Name:
Diane Keaton
Birth Date:
January 5, 1946
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Height:
5' 6½''
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role as Woody Allen's quirky titular love interest in 'Annie Hall' (1977)
Profession:
Actress, Director, Producer
Education:
Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana, California (graduated in 1964)
BIOGRAPHY
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Annie Hall

Background:

“I’m limited, so I kind of know where I fit as an actress. I kind of get it now, finally, after all of these years of trying to be a dramatic actress. I kind of think that’d I’d like to continue dealing with these things in a funny, lighter vein, but also truthful and honest.” Diane Keaton

American actress Diane Keaton is probably best remembered for her title role in Woody Allen’s film Annie Hall (1977), which ranked No.60 on the 2006 Premiere Magazine’s “100 Greatest Performances of All Time” list. For her convincing performance, Keaton harvested an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a National Board of Review Award, a BAFTA Film Award, and others. Later, the actress received three Academy Award nominations thanks to her notable turns in such movies as Warren Beatty’s Reds (1981), the drama Marvin’s Room (1996) and the romantic comedy Something’s Gotta Give (2003).

Keaton, whose performance in “Play It Again, Sam” (1969) was given a Tony Award nomination, is also known as Kay Adams from the famous mob drama The Godfather (1972). She presented first-class acting in films like Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Interiors (1978), Shoot the Moon (1982), the TV biopic Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight (1994, was nominated for an Emmy for her titular turn), The First Wives Club (1996) and The Family Stone (2005).

Keaton, who in 1995 was chosen one of the Empire magazine’s “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History,” is actively involved in campaigns with the Los Angeles Conservancy to save and restore historic buildings, particularly in the Los Angeles area. The celebrity is also an advocate against plastic surgery and was recently chosen to be the new face of L’Oreal. She remains single and raises two adopted children.


Rubbish Old Maid Myth

Childhood and Family:

Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall, on January 5, 1946, in Los Angeles. The oldest child of civil engineer Jack Hall (1921–1990) and homemaker/amateur photographer Dorothy was raised a Methodist, like her mother. Her interest in theater grew after seeing her mother win a homemakers’ pageant.

Diane attended Santa Ana High School in California, where she began participating in singing and acting clubs, and continued her studies at the Santa Ana College and later the Orange Coast College. However, she left college and moved to Manhattan to pursue an entertainment career. Diane, who was inspired by Katharine Hepburn, enrolled in the Actors’ Equity Association as “Diane Keaton,” because there was already a registered “Diane Hall.”

“I didn’t have it in me to go the distance. Sure, maybe that would have been wonderful, fulfilling in a deeper way. On the other hand, I don’t envy it at all. I don’t think that because I’m not married it’s made my life any less. That’s the myth of the old maid. It’s garbage.” Diane Keaton

Previously having romantic relationships with Woody Allen and Warren Beatty, Diane eventually announced her indifference toward romance and marriage in July 2001. She, however, adopted a daughter named Dexter (adopted in 1996) and a son named Duke (adopted in 2001).


Something’s Gotta Give

Career:

“How could I resent Annie Hall, the thing that gave me all I have? I’d have to be a fool, a moron. Besides, good things don’t come without problems. Yes, I got typecast, yes, I lost my privacy, but God, give me that again.” Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton sharpened her acting skills with New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse, where she studied under the Meisner technique. She then became an understudy on the original Broadway production of “Hair” (1968) and gained notoriety for being the only girl refusing to perform nude in the finale.

Keaton first met Woody Allen while acting with him in his Broadway play “Play It Again, Sam” (1969), in which her performance earned a Tony nomination for Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic). She next made a movie debut as Joan Vecchio in the comedy Lovers and Other Strangers (1970).

Keaton also appeared in the series “Love, American Style” (1970) and “Night Gallery” (1970), before rejoining Woody Allen in the controversial short comedy Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971, TV). She built her reputation by reviving her stage role in the movie version of Play It Again, Sam (1972, as Linda Christie) and portraying Kay Adams, the wife of Al Pacino’s character, in the acclaimed mob drama The Godfather (1972). Later, she reprised the role in The Godfather: Part II (1974), the miniseries “The Godfather Saga” (1977) and The Godfather: Part III (1990).

Still with Allen, Keaton costarred as Luna Schlosser in the futuristic comedy Sleeper (1973) and played Sonja in the spoof of “War and Peace” titled Love and Death (1975). A year later, the actress appeared in Israel Horovitz’s Off-Broadway play “The Primary English Class” (1976).

