Diane Keaton

I recently read Diane Keaton’s memoir, Then Again, and really enjoyed it. She writes about her career, iconic films she worked on, and actors she dated. But it’s more a story about her family, and her relationship with her mother. This one excerpt in particular touched me and I made sure to bookmark it to share here on the blog. The sentiment isn’t revelatory, but I’ve never heard it said quite this way before:

…pretty, with its promise of perfection, is not as appealing as it used to be. What is perfection anyway? It’s the death of creativity, that’s what I think, while change, on the other hand, is the cornerstone of new ideas. God knows, I want new ideas and new experiences.

I also loved this excerpt about Woody Allen:

Woody woke up the morning after and opened The New York Times. On the front page he read that Annie Hall won best picture and went back to work on his next script, Interiors, a drama. Woody stood by his principles. To him there was no “best” in an art form–that included no best director, no best picture, and definitely no best actress. Art was not a Knicks basketball game.

p.s. Even though it may not be her most well known or biggest role, I’ve always loved Diane Keaton as Nina Banks in Father of the Bride I & II–her chemistry with Steve Martin is perfection! First Wives Club is another favorite. What’s yours?

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