Artist Margaret Keane’s paintings of large-eyed waifs became phenomenally successful in the 1950s, but she received no recognition for them. Her husband, Walter Keane, claiming to be the artist, became a national celebrity and talk-show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of inexpensive prints. Using his marketing savvy, he sold the prints cheaply in such venues as hardware stores and gas stations across the United States. Margaret generated the paintings from a locked room in their home, with Walter’s contribution being his signature added to the bottom. The ruse ended their marriage, and when Margaret made it known she had created the paintings, the couple engaged in a court battle to determine proper credit.