The role is a departure for the defiantly inconspicuous — and eccentric — star. Ms. Keaton, 64, has after all spent the better part of a near 40-year film career playing an assortment of tentative, endearingly flighty characters, masking her allure beneath layers of cloth, her face and frame obscured by bowler hats, oversize jackets, calf-grazing skirts and gloves — to say nothing of the high-necked sweaters she has worn for years like talismans.
Her resolutely low-key manner, shared in varying degrees by some of her Hollywood contemporaries — Blythe Danner, Meryl Streep, Sissy Spacek and the late Jill Clayburgh come to mind — has certainly set her apart. Today scores of would-be divas coming into their own tend to flaunt on and off the screen what Ms. Keaton has always preferred to conceal.
More brass would have been required of her had she come up in the show-all, tell-all circus that is Hollywood today. “It seems like a large component of success now is the seduction of imagery,” she said. “You have to do everything to make a dent,” vamp for magazine covers, design a fashion line, show a lot of skin, Ms. Keaton said without the faintest hint of judgment.
Recently she came across a photograph of Kim Kardashian in W, clothed in nothing but a coat of silver paint. “My jaw dropped,” Ms. Keaton said admiringly. “I couldn’t get over that silver bottom.” Such brazen images are everywhere, she noted. “They’re in your face, and you have to accept that.”
Diane Keaton, a skin cancer survivor, talks sunscreen, beauty
Diane Keaton is standing in front of a floor-to-ceiling window, backlighted by Los Angeles’ late afternoon sun. Even appearing as just a shadowy silhouette blown out by the light, Keaton’s shape is an iconic one.
There are the distinct lines of a charcoal gray hat with a grosgrain band, small rectangular eyeglasses and a nipped-waist, men’s style coat that is well balanced with the full skirt and stiletto sandals that fall below it.
It’s classic Keaton — neatly tailored, a little eccentric, covered up and conservative in a kooky sort of way. Even her nails have the menswear-inspired look she has been known for since her Academy Award-winning turn as Annie Hall in 1977.
“Stickers!” the 69-year-old actress exclaims of the ivory and black houndstooth-check decals she has plastered to her neatly trimmed nails. Keaton prefers the nail stickers to polish for practical reasons: because they won’t chip.
Perhaps more important than sticking to the nail decals as a dedicated part of her beauty regimen, Keaton is adamant about wearing sunscreen. After being diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma at age 21 and more recently with squamous cell cancer, which was removed through two surgeries, Keaton is a vocal proponent of proper sun care. She has been a L’Oreal Paris spokeswoman since 2006 and counts the brand’s sunblock as something she is never found without.
“It’s a family history,” says Keaton of skin cancer. “I remember my Auntie Martha had skin cancer so bad they removed her nose. My father had basal skin cancer and my brother had it. It’s tricky with this skin cancer. That’s why you’ve got to put the sunblock on.”
She pauses to dig into the deep pocket of her full skirt and pulls out a small bottle of L’Oreal’s Silky Sheer Face Lotion with SPF 50.
“That’s what I do, I just keep it in my pocket,” she says, adding that she likes a lightweight silky formula and reapplies it a few times during the course of a day.
“Back in my 20s I didn’t pay attention much,” Keaton says of protecting her skin. “I didn’t research and didn’t really care and that was stupid because it’s dogged me my entire adult life, even recently. I didn’t start sun care until my 40s.”
She says that her ever-present hats also help protect her face from the sun, and she still has the area where the squamous cell cancer was removed checked often.
Besides her dedicated use of sunscreen, Keaton says that the rest of her beauty routine is quite simple. She has always been diligent about using a face cream day and night and swears by eyeliner and lipstick for her everyday makeup look.
“I like to accentuate the shape of my eyes,” she says, “They go down, and I like that they go down. It happens more as you get older. My dad had eyes like that. He’s passed on and I like to think we’re sharing the same eyes, that I’m taking his eyes with me.”
