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Diane Keaton Muses On Beauty

With guest host John Donvan

Academy-Award winning actress Diane Keaton reflects on life, beauty, and aging in Hollywood. Plus, we remember Maya Angelou.

US actress Diane Keaton, gestures, as she arrives on the red carpet for the Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera) media awards in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.  (AP)

US actress Diane Keaton, gestures, as she arrives on the red carpet for the Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera) media awards in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP)

Say this about Academy Award Winner Diane Keaton.  We knew her when she was young, and we know her now when she’s not quite so young. Which may seem an indelicate thing to say except that Keaton herself makes growing older in public the subject of a her new memoir.  That, plus the fact she’s still knocking down good roles in her late 60s. Not something many women in Hollywood can say. How she’s put it all together, the conversation coming up. Plus: Maya Angelou, and how she inspired.  And kept the focus at all times. This hour On Point: An actor, a poet. Two kinds of art.

– John Donvan

Guests

Diane Keaton, Academy-Award-winning actress, author and director. Author of the new memoir, “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty.” Also author of “Then Again.” (@Diane_Keaton)

From The Reading List

New York Times: Diane Keaton: By the Book – “I was slow to read. At first, reading was something that needed illustration. Reading was best spoken out loud. Some things never change. For example, I love to listen to audiobooks, particularly on road trips. Last Christmas, driving from L.A. to San Francisco, I listened to Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids.’ It was a revelation. Or rather, she was. What is it about her voice? ”

The Guardian: Diane Keaton: ‘I love Woody. And I believe my friend’ – “There can’t be many actors who have an off-screen persona as close to the public’s idea of them as Diane Keaton. Here she is on a sunny morning in LA in her customary uniform – dark layers of clothing, bowler hat and fishnet fingerless gloves, crosshatched with ladders – sipping tea and laughing girlishly in the Annie Hall style. ”

NPR: A Film And Fashion Icon On Aging, And The Power Of Turtlenecks — “Actress Diane Keaton remains an icon, decades after her Oscar-winning performance in Annie Hall. At 68, she’s a single mother of two, once romantically linked to some of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs and still starring in films. And she still rocks her trademark look: a bowler hat, tinted glasses, oversized clothes, scarves, gloves, long sleeves and boots — ‘Clothing that actually hides the body,’ she says.”

Read An Excerpt Of “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty” By Diane Keaton

Remembering Poet And American Icon Maya Angelou

Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” and other books. (@Isabelwilkerson)

LZ Granderson, contributor to CNN and senior writer for ESPN. (@Locs_n_Laughs)

CNN: How Maya Angelou gave me life – “The times when I saw the glass ceiling hovering over my career, suffocating my joy, turning my hard-fought acceptance of my truth into a self-loathing cage from which I saw no escape, Maya Angelou came to me and said she knew why I sing.”

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  • J__o__h__n

    Please ask her about directing an episode of Twin Peaks.

  • creaker

    It’s clear the issue here is the outside has gotten older, but the inside hasn’t. The person I’m listening to does not sound like she’s 68.

  • Birdwatcher1

    Diane, it is hard to fathom that you are getting older. You sound on the radio like a 25 year old(isn) and you are one of the most beautiful women in film today BECAUSE you are growing old magnificently! – Patty

  • Jon

    it’s not about top ten beautiful or topten ugly – it’s all about topten famous. it’s the saddest part of this popculture.

  • Jeff_in_Connecticut

    Love listening to Diane’s in the moment experience, discussing the intricacies of the microphone booth, getting to NPR an hour early. It seems like a really healthy way to approach the world.

  • Sara Donn

    Wow, this woman’s annoying.

    • creaker

      And you’re listening because?

      • Sara Donn

        One has to listen to determine if something is annoying. It’s just my nature to give someone a chance. I stopped listening after about 20 minutes.

        • creaker

          Fair enough – most people don’t bother to prior to pushing their opinions.

  • Human2013

    It’s grace, Diane. Pure and simple Grace. It seems the more grace an actress can exude, the better her chances of finding work. Judi Dench is the perfect example. She will likely work into her late 80s.

  • rosiepegueros

    I met DIane Keaton about twenty-two years ago for 30 seconds. I was going to a matinee in Santa Monica, and she was coming out of the movie, Mississippi Masala with Denzell Washington. She ran out of the theater, almost into me, and said, ” You HAVE to see this movie! It’s a great movie!” She was right. It was a great movie, but it was a pleasure to get that fleeting moment with the real Diane Keaton.

  • Human2013

    Oh, Maya.

  • Coastghost

    Too bad Diane Keaton was not employed as a news analyst back in 2007 and 2008: her stern assessment that Obama is two-faced I found refreshing, even though six or seven years too late.

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