Diane Hall Keaton (born January 5, 1946) is an American actress and filmmaker. Known for her idiosyncratic personality and dressing style, Keaton has received an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and the AFI Life Achievement Award. She began her career on stage and made her screen debut as an extra in Lovers and Other Strangers (1970), with Richard S. Castellano, Gig Young, Cloris Leachman, Anne Jackson, Bea Arthur, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Harry Guardino, Anne Meara, Bob Dishy, and Marian Hailey.
She rose to prominence with her first major film role as Kay Adams-Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather (1972), with Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Castellano, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, and Richard Conte. She would reprise the role in its sequels The Godfather Part II (1974), and The Godfather Part III (1990), with Sofia Coppola, Andy García, Joe Mantegna, and Eli Wallach.
The films that most shaped her career were those with director and co-star Woody Allen, beginning with Play It Again, Sam (1972). Her next two films with Allen, the futurist science fiction comedy Sleeper (1973) and the period piece Love and Death (1975), established her as a comic actor. Her fourth, the romantic comedy Annie Hall (1977), with Tony Roberts and Christopher Walken; won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. To avoid being typecast as her Annie Hall persona, Keaton became an accomplished dramatic performer, starring in Richard Brook’s Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), with Tuesday Weld, William Atherton, Richard Kiley, and Richard Gere; and Interiors (1978), with Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Jordan, E.G. Marshall, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton, and Sam Waterston.
She would receive three more Academy Award nominations for Reds (1981), with Warren Beatty (who also directed), Jack Nicholson, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosiński, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Gene Hackman, Ramon Bieri, Nicolas Coster, and M. Emmet Walsh; Marvin’s Room (1996), with Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn, Gwen Verdon, Hal Scardino and Dan Hedaya; Nancy Meyers’s Something’s Gotta Give (2003), with Nicholson, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet, Frances McDormand, Paul Michael Glaser, Jon Favreau, and KaDee Strickland.
Keaton’s other popular films include Allen’s Manhattan (1979), Charles Shyer’s Baby Boom (1987), with Harold Ramis, Sam Wanamaker, and Sam Shepard; Father of the Bride Part I (1991) and Part II (1995), with Steve Martin; Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), with Allen, Alan Alda, and Angelica Huston; The First Wives Club (1996), with Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Maggie Smith, Marcia Gay Harden, Stockard Channing, and Eileen Heckart; The Family Stone (2005), with Craig T. Nelson, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, and Tyrone Giordano; Morning Glory (2010), with McAdams, Harrison Ford, Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum; Finding Dory (2016), with Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, and Eugene Levy; and Book Club (2018), with Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Nelson, García, Don Johnson, and Richard Dreyfuss.
Other roles in the 1980s include Shoot the Moon (1982), with Albert Finney, Karen Allen, Peter Weller, and Dana Hill; George Roy Hill‘s The Little Drummer Girl (1984), with Yorgo Voyagis, Klaus Kinski, and Thorley Walters; Mrs. Soffel (1984), with Mel Gibson, Matthew Modine, and Edward Herrmann; Crimes of the Heart (1986), with Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Shepard, Tess Harper, and Hurd Hatfield; The Good Mother (1988), with Liam Neeson, Jason Robards, and Ralph Bellamy; and The Lemon Sisters (1989), with Carol Kane, Kathryn Grody, and Elliott Gould.
Later roles include Hanging Up (2000), with Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, Walter Matthau, and Adam Arkin; Town & Country (2001), with Beatty, Hawn, Garry Shandling, Andie MacDowell, Jenna Elfman, Nastassja Kinski, and Charlton Heston; Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion (2012), with Kevin Kline, Richard Jenkins, Mark Duplass, Elizabeth Moss, Shepard, and Diane Wiest; The Big Wedding (2013), with De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams; Rob Reiner‘s And So It Goes (2014), with Michael Douglas; 5 Flights Up (2014), with Morgan Freeman.
