Diane Keaton

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Diane Keaton (* 5. January 1946 as Diane Hall in Los Angeles , California ) is an American actress , film producer and film director . Keaton is her mother's maiden name. She accepted it after joining an actors' union because another Diane Hall was already a member.

She gained international fame primarily through the role of Kay Adams , the lover and ex-wife of Michael Corleone , in Francis Ford Coppola's mafia epic The Godfather (1972) and its sequels The Godfather - Part II and The Godfather - Part III . For her portrayal of the film character Annie Hall in Woody Allen's Der Stadtneurotiker (1977), she was awarded an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best leading actress in 1978 .


Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles on January 5, 1946 . She graduated from Santa Ana High School and then attended Santa Ana College and the University of Southern California before moving to the East Coast to study drama at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse .

Her career began on Broadway , where she performed in the musical Hair from April 1968 to July 1972 . Her refusal to appear naked at the end of the first act caused a stir. While working on Broadway, she met director Woody Allen , who gave her the role of Linda Christie in his play Play It Again, Sam and with whom she also entered into a private relationship.

Keaton made her film debut in Lovers and Other Strangers with Beatrice Arthur in 1970 . Her participation in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather at the beginning of her career in 1972 - as well as later in the sequels in 1974 and 1990, in which she played the friend and future wife Michael Corleone ( Al Pacino ), Kay Adams - has significantly advanced her career.

Her most successful film was made in 1977 in collaboration with her then partner Woody Allen: Der Stadtneurotiker . For this film she received the Oscar for best actress. After that, they made a number of films together. She received another Oscar nomination for the 1981 film Reds .

In the late 1980s, Keaton began directing himself. In 1993 she took over the short-term female lead in Manhattan Murder Mystery from Woody Allen after his then-partner Mia Farrow had separated from him. After the comedy The Devil's Club in 1996 with Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler , she was only able to build on earlier successes in 2003. In What the Heart Desires , she stood in front of the camera with Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves . For this performance she received a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.

Diane Keaton has two adopted children . She decided to adopt at the age of 50 when she became aware of her own mortality through the death of her father.

Filmography (selection)



  • 1987: All about heaven and hell ( Heaven , documentation)
  • 1990: China Beach (TV series, episode: Fever )
  • 1991: Twin Peaks (TV series, episode 1x23)
  • 1991: Wilde Alice / Wilde Sehnsucht ( Wildflower , TV movie)
  • 1995: Unstrung Heroes
  • 1999: Mother's Helper
  • 2000: hung up! (Hanging up)
  • 2001: The Secret of Pasadena ( Pasadena , TV series, pilot)


  • 1989: Lemon Sisters
  • 1997: Northern Lights
  • 1999: Oh, What Time It Was (TV series)
  • 2001–2002: The Secret of Pasadena ( Pasadena , 13 episodes)
  • 2002: Crossed Over
  • 2003: Elephant
  • 2003: On Thin Ice (TV movie)
  • 2006: Surrender, Dorothy (TV movie)



  • Won 1978 : Best Actress (Der Stadtneurotiker)
  • 1982 nominated: Best Actress (Reds)
  • 1997 nominated: Best Actress (Marvin's Daughters)
  • 2004 nominated: Best Actress (What the Heart Desires)

Golden Globe Award

  • Won 1978 : Best Actress - Comedy or Musical (Der Stadtneurotiker)
  • 1978 Nominated: Best Actress - Drama (In Search of Mr. Goodbar)
  • 1982 Nominated: Best Actress - Drama (Reds)
  • 1983 nominated: Best Actress - Drama (The Conflict - You or Both)
  • 1985 nominated: Best Actress - Drama (Escape for three)
  • 1988 nominated: Best Actress - Comedy or Musical (Baby Boom)
  • 1994 Nominated: Best Actress - Comedy or Musical (Manhattan Murder Mystery)
  • 1995 nominated: Best Actress - Miniseries or TV Movie (Amelia Earhart - The Last Flight)
  • Won 2004 : Best Actress - Comedy or Musical (What the Heart Desires)


  • Won 1978 : Best Actress (Der Stadtneurotiker)
  • 1980 nominated: Best Actress (Manhattan)
  • 1983 nominated: Best Actress (Reds)

American Film Institute

Golden Raspberry

  • 2008 nominated: Worst Actress (Woman to Woman)

Golden camera

  • 2014: Lifetime Achievement International


  • Diane Keaton: THEN TODAY . btb Verlag, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-442-75277-5 .
  • Deborah C. Mitchell: Diana Keaton. Artist and Icon . MacFarland, Jefferson, NC 2001, ISBN 0-7864-1082-5 .
  • Jonathan Moor: Diane Keaton. The Story of the Real Annie Hall . St. Martin's Press, New York 1989, ISBN 0-312-02903-9 .

Web links

Commons : Diane Keaton  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Diane Keaton biography Prisma.de, accessed on September 13, 2011 (English).
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