As for lipstick, Keaton would like to wear red, but says the shade doesn’t suit her coloring. Coral and warm rose-brown tones are more her speed.
But other than wearing sunscreen and avoiding red, this woman who has come to redefine traditional style and beauty ideals stays flexible.
“Beauty is like the word ‘love,’ it’s humongous, it encompasses everything,” she says. “I see it differently than I used to and it keeps changing and evolving, and that’s what beauty needs to do, it needs to keep changing and evolving because that’s how powerful it is. It’s important.”
Diane Keaton on career, family and clothes
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You wouldn’t think an accomplished actress such as Diane Keaton would have stage fright.
But when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for director Woody Allen, Keaton says she was absolutely terrified.
“I don’t go out in front of people a lot, although I have recently tried to expand my speaking skills,” she said. “I was standing onstage, and just 10 feet away, there was Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. It was frightening, but it was an honor to accept the award for Woody. He’s my dear friend, obviously.”
Keaton will get another chance to expand her speaking skills Thursday when she visits Houston for the Brilliant Lecture Series.
Known for playing free-spirited, independent and eccentric characters, Keaton also is an accomplished photographer, real estate developer and acknowledged Pinterest addict known for her signature menswear, turtlenecks and long gloves. In 1996, at the age of 50, Keaton adopted a daughter, Dexter, followed by son Duke. She’s never married.
Keaton talked with the Chronicle about her career, her gratitude to Allen and her mother, Dorothy Hall, and why she’ll never stop wearing turtlenecks.
Q: What are you most proud of in your career?
Conversation with Diane Keaton
Presented by: Brilliant Lecture Series
When: 7 p.m. Thursday brilliantlectures.org
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas
Conversation with Diane Keaton
Presented by: Brilliant Lecture Series
When: 7 p.m. Thursday brilliantlectures.org
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas
A: Because of Woody, I have had the opportunity to have a career I otherwise would not have had at all. (She starred in eight of his films.) That gave me all these other opportunities to employ myself and spend my time with my hobbies.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I really enjoy editing books. I have a lot of them now. I write forewords to other people’s books, and I love visual books. I wrote another book, “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty,” (Random House, available in April) which is based on my thoughts about beauty and what it is to be a woman. I’ve had the opportunity to do all the things I’ve wanted to do. To buy and sell homes, which I love. To be part of the preservation society for saving great architecture, particularly residential. All these things would have never ever happened without the opportunity to work with Woody. He gave me that.
Q: Is there anything you would change about your career path?
A: I might have taken more opportunities had I not been so snooty about it in the beginning.
Q: You were snooty?
A: I mean, I had a lot of opportunities I passed on after I did “Annie Hall.” (She won an Academy Award for her title role in Allen’s 1977 film.) I think I should have done more of them, but I wasn’t ready. Maybe if I had been a different person or had been in a different time in my life, I would have done things differently. But I did what I did. There’s no going back.
Q: You adopted your first child at age 50. How did motherhood change you?
A: When you live a life based simply on being you, it changes you a lot when you have to really spend time helping someone become an adult in the world, and caring for them and loving them. I would have preferred to have gotten on that train earlier, but I did what I did.
Q: Do you think you’re a better mother because you waited?
A: Being a late developer, it probably was better for me. I wasn’t really very mature in my 30s, but I had some interesting boyfriends. I’m not really very mature now. I’m better than I was. If I live to 120, maybe I’ll be better than I am now.
Q: When did you know you were somewhat mature?
A: When I realized that I wasn’t going to be married to any of those people (boyfriends), and I wasn’t going to have a life with them. Then my father died (in 1990). That made a big difference in my life. It changed things a lot. I was very happy being a daughter. I didn’t feel that responsibility (to get married). That’s partially why I developed so late.
Q: What did you learn from your mother?
