Diane Keaton biography
Diane Keaton was born January 5, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. A versatile film actress, Keaton shot to fame in the 1970s for her work in several Woody Allen films, including Annie Hall (1977), which earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. In addition to her comedic work, Keaton's career has included memorable dramatic roles in films such as the Godfather series (1972, 1974, and 1990), Reds (1981), and Marvin's Room (1996).
Born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. The oldest of four children, Keaton was raised in Santa Ana, where she graduated from the local high school in 1964. From there, Keaton, who'd shown an early fondness for acting, relocated to New York City to study at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, a full-time acting conservatory.
While not an overnight success, Keaton's talent earned notice. She eventually landed a spot on the original Broadway run of Hair (1968), in which she famously refused to take off her clothes, and then opposite Woody Allen in his Broadway production of Play It Again Sam, which earned Keaton a Tony Award nomination.
The Keaton-Allen relationship would prove to be a fruitful one. As Allen made his mark as a director, Keaton was right there alongside for him for several of his best-known films: Sleeper (1973), Manhattan (1979), and most famously, Annie Hall (1977), a love story that appeared to be an autobiographical look at Keaton and Allen's own off-screen romance. For the role, Keaton earned an Academy Award for Best Actress.
But it wasn't just comedic roles that captured Keaton's interest. Working closely with director Francis Ford Coppola, Keaton played Kay Adams, the girlfriend and eventual wife of Michael Corleone in the Godfather series (1973, 1974, and 1990). In 1981, she teamed up with Warren Beatty, with whom she was dating off-screen, in Reds (1981). The film earned Keaton another Best Actress nomination.
Actor & Director
After a short string of early disappointing films in the early 1980s, Keaton bounced back in a big way with Baby Boom (1987), a hit comedy that portrayed the struggles of a working, single mom.
Around this time, Keaton also began devoting part of her energy toward directing. Her work included several television projects, including a stint directing an episode of the David Lynch hit program, Twin Peaks. In 1995, she made her directorial debut in film with Unsung Heroes.
During the first decade of the 21st century, Keaton continued to show her range as an actress. A good portion of her work came from comedies, including Town & Country (2001), and Something's Gotta Give (2003), an over-50 romantic comedy that saw Keaton team up with Jack Nicholson. The hit film earned Keaton another Best Actress nomination.
As she's grown older, Keaton, who is the mother of two adopted children, hasn't tried, on-screen or off, to distance herself from her age.
"My feeling was that nothing was expected of me," Keaton said of her career in a 2003 interview.
"I was a very normal, average, ordinary person, and no one expected or looked at me and went, 'Oh, she's got a future.' So, I think that everything has just been a slow, steady persistence on my part and because I got opportunities, I used them as best as I could with the tools that I have such as they are."
Outside of acting, Keaton has demonstrated a passion for architecture and building preservation. She's a member of America's National Trust for Historic Preservation and has rehabbed several buildings in her home city of Los Angeles.