star in the play "Impressionism," opposite her "Georgia O'Keeffe"
co-star Jeremy Irons.
British actor Jeremy Irons began his career on the London stage in the
hit musical "Godspell" before making his big screen debut in "Njinsky."
Irons next starred in films such as "The French Lieutenant's Woman,"
"Moonlighting," "Betrayal" and "Deadringers". In 1990, he won an Academy
Award and Golden Globe for his work alongside Glenn Close in "Reversal of
Fortune." Irons also received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The
Mission. His recent films include "Appaloosa," "Eragon," "Kingdom of
Heaven," "The Merchant of Venice" and "Being Julia." One of his most famous
movie roles is the voice of Scar in Disney's animated film "The Lion King."
Irons has also found success on television with Emmy Award and Golden Globe
wins for his supporting role in the miniseries "Elizabeth I." He also
received Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role in the
television miniseries "Brideshead Revisited."
"Georgia O'Keeffe" will be produced by Sony Pictures Television for
Lifetime Television. Globe(R) and Emmy(R) nominated producer Joshua D.
Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and Joan Allen are executive producers, and Bob
Balaban will direct from Michael Cristofer's script. Tony Mark ("And
Starring Poncho Villa as Himself") is the producer.
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