Roles in the mid 2010s include Love the Coopers (2015), with Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, and Olivia Wilde; Hampstead (2017), with Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins, Hugh Skinner, and Simon Callow; Poms (2019), with Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston, Alisha Boe, Phyllis Somerville, Charlie Tahan, Bruce McGill, and Rhea Perlman; and Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020), with Jeremy Irons, Maggie Grace, Diego Boneta, and Andrew Bachelor.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
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- Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) – directed by Cy Howard
- Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) – directed by Woody Allen – short
- The Godfather (1972) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
- Play It Again, Sam (1972) – directed by Herbert Ross
- Sleeper (1973) – directed by Woody Allen
- The Godfather Part II (1974) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
- I Will, I Will… for Now (1976) – directed by Norman Panama
- Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976) – directed by Mark Rydell
- Annie Hall (1977) – directed by Woody Allen
- Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) – directed by Richard Brooks
- Interiors (1978) – directed by Woody Allen
- Manhattan (1979) – directed by Woody Allen
- Reds (1981) – directed by Warren Beatty
- Shoot the Moon (1982) – directed by Alan Parker
- The Little Drummer Girl (1984) – directed by George Roy Hill
- Mrs. Soffel (1984) – directed by Gillian Armstrong
- Crimes of the Heart (1986) – directed by Bruce Beresford
- Radio Days (1987) – directed by Woody Allen
- Heaven (1987) – director only – documentary
- Baby Boom (1987) – directed by Charles Shyer
- The Good Mother (1988) – directed by Leonard Nimoy
- The Lemon Sisters (1990) – directed by Joyce Chopra
- The Godfather Part III (1990) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
- Wildflower (1991) – director only – TV movie
- Father of the Bride (1991) – directed by Charles Shyer
- Running Mates (1992) – directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg – TV movie
- Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) – directed by Woody Allen
- Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)* – directed by Tom Ropelewski
- Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight (1994) – directed by Yves Simoneau – TV movie
- Unstrung Heroes (1995) – director only
- Father of the Bride Part II (1995)* – directed by Charles Shyer
- The First Wives Club (1996) – directed by Hugh Wilson
- Marvin’s Room (1996) – directed by Jerry Zaks
- The Only Thrill (1997) – directed by Peter Masterson
- Northern Lights (1997) – directed by Linda Yellen – TV movie
- The Other Sister (1999) – directed by Garry Marshall
- Hanging Up (2000) – also director
- Town & Country (2001) – directed by Peter Chelsom
- Sister Mary Explains It All (2001) – directed by Marshall Brickman – TV movie
- Plan B (2001) – directed by Greg Yaitanes
- Crossed Over (2002) – directed by Bobby Roth – TV movie
- On Thin Ice (2003) – directed by David Atwood – TV movie
- Something’s Gotta Give (2003)* – directed by Nancy Meyers
- The Family Stone (2005) – directed by Thomas Bezucha
- Surrender, Dorothy (2006) – directed by Charles McDougall – TV movie
- Because I Said So (2007) – directed by Michael Lehmann
- Mama’s Boy (2007) – directed by Tim Hamilton
- Mad Money (2008) – directed by Callie Khouri
- Smother (2008) – directed by Vince Di Meglio
- Morning Glory (2010) – directed by Roger Michell
- Tilda (2011) – directed by Bill Condon – TV movie/pilot
- Darling Companion (2012) – directed by Lawrence Kasdan
- The Big Wedding (2013) – directed by Justin Zackham
- And So It Goes (2014) – directed by Rob Reiner
- 5 Flights Up (2014) – directed by Richard Loncraine – aka Ruth & Alex
- Love the Coopers (2015) – directed by Jessie Nelson
- Finding Dory (2016) – directed by Andrew Stanton
- Hampstead is a 2017) – directed by Joel Hopkins
- Book Club (2018) – directed by Bill Holderman
- Poms (2018) – directed by Zara Hayes
- Father of the Bride, Part 3(ish) (2020) – directed by Nancy Meyers – short
- Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020) – directed by Dennis Dugan