1977 was a big year for Keaton. She delivered a Golden Globe-nominated dramatic turn as promiscuous schoolteacher Theresa Dunn in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. Furthermore, the actress made a landmark performance as the titular kooky and ditzy woman in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) and collected an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a National Board of Review, a BAFTA Film award, a National Society of Film Critics award, a New York Film Critics Circle award, a Kansas City Film Critics Circle award and a Fotogramas de Plata award.

Keaton was then cast as Renata in Allen’s first drama Interiors (1978, shared a Fotogramas de Plata’s Best Foreign Movie Performer award with Looking for Mr. Goodbar) and had her last starring role in an Allen movie for over a decade in Manhattan (1979), where she starred as Mary Wilkie. For her fine acting in the latter, Keaton was nominated for an American Movie award and a BAFTA Film award.

The rising actress was next involved with Warren Beatty and costarred as writer Louise Bryant in his epic Reds (1981), a role which brought in a David di Donatello award, as well as an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Film award nomination. Exploring her artistic talent, Keaton directed the music videos for Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” and “I Get Weak,” as well as a short film titled What Does Dorrie Want (1982).

On screen, Keaton portrayed strong-willed women in Shoot the Moon (1982, had a Golden Globe-nominated turn as Faith Dunlap), Mrs. Soffel (also 1984, earned a Golden Globe nomination for her part as the titular prison warden’s wife), the comedy drama Crimes of the Heart (1986, played Lennora Josephine ‘Lenny’ Magrath) and Baby Boom (1987, was nominated for a Golden Globe for starring as career woman J.C. Wiatt). Still in 1987, the actress debuted at feature-length directing with the documentary Heaven. It was then ensued by her effort for the “Fever” episode of the war drama series “China Beach” (1988).

Following her screen performance in The Good Mother (1988) and The Lemon Sisters (1990), Keaton tried to helm a TV film with the short drama The Girl with the Crazy Brother (1990). She was next seen in the comedy films Father of the Bride (1991, alongside Steve Martin) and Running Mates (1992, TV).

Keaton earned a Golden Globe nomination for her leading role as Carol Lipton in Woody Allen’s comical Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) and finely portrayed the U.S. aviatrix in the TV biopic Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight (1994, was nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild). After Father of the Bride Part II (1995), the actress received even more enthusiastic reviews for starring as Annie Paradis, alongside Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, in The First Wives Club (1996). Her witty turn in the latter soon gave her a National Board of Review award and a Golden Apple nomination. Keaton received her next Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nomination after playing Bessie Greenfield in the drama Marvin’s Room (1996), opposite Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The recipient of the 1997 Women in Film Crystal award also executive produced and acted in The Disney Channel movie Northern Lights (1997) before working with director Garry Marshall in the romantic comedy The Other Sister (1999). Keaton, who previously directed an episode of “Twin Peaks” (1991), Unstrung Heroes (1995) and Mother’s Helper (1999), helmed the adaptation of Delia Ephron’s book titled Hanging Up (2000, also co-starred with Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow). The next year, she directed the series “Pasadena” (2001).

Subsequent to Town & Country (2001) and Crossed Over (2002, TV), Keaton shared the screen with actor Jack Nicholson in Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy Something’s Gotta Give (2003), where she delivered the leading role of Erica Jane Barry. Thanks to her superb acting, Keaton was handed a Golden Globe, a National Board of Review and a Golden Satellite award. In addition, she earned an Oscar, a Screen Actors Guild and a Broadcast Film Critics Association award nomination. Keaton was then seen as Sybil Stone in the star-studded The Family Stone (2005) and received a Satellite award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Keaton will soon be seen in such upcoming films as Smother (2007), Mama’s Boy (2007) and Because I Said So (2007).


Awards:

  • Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Something’s Gotta Give, 2004
  • Golden Satellite: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, Something’s Gotta Give, 2004
  • National Board of Review: Best Actress, Something’s Gotta Give, 2003
  • Women in Film Crystal: Crystal Award, 1997
  • National Board of Review: Best Acting by an Ensemble, The First Wives Club, 1996
  • David di Donatello: Best Foreign Actress, Reds, 1982
  • Fotogramas de Plata: Best Foreign Movie Performer, Interiors, also for Looking for Mr. Goodbar, 1979
  • Oscar: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Annie Hall, 1978
  • Golden Globe: Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy, Annie Hall, 1978
  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle: Best Actress, Annie Hall, 1978
  • BAFTA Film: Best Actress, Annie Hall, 1978
  • National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress, Annie Hall, 1977
  • National Society of Film Critics: Best Actress, Annie Hall, 1977
  • New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress, Annie Hall, 1977
     
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