Monday, June 23, 2008

Diane Keaton Rocks

For folks born after 1980, Diane Keaton is known as an "older" actress. Younger audiences easily recognize her as the lovable mother in the Father of the Bride movies. They would also recognize her from movies like Something's Gotta Give, The First Wives Club and Hanging Up, all in which she plays an older woman. However, most middle aged people (35-45) remember the days when Diane Keaton was the Katie Holmes or Jessica Alba of the movies. Older audiences have watched Keaton change and grow as an actress. They have watched her go from a cute, innocent "it" girl to a matured, respected leading lady.

Diane Keaton was born in Los Angeles in 1946. She first appeared in a production of Hair in the late 1960's. In 1970, Woody Allen cast her in his Broadway play, Play it Again Sam and again in the film version. She went on to make several movies with Allen including Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975) and most notably, Annie Hall (1977). Keaton and Allen were romantically tied to each other throughout the 1970's. The relationship did not last. However, the pair remain good friends and continued to work together after they had broken up. Their creative partnership has lasted longer than their romantic one. In 1993, Keaton and Allen teamed up again to make Manhattan Murder Mystery.

Diane Keaton has also gained some notoriety within the fashion world. Lately, she has been known to for her unique, quirky outfits and accessories. She also got some unwanted media attention when she accidentally slipped up and dropped the F-Bomb on national television.

Diane Keaton has played so many roles in so many iconic films, that she has become a large part of American film heritage. Her comedic abilities have ensured her career, which has spanned almost 40 years. Her ability to star alongside comedic geniuses like Steve Martin and Woody Allen is commendable. And it is likely that audiences will be enjoying her for years to come.

1 comment:

Peg A said...

Whoa--35 is middle aged?

I thought 50 was the new 30!