Woman in Gold
Not everyone gets Ryan Reynolds to play them in a movie. Meet Randy Schoenberg, the lawyer who forced Austria to return Gustav Klimt’s “Austrian Mona Lisa” to its rightful owners, in one of the most gripping real life legal dramas ever told.
Maria Altmann was an elderly Jewish woman living in Los Angeles who, together with her young inexperienced lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Klimt’s iconic painting of Maria’s aunt, The Woman in Gold, stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II. Ronald Lauder later bought the painting for $135 million, the highest sum ever paid for a painting to that date.