10 Things You Didn’t Know About Diane Keaton
8. Relationship with Al Pacino
One of Keaton’s most talked about relationships was her on-again-off-again relationship with her Godfather co-star, Al Pacino, in the ’70s and ’80s. “I was really very taken with Al from the very beginning. Our relationship was absolutely wonderful in some ways, but is he the love of my life? No, not really, because he wasn’t the love ‘of my life’ …He was the love of that time of my life,” she said in an interview with The Telegraph. The first time she met Pacino was in a bar in New York before filming began and Keaton admits she fell completely in love with him, but when filming ended, so did their romance. “I kept trying to figure out what I could do to make [him] mine. He was never mine. For the next twenty years I kept losing a man I’d never had,” she said.
7. Struggled with Bulimia
In Keaton’s memoir, Then Again, she talks about her struggle with bulimia. It started when she was offered her first gig, Hair, on the condition that she lose weight for the role. “I don’t think it was called bulimia then. It was just this trick you could do. It’s a horrible problem,” she said. At the height of her illness, Keaton recalled dodging dates with Allen so that she could stay home and eat unimaginable quantities of food, then make herself sick. “The demands of bulimia, outshone the power of my desire for Woody. Pathetic, but true,” she wrote in her memoir. Keaton struggled with the eating disorder for five years until she was 25 when she just one day began eating normally. As she got better, she said one day she just “didn’t open half a gallon of rocky road ice cream.”