Born: January 5, 1946 (age 77) Los Angeles, CA
Full Name: Diane Hall Keaton
Death Date: N/A
Birth Sign: Capricorn
Net Worth: $100 million
Height: 5‘ 7"
Diane Keaton, American actress and director, has won many awards over 6 decades for her memorable performances in films like The Godfather, Annie Hall, and Something‘s Gotta Give. Known for her quirky charm and masculinely bold fashion sense, Keaton has become one of the most influential actresses of her generation.
Diane Keaton: The Actress
With over 50 years in the entertainment industry and too many iconic roles to list, Keaton‘s acting career stands as one of the greats. Some highlights include:
- Kay Adams-Corleone – Keaton‘s portrayal of Michael Corleone‘s girlfriend in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) helped launch her into stardom. Her emotional performance earned her a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer.
- Annie Hall – Keaton‘s Academy Award winning performance in this 1977 comedy written by Woody Allen defined her signature kooky, neurotic, yet lovable on-screen persona.
- Louise Bryant – Playing poet and political activist Louise Bryant in 1981‘s Reds earned Keaton her second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Jocelyn – One of Keaton‘s most commercially successful roles was as a former businesswoman forced into motherhood in 1987‘s Baby Boom.
- Erica Barry – Her warm, witty portrayal of an aging playwright in 2003‘s Something‘s Gotta Give opposite Jack Nicholson reminded audiences of her enduring star power and talent.
Keaton‘s depth, vulnerability, and relatability as a performer has made her an acting legend.
An Unconventional Style Icon
Keaton‘s impact extends beyond acting and into the world of fashion. She became known for a signature menswear-inspired look that included:
- Wide brimmed hats
- Tailored, oversized suits
- Collared shirts and ties
- Leather boots/oxfords
- Layered jewelry
Her vintage, relaxed aesthetic was a hit in the 1970s and continues to inspire designers today. Keaton uses style as another form of creative expression, once stating: "Clothes aren‘t just about style, they are about who you are. I think that‘s why I‘m still designing. I‘m still figuring out who I am!". Her upcoming memoir Brother & Sister will give more insight into her life and enduring sense of style.
Other Creative Pursuits
In addition to acting and fashion, Keaton has also explored directing, photography, writing, and music:
- Directing – She‘s directed several films including Hanging Up (2000) and Mad Money (2008).
- Photography – Keaton has published two books highlighting her favorite photographic subjects: Reservations (1980) and House (2012).
- Writing – She wrote her memoir Then Again in 2011 and has a new autobiography Brother & Sister coming out in 2022.
- Music – She co-wrote songs for the soundtrack of 1987‘s Baby Boom and also penned "Heaven‘s Just a Sin Away" for 1984‘s The Little Drummer Girl.
Keaton‘s willingness to explore multiple creative outlets further proves her versatile talent.
Why Diane Keaton Remains so Beloved
With an illustrious career spanning over 50 years, here are some of the reasons Keaton remains such an admired and adored star:
- Her authenticity and willingness to take risks has connected deeply with audiences.
- Her kindness and philanthropy support various important causes and nonprofits.
- Her courage to be unconventionally bold in acting and fashion.
- Her ability to bring humor and vulnerability to every character.
- Her resilience to reinvent herself time and time again.
At 77, Keaton shows no signs of slowing down – she continues to take on new challenges and captivate fans both new and old. Her brilliance and charm is timeless. Diane Keaton is an American treasure.