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Monday, January 5, 2015

69 Groovy Things about Diane Keaton on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Diane Keaton's 68th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Diane Hall was born on January 5, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. She changed her surname to Keaton - her mother's maiden name - when she joined the Actors' Equity Association as there wss already an actress named Diane Hall registered.

2. She starred as Blanche DuBois in a high school production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

3. She attended Santa Ana College, where she played "Carrie Pepperidge" in Carousel in 1964, and later Orange Coast College, where she played "Rose Alvarez" in Bye Bye Birdie and "Maria" in The Sound of Music.

4. She became a "Member of the Tribe" and understudy to "Sheila" in the original 1968 Broadway production of the musical, Hair - but she refused to disrobe at the end of Act 1 when the cast performed nude.

5. She received a 1969 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Woody Allen's play, Play It Again, Sam.

6. She made her film debut in the 1970 comedy, Lovers and Other Strangers, as Bea Arthur's daughter-in-law.

7. She appeared in an Hour After Hour deodorant commercial in 1970.

8. She appeared in an episode of the ABC series, Love, American Style, on November 27, 1970.

9. She played a nurse in an episode of the NBC series, Night Gallery, on December 23, 1970.

10. She played a ditsy heiress in an episode of the CBS series, Mannix, on February 27, 1971.

11. In 1971, she and Louise Lasser appeared in Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, a short film directed by Woody Allen. This satirization of the Richard Nixon administration was scheduled to appear on PBS in February 1972, but PBS then decided not to air it for fear of losing its government support.

12. She was cast in her breakthrough role as Kay Adams, the girlfriend and eventual wife of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in Francis Ford Coppola's Academy Award-winning 1972 film, The Godfather.

13. She reprised her Broadway role in the 1972 film version of Play It Again, Sam.

14. She appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1972 and 1973.

15. She starred opposite Woody Allen in his 1973 film, Sleeper.

16. She reprised her role as Kay Adams in the 1974 film, The Godfather Part II.

17. She starred opposite Woody Allen in his 1975 comedy, Love and Death.

18. In February 1976, she returned to the stage in Israel Horovitz's The Primary English Class at Circle in the Square Downtown.

19. She starred opposite Elliott Gould in the 1976 comedy, I Will, I Will...For Now.

20. She appeared in the 1976 film, Harry and Walter Go to New York, with James Caan, Elliott Gould and Michael Caine.

21. She received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance in Woody Allen's 1977 romantic comedy, Annie Hall. She also became a fashion icon for her wardrobe of vintage men's clothing in the film.

22. She appeared on the cover of Time magazine on September 26, 1977, and in a story ("Love, Death and La - De - Dah") that dubbed her "the funniest woman now working in films."

23. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance in the 1977 film, Looking for Mr. Goodbar.

24. She played Geraldine Page's daughter in Woody Allen's 1978 drama, Interiors.

25. She starred in Woody Allen's 1979 film, Manhattan, with Meryl Streep and Mariel Hemingway.

26. Reservations, her collection of photos of hotel interiors, was published in book form in 1980.

27. She received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress - as well as a Golden Globe nomination - for her performance in Warren Beatty's 1981 film, Reds.

28. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance in the 1982 drama, Shoot the Moon.

29. She starred in the 1984 film, The Little Drummer Girl.

30. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance in the 1984 drama, Mrs. Soffel.

31. She starred in the 1986 film, Crimes of the Heart, with Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek.

32. She made a cameo as a nightclub singer in Woody Allen's 1987 film, Radio Days.

33. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for her performance in the 1987 film, Baby Boom.

34. In 1987, she directed her first feature film, Heaven, a documentary about the possibility of an afterlife.

35. She directed two music videos for Belinda Carlisle - 1987's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and 1988's "I Get Weak".

36. She starred in the 1988 drama, The Good Mother, with Liam Neeson.

37. She received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing - Special Class for The Girl with the Crazy Brother, a 1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special starring Patricia Arquette.

38. She starred in the 1990 film, The Lemon Sisters, with Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody.

39. She reprised her role of Kay Adams in the 1990 film, The Godfather Part III.

40. She directed a Season 2 episode of the ABC series, Twin Peaks, which aired on February 9, 1991.

41. She and Steve Martin starred in the 1991 comedy, Father of the Bride, and the 1995 sequel, Father of the Bride Part II.

42. She directed the 1991 TV movie, Wildflower, starring Beau Bridges, Reese Witherspoon and Patricia Arquette.

43. She and Ed Harris starred in the 1992 HBO film, Running Mates.

44. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for her performance in Woody Allen's 1993 comedy, Manhattan Murder Mystery.

45. She received a Primetime Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for the 1994 TNT film, Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight.

46. She directed the 1995 feature film, Unstrung Heroes, starring Andie MacDowell and John Turturro.

47. She starred in the 1996 comedy, The First Wives Club, with Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler.

48. She received her third Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 1996 drama, Marvin's Room.

49. She starred in the 1997 film, The Only Thrill, with Sam Shepard and Diane Lane.

50. She starred in the 1999 romantic comedy, The Other Sister, with Juliette Lewis.

51. She directed and starred in the 2000 film, Hanging Up, featuring Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow and Walter Matthau.

52. She starred in the 2001 film, Town & Country, with Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn.

53. She played a fanatical nun in the 2001 Showtime film, Sister Mary Explains It All, written by Christopher Durang.

54. She was an executive producer of the 2001 Fox series, Pasadena, starring Dana Delany.

55. She received her fourth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 2003 romantic comedy, Something's Gotta Give. She also won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical.

56. She played the matriarch of a large New England family in the 2005 film, The Family Stone.

57. She starred in the 2006 CBS movie, Surrender, Dorothy, with Tom Everett Scott and Chris Pine.

58. She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on March 3, 2006.

59. She starred in the 2008 comedy, Mad Money, with Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes.

60. She starred in the 2010 comedy, Morning Glory, with Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams.

61. She played a powerful Hollywood journalist in the 2011 HBO pilot, Tilda.

62. She wrote her first memoir, Then Again, which was published by Random House in November 2011.

63. She and Kevin Kline starred in the 2012 drama, Darling Companion.

64. She starred in the 2013 comedy, The Big Wedding, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon.

65. Her book about beauty and aging, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty, was published by Random House in April 2014,

66. She played a game of beer pong on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on April 29, 2014.

67. She and Michael Douglas starred in Rob Reiner's 2014 romantic comedy, And So It Goes.

68. She and Morgan Freeman play a married couple in the film, 5 Flights Up, which will have a limited release on May 8, 2015.

69. She will provide the voice for Dory's mother in Finding Dory, the 2016 sequel to the 2003 film, film Finding Nemo.

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