A: I learned if you have a dream you should go for it. … My mother was the first person who said, “Try whatever you want, Diane.” She never made a judgment call. She never said, “Oh, maybe you shouldn’t pierce your ears.” When I was in high school in the 1960s, she was always at the forefront of leading me to try anything that I was interested in. She was my mentor and my first partner.
Q: What are you doing right now?
A: Like right now? You know what I’m doing? I’m cutting out pictures that I saved from magazines for Pinterest. I’m addicted to Pinterest.
Q: Really, why?
A: It’s the cyberspace world of visual imagery. I couldn’t be more in love with visual imagery. I did one book, “House” (Rizzoli, 2012), and I’m going to do another book about a house, basically, about the dream I have of the house I’m building. I’m going to present the dream in imagery, then I’m going to show the reality at the end. So right now, I throw images onto my desk, then I edit them and put them in notebooks to put on Pinterest. I’m such an addict. It’s soothing. It’s beautiful.
Q: You have a Pinterest account you post to yourself?
A: Of course! It’s under Diane Keaton
Q: OK, I’ll follow you.
A: Go for it! I’m in love with it, seriously.
Q: With so many celebrities in their 20s and 30s putting all their affairs out on social media, if you were that age now, would you do the same?
A: At the time when I was coming up in the 1970s, the whole mode of operating was that a little goes a long way. You don’t want to wear out your welcome. If you give away too much, you would become boring. I think there’s some truth to that. At the same time, we’re living in a completely different world. So if you’re a young actress now, you have to be in social media to be in the game. Some people handle it well. Some people don’t.
Q: You often play characters who are independent but vulnerable. What is it about these roles that attracts you?
Q: So a lot what we see on the big screen is who you really are?
A: I think so, but I think it’s true of most actors and actresses in film with the exception of those who have the extraordinary ability to transform themselves into other people, like Meryl Streep. She’s the definition of a great actor.
Q: You have been vocal about aging gracefully (sans plastic surgery). What’s the easiest and hardest thing about aging?
A: The easiest thing is you have no choice (to age), if you’re lucky. The hardest thing is you’re going to die. There are aspects of aging that are amazing, but we all look in the mirror every morning, and it’s hard sometimes. I think men struggle, just as much as women. It’s just that women are a little more vocal about it. But I think that’s changing.
Q: Why do you like wearing menswear clothing?
A: I’ve admired that look early on from the streets of New York in the 1970s. Women wearing pants and ties. A lot of people were doing that. It was Ralph Lauren in the early days. He was one of the first to do a pant suit for women and give her a tie. It’s not a new look. Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich both wore their suits and tuxes.
Q: Why do you like turtlenecks so much?
A: I just think it looks better to hide everything. Trust me, I’m right about this. You don’t want the arms flailing about when you’re past a certain age.
Q: How many turtlenecks do you own?
A: I have a lot of turtlenecks, obviously.
Q: Do you have a favorite brand?
A: Well, I’d actually love to start a line of turtlenecks. But who wants to do it with me? Thus far, nobody. I’m ready to brand out. Let’s get this going before it’s too late.
Diane Keaton Hairstyles – Effortlessly Elegant Haircuts
Diane Keaton has always impressed us with her extraordinary fashion choices and effortlessly elegant hairstyles. Sure there has been signs of Diane Keaton plastic surgery, but she’ll always be a role model for looking good. We invite, especially any woman over 50 and over 60, to see of some of the best Diane Keaton hairstyles ever:
The best thing about Diane is that she very well knows how to pull off a casually glamorous look with her hairdos. As she entered her 50s, she changed her hairstyle to a piece-y do. She prefers tousles and always keeps them in highlights or lowlights to create a sun kissed effect. It not only creates volume but also gives an effortlessly chic impression.
Diane’s second favorite is an edgy bright blonde where she prefers side swept bangs and saucy short bob haircuts. Diane has also been a shoulder length bob lover but she always keeps it simple. She mostly straightens her hair and shines them with a serum. At times, she tries to style her bob into some flirty tresses but she does so with a layered bob haircut.
