Diane Keaton Found Intimacy Through Single Motherhood
I’ve always loved Diane Keaton for a multitude of reasons. Aside from starring in one of my favorite films and sporting her iconic tie and vest well into her 60s, the actress also became a single mother at 50 –despite being without a partner. But Diane wasn’t always so confident in her life or her choices, as the 65-year-old reveals in her memoir Then Again which went on sale today.
Aside from recounting her lengthy pre-kids life, including relationships with Al Pacino and Warren Beatty, Diane also shares her bout with bulimia which consumed her during her much publicized relationship with Woody Allen. The Annie Hall star recalls weaseling out of premiere events with her beau so she could binge and purge in her New York apartment. She writes that her five-year disease “outshone” her desire for Woody, as she carved out time to consume over 20,000 calories in food which eventually caused her an array of health problems.
She feels now that after “a lifetime of avoiding intimacy,” she has at last embraced it by becoming a mum.
“My old boyfriend, Warren Beatty, used to say I was a late developer,” she reflects. “He was right. It took me 50 years to find motherhood and unconditional love.”
While I personally wouldn’t equate older motherhood with being a “late developer,” Diane’s acceptance of herself through parenting reads like something she sorely needed.