When we talk about the classics, especially the golden era of Hollywood, there are a few names that always come to mind, and one of those is Diane Keaton. She has been around for a while now, and it isn’t just because of her age. Keaton is one of the most famous, experienced, and versatile actresses that Hollywood and its audience have ever had the pleasure of seeing on their screen. Keaton continues her streak of brilliant work even in 2023, with movies like Book Club: The Next Chapter and Maybe I do.
We hope that we continue seeing her on our screens, big or small, for years to come. Here’s a brief history of Diane Keaton and everything you need to know about her, from her net worth to her biography and much more:
Diane Keaton’s Net Worth
As of 2022, Diane Keaton has an estimated net worth of $100 million. Her acting career spans almost six decades, so there is no question where she made the majority of her wealth. However, she has a hobby and almost a side gig of “flipping” homes. Particularly in the last twenty years, Keaton has made a habit of buying older homes, usually with some historical significance, in the Hollywood area and renovating or restoring them to their original glory.
Once complete, she sells the homes for a considerable profit. On more than one occasion, she has sold homes to fellow celebrities. Madonna once bought a home from her for about $6 million, and television screenwriter and producer Ryan Murphy paid $10 million for a 100-year-old mansion she restored in Beverly Hills.
Diane Keaton’s Biography
Diane Hall was born in Los Angeles, California, on January 5, 1945. While attending Santa Ana High School, she was involved in singing and acting clubs and starred in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche DuBois. She graduated in 1964 and enrolled in Santa Ana College before transferring to Orange Coast College. She studied acting before dropping out and moving to New York City to pursue an acting career.
Keaton adopted her mother’s maiden name as her stage name when she joined the Actors’ Equity Association, America’s Union for stage actors since there was already an actress registered under the name of Diane Hall. She studied the Meisner technique of acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. She became a member of the original Broadway production of the musical Hair in 1968 and remained with the production for nine months. She was cast in Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam, and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Next, she made her film debut in Lovers and Other Strangers. Her breakout role came in 1972 when she was cast as Kay Adams, the girlfriend of Michael Corleone, in The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Keaton reprised her role in The Godfather, Part II, and The Godfather, Part III.
Diane Keaton Early Life
Keaton went on to star in a number of Woody Allen films throughout the 1970s, including Sleeper, Love and Death, Interiors, Manhattan, and the film adaptation of Play It Again, Sam. For one of her most famous roles, the title role of Annie Hall, Keaton won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1977. The character is believed to be based on Keaton herself, and the film is thought to be a semi-autobiographical account of Allen’s relationship with Keaton. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Diane Keaton Career
Later in 1977, Keaton portrayed San Francisco schoolteacher Theresa Dunn in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. The film was based on the novel of the same name, which was inspired by the real-life 1973 murder of Roseann Quinn in New York City. Theresa teaches at a Catholic school for deaf children by day and experiments with her sexuality by night, frequenting bars where she does drugs and has sex with strangers. The film also stars Richard Gere and LeVar Burton and was a clear departure from her usual comedic roles.
Keaton spent the 1970s pursuing other hobbies, as well. Growing up, she wanted to be a singer, and she spent her early years in New York City moonlighting as a nightclub singer. She is featured on the 1971 original cast recording of Hair, and she even began recording songs for a solo album in 1977, but nothing ever became of them. Another favorite hobby of hers is still photography, which she picked up from her mom. Rolling Stone published a collection of her photos, and the collection, Reservations, was later published in book form in 1980. The collection features photos of the interiors of abandoned hotels.
Then-partner Warren Beatty cast Keaton in the historical drama Reds, which was released in 1981. He co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the film, in which the two portray journalists who enter Russia to chronicle its Civil War. Keaton was highly praised for her performance and earned her second Academy Award nomination for the role.
The following year, she starred in Shoot the Moon alongside Albert Finney. The two portray a wife and husband who tear their family apart as their marriage fails. Critics praised Keaton’s performance, and she received her second Golden Globe nomination in a row for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
A favorite comedic performance of Keaton’s is in 1987’s Baby Boom, in which a career woman is suddenly forced to care for a toddler. In the same year, Keaton forayed into directing. Her first feature film, Heaven, was a documentary about the possibility of an afterlife. She also directed several music videos, including “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle. Additionally, she directed two television films and episodes of two television series.
In the 1990s, Keaton began to transition to more mature roles. She starred alongside comedian Steve Martin in Father of the Bride in 1981, also reprising her role in the sequel four years later. Her most successful film of the 90s, and one of her most well-known, is The First Wives Club, co-starring Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn. The three women were the “first wives” of their ex-husbands, all of whom left them to be with younger women. In 1996, she earned her third Academy Award nomination for her performance as Bessie in Marvin’s Room, opposite Meryl Streep as her estranged sister and Leonardo DiCaprio as her nephew.
The early 2000s were fraught with failure upon failure for Keaton, to the point where she starred in four low-budget, made-for-television films. But in 2003, she and co-star Jack Nicholson had a major success with the romantic comedy Something’s Gotta Give, in which Keaton’s character falls in love with her daughter’s much older boyfriend. The film almost wasn’t made because the original studio, 20th Century Fox, thought the leads were too old to be bankable in a romantic comedy. The film grossed over $125 million, and Keaton received her fourth Academy Award nomination for her performance in it.
Unfortunately, the 2010s saw more failures for Keaton, with almost all of her films tanking at the box office. But in 2016, she voiced Dory’s mother in Finding Dory, the Disney/Pixar sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo. As was to be expected, the film was highly successful and grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Also in 2016, she portrayed a nun in HBO’s The Young Pope, an eight-part miniseries in which she played a nun who raised the newly-elected pope, portrayed by Jude Law. It became the first Italian television series to be nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards.
Diane Keaton’s Dating History
Keaton’s first relationship of intrigue was with the director, writer, and actor Woody Allen. Their relationship began while she was performing in his 1969 Broadway production of Play It Again, Sam. They worked together on eight films between 1971 and 1993. Their romantic relationship ended around 1972, and Keaton said she remains close friends with him, despite the sexual abuse and pedophilia allegations against him.
She dated her Godfather co-star, Al Pacino, on and off again from around 1972 through 1991, around the time when filming concluded for The Godfather, Part III. Keaton began dating director and former co-star, Warren Beatty, around 1978. Their relationship only lasted about two years, but they remain friends to this day.
Keaton also has been linked to actor Keanu Reeves. Interestingly, she also briefly dated Steve Jobs before his success with Apple.
To our knowledge, Keaton is currently single and has been for quite some time. In July 2001, Keaton said, “I don’t think that because I’m not married it’s made my life any less. That old maid myth is garbage.”
Diane Keaton Family
As far as we know, Diane Keaton is the only child of Dorothy Deanne (née Keaton) and John Newton Ignatius “Jack” Hall. Her mom was a homemaker and amateur photographer while her father was a civil engineer and real estate broker. Keaton is not married, but she did decide to adopt children on her own at the age of 50. She has two children, Dexter and Duke. Her daughter Dexter was born in 1995, and Keaton adopted her less than a year later in 1996. Dexter seems to keep her life pretty private, but we do know she recently got married in 2021! Keaton adopted her son Duke in 2001, shortly after he was born.
There truly is a lot more to Diane Keaton and we tried to cover as much as possible about this legendary actress. It will be exciting to see performances in 2023, whether she plays the role of mother, grandmother, or lover, she’s surely going to be exceptional.