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The Diane Keaton Bio

The Diane Keaton Review –

by Nate Lee


Annie Hall

Her Golden Globe and Oscar-winning performance, much more than Woody himself, is responsible for making this easily one of Allen's top five films, and for many, his best. Regardless, the chemistry was so brilliant between the two that any of the top five Diane-Woody films would be contenders. Don't shout: this doesn't include the Godfather series, since she was a miscast schlump in those.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Crimes of the Heart (with Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek, an eccentric Southern sister, from Beth Henley's Pulitzer-winning play)
Baby Boom (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a career woman suddenly saddled with a baby)
The Family Stone (The upper-class mom who is more unwelcoming of Sarah Jessica Parker than anyone)
Mad Money (stealing the mint's old money, with Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes and Ted Danson)
First Wives Club (with Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler, having a good time getting even with the husbands who dumped them for younger women)
The Woody Allen Diane:
Annie Hall
Love and Death
Play it Again, Sam
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Radio Days
The Dramatic Diane:
Marvin's Room (Oscar and SAG-nominated performance as a woman dying of cancer, opposite Meryl Streep)
Shoot the Moon (Golden Globe-nominated performance in a domestic drama opposite Albert Finney)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a teacher cruising the singles bars)
Mrs. Soffel (the warden's wife who falls for inmate Mel Gibson)
The Little Drummer Girl
The Godfather Series (Kay Adams, Al Pacino's wife)
Reds (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performance as leftist Louise Bryant, opposite Warren Beatty's John Reed and Jack Nicholson's Eugene O'Neill)
Father of the Bride (opposite Steve Martin)
Something's Gotta Give (Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated performance opposite Jack Nicholson)
The Real Diane Keaton:
Annie Hall

Woody Allen wrote the "semi-autobiographical" film about his relationship with Keaton. (Her real name is Diane Hall.) Of course, she's become much more sophisticated, but there is still that quirky sensibility in her best work. And, the mysterious singer, too.
Acting Style:
Quirky. Even as she grows into older, less broad, and even sometimes sophisticated comedy, there is that original quirkiness that made the best of the Woody Allen films the best. Though Keaton has a slew of Golden Globe nominations for her serious work, there is just something that's missing there – the true DK.
Bits and Quirks:
An array of tricks worthy of such a comic actress. Endless little jerks of the head, often with a quick jerk of the eyes. Hand motions with and without head, but often hitting head. Usually the palm is stretched open, and it is all fast. Arms across the chest when using one arm to make gestures. A great Tsk! Excessive slouch. A variety of nasal tones, often sounding like she has a cold. A loud quick laugh.
Great Scenes:
Something's Got to Give

> Accidentally exposing herself to Jack
> The dinner scene where she and Jack Nicholson first confront each other
> Kissing Keanu Reeves
> Kissing Jack

Annie Hall

> The best of an array of magnificent scenes are the first, after the tennis match, when we see her in the famous outfit, saying "La Dee Dah," and the good-bye scene in the L.A. vegetarian restaurant
> Chasing the runaway lobsters in the kitchen
> Backlit by the Brooklyn Bridge
> Both singing numbers, especially "It Seems Like Old Times," and then afterward with Paul Simon


> Pushing the car over the cliff and "dog spelled backwards"
> The green make-up
> In the jungle, swinging from the vine
> Imitating Brando

The Godfather

> Questioning Pacino about murdering his brother in law, and the door closing on her at the end
> At the wedding, wondering about Luca Brazzi

The Godfather II

> Pacino shutting the door in her face as she's trying to say good-bye to her son

Mad Money

> Stuffing their clothes with money in the bathroom
> Dancing with the money in the bedroom
> Coming to the rescue with the lawyer
> The final revelation
> The restaurant scenes, particularly with the husbands
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