Flipped out layers compliment her oblong face and she mostly dyes her hair in two tones because the streaks create brightness. When she visits press conferences or formal events where she has to dress more sober and less glamorous, she prefers a casually styled bob with spiky layers. She also compliments her casual hairdos with sophisticated accessories in order to maintain the glam of her personality.
Diane Keaton haircut has taken her blonde bob to new heights by adding thick highlights or low streaks. She is brave enough to experiment with different hair color effects. Her favorite hair-styling method is blow out but she tries other methods as well. With deeply side swept bangs, she likes to tease her layers a bit as it creates an unforced graceful look.
Diane Keaton hairstyles give us a style tip that when you want to draw attention towards your makeover, jewelry, or glasses, you should keep your hairdo as simple as possible.
Another popular Diane hairstyle is her ‘derby darling do’ where she enjoys the satirical advantages of a hat. On many different occasions, she wears a great hat on the top of her bob or shoulder length hair and inspires us because hat hairstyles are very wind friendly. Here is a glimpse of some of Keaton’s old hair do pictures:
source: AP Photo/Carlos Rene Perez
In most of these pictures, she has a shoulder length hairdo and she has center parted her hair and straightened them right from the roots. At some places, she has curled her hair but started the curls along her temples. This is why because in 70s and 80s, mostly people began curls below the ears and for longer hair, below the shoulders. She also boasts dramatic retro waves in some pictures as we all know that retro was in huge demand in those days.
The Diane Keaton hairstyles pictures given below have varied hairdos, half up, and full updos:
In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, you write a lot about having your dad’s eyes and having a penchant for kohl liner in your twenties.
I still like to dark them up because it makes them pop more. Collier Strong does my makeup for work. My daughter Dexter likes to add color; she does it really well. And she has really nice lashes. I have no lashes. It’s like I got nothing in the hair department.
But your hair looks amazing. It’s the perfect shade of silver.
Yeah, forget it, it’s over for the hair color. I’ve colored my hair forever. I remember when I discovered highlights, I think it was like around Baby Boom when Nancy Meyers suggested that I have highlights. I remember thinking, Oh this is wonderful, you can make it a little lighter, and then the darkness sort of punches it up and that too enhances your face. So after that it was just a series of different highlights and then bleaching, but my hair could never take bleaching well. I don’t have anything in it right now.
So it’s your natural color?
Today, because I’m doing this, Rebekah Forecast put a little bit of extensions under there. But this is my hair color.
Was there an awkward transition stage when you were growing it out?
Oh yeah, there was. But I did a couple of films and the hairstylist Fríða Aradóttir, who does my hair a lot, put in extensions for those movies, so it kind of transitioned pretty good while I was working. But it didn’t look so great when I wasn’t. But I like it now. I think light is better when you’re older. Let it be.
I also can’t help notice your Prince of Wales check manicure.
Sally Hansen. It’s the stickers. They’re so easy because they go on fast! I have them on my toes too. It’s fantastic because I can’t take it when they paint your toes; you’re sitting there for hours. So this is the best thing. I do it myself or when I’m going to an event, I go to Lisa Jachno in L.A. or Gina Eppolito in New York.
Do you think there’s an age at which you learn to accept the way you look?
No. I don’t think so. I think the more distracted you are, the better you’re off in terms of looking at yourself. No, I don’t think it gets better at all! How is that possible?
That’s not the answer I was hoping for.
I know. But it gets better in other ways you didn’t expect—like trees. The other day I was looking at trees, and all my life I’ve said I never like sycamores. Well, guess what, I love sycamores now. I love looking at them! All these things are reawakened by the fact that the more you change, the more you see differently. And the more you see differently, the more you’re open to different kinds of beauty. I think the more we embrace what our own feelings about beauty are, the more fun it’s going to be for us as we go along.