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Diane Keaton: Future Is Ripe

From "The Godfather" trilogy to "Annie Hall" to "The First Wives Club," Oscar winner Diane Keaton has starred in many of the iconic films of the last 30 years.

Her latest project, "Something's Gotta Give," has Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves romantically pursuing her character.

Full of laughter and flirtation, Keaton tells co-anchor Harry Smith that working with Nicholson and Reeves was a lot of fun.

"It was the most wonderful experience professionally I've had in so long. I mean, imagine. Imagine having the opportunity to fall in love and have men really love you back. It's all in the writing. And it's not real life, so sweet."

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And she notes, "Nancy Meyers ('Father of the Bride,''The Parent Trap,''I Love Trouble,' 'Private Benjamin'), the director, is a great comic writer."

What is interesting is that Keaton decides to bare it all in this film, having been the one to keep her clothes on decades ago when she did the ground-breaking "Hair."

So why now?

Keaton says, "I thought it was in the service of a fantastic joke, number one. And then, number two: I thought that it made the movie more authentic. Because intimacy is so delicate and I also think, hey, you know, I'm 57. I have a body, what's the problem? It still works."

Keaton's character advises her daughter, played by Amanda Pete, to let go and let herself love people. Asked if she believes in that, Keaton says, "Totally completely. And I don't think it's over. I think for women who are in their 30s, I think they should know the future is ripe."

Some Facts About Diane Keaton

  • Diane Hall was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 5, 1946.
  • In 1968, Keaton made her Broadway debut in "Hair," becoming known as the girl who would not remove her clothes in the Act 1 finale.
  • In 1969, Keaton acted opposite Woody Allen in the Broadway production of Allen's "Play It Again, Sam" and received a Tony nomination as featured actress in a play.
  • In 1970, the actress made her film acting debut in "Lovers and Other Strangers."
  • In 1971, Keaton starred opposite Allen in the writer-director's "lost" 25-minute short "Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story." The film was shelved by PBS in 1972 due to its subject matter (film purported Wallinger was the man behind Richard Nixon); the short movie was discovered in 1997 at WNET in New York City.
  • In 1972, Keaton had her first feature opposite Allen, reprising her stage role in "Play It Again, Sam." Also that year, the actress played the wife of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather."
  • In 1973, Keaton co-starred opposite Woody Allen (who also wrote and directed the film) in the futuristic comedy "Sleeper."
  • In 1974, Keaton reprised role of Kay Corleone in "The Godfather, Part II."

    In 1975, the actress reunited with Allen for "Love and Death," a spoof of Russian literature that owed more than a passing debt to "War and Peace."

  • In 1977, Keaton earned a Best Actress Oscar as "Annie Hall."
  • In 1978, Keaton starred in Allen's "Interiors," the writer-director's first screen drama.
  • In 1979, the actress starred in "Manhattan."
  • In 1981, Keaton portrayed Louise Bryant to Warren Beatty's John Reed in Beatty's epic "Reds" and garnered a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
  • In 1982, Keaton acted opposite Albert Finney in Alan Parker's "Shoot the Moon," portraying a wife in a collapsing marriage. She also directed the short film "What Does Dorrie Want?"
  • In 1984, Keaton played the role of a warden's wife who falls in love with one of the inmates (Mel Gibson) in Gillian Armstrong's period drama "Mrs. Soffel." She directed the music videos for Belinda Carlisle's recordings of "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and "I Get Weak."
  • In 1986, she teamed with Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek as three equally off-center Southern sisters in Bruce Beresford's "Crimes of the Heart."
  • In 1987, Keaton starred in "Baby Boom"; she made her documentary feature directