10 Things You Didn’t Know About Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton is well known for her work on-screen and behind the camera as a director and producer. She started acting in the ’70s and has now appeared in nearly 50 films! Her big break came when she was cast in The Godfather in 1972, but some of her best known work came not long after when she did a series of Woody Allen projects like Play It Again, Sam, Sleeper and Annie Hall, which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. The beloved actress is turning 71 on January 5, so here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about her!
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946 in Los Angles. In the ’50s her family moved to a suburban neighborhood in Santa Ana, California, which is where she grew up with her three siblings, a brother Randy, and two sisters, Robin and Dorrie. Her father, Jack Hall, was a real-estate broker and her mother, Dorothy, was a housewife. Her mother won the “Mrs. Los Angeles” pageant for homemakers in the mid-50s which inspired Keaton to become an actress. She went to college as an acting student after high school, but soon dropped out to pursue a career in New York City.
9. Crush on Jack Nicholson
Today Keaton and Jack Nicholson are close friends, but there was a time when she thought of him as ‘the one that got away.’ When she first met him thirty-some years ago while working on the film Reds, she admitted she couldn’t be his friend because she wanted something more from him, but she just wasn’t his type. “I didn’t want to be his friend. I wanted him to kiss me. It didn’t happen.” In 2003 they were cast together in the film Something’s Gotta Give which kindled a friendship. Ten years after they ended up becoming quite close friends as he lives down the street from her, so they meet on a regular basis for lunch. In her memoir, Then Again she revealed that he gave her some of his financial stake in their film, which she described as a check “with a lot of zeroes.”