As an actress and style icon of the 1970’s, Diane Keaton is probably most popular for her role as Annie Hall. After training and working in theatre for many years, one of her earliest film jobs was in Woody Allen’s Play it Again, Sam (1972). Interestingly, Keaton didn’t have an easy go as an actor, getting her most recognisable roles in her twenties and thirties.
Keaton also found her hand at directing, as her resume includes directing music videos and episodes for TV, such as one she did for the popular nineties show, Twin Peaks. She has also penned her name as the author of three books, editor of plenty others, as well as testing her passions for photography, of which she also edited a book of.
Diane Keaton has always been such an inspiration of mine, but I have recently just realised how much her character as Keaton – one in which she has to do the least bit of acting – is starting to influence me. She is undeniably strong and honest; just recently being on the Ellen Degeneres Show and openly talking about sexuality for her, especially now that she’s in her seventies. And this is just one example of Keaton’s openness, as she has always been frank about her past relationships – to which the media completely ate up. Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, and Woody Allen (who she is still good friends with) all make appearances in her love life.
Even when exposing herself to criticism, Diane Keaton stands on very firm ground about her beliefs and choices. As a mother of two adopted children, an advocate for historical buildings and architecture in the L.A. area, and an opponent of plastic surgery, Diane is always sure of herself, and never (well, rarely) apologetic.
I may not agree with everything she says and does – I am myself a human with beliefs and choices – but I admire her strength to be unashamedly her. I know so many women who apologise for the way they think, act, speak, etc., when it is completely unnecessary – myself included – and it is so refreshing to have a women in the entertainment industry who is not only successful, but did it while keeping the sense of herself. Her willingness to be so open is part of what makes Diane so charming. She embraces herself and has done so at every age, and at every stage.
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