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Maria Altmann: Maria Altmann, 94, dies after winning return of painting seized by Nazis

Maria Altmann, with son Peter, holds a print of "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer." Maria Altmann, who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna as a newlywed and returned to wage a triumphant fight to recover Gustav Klimt's iconic gold portrait of her remarkable aunt, has died. She was 94.

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The Woman in Gold - Maria Altmann's aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, circa 1910. (Photo: Neue Galerie New York) - The Woman in Gold by Klimt.

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Maria Altmann in 2010. She fought the Austrian government for the return of her family's paintings that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. (Photo: Gregor Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

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from NBC News

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Maria Altmann greets a well-wisher in front of a Gustav Klimt painting titled "Adele Bloch-Bauer 1" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ...

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Spending some quality time with this lady and her story today. Adele Bloch-Bauer and the restitution of five Klimt paintings to Maria Altmann are the subject of the forthcoming film, "Woman in Gold," opening in theaters April 3. #ladyingold #womaningold #adeleblochbauer #gustavklimt #gold #helenmirren from @neuegalerieny instagram

"Woman in Gold," an emotional new film that opens this week, stars Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann, a real-life Jewish refugee whose family's art was stolen by Nazis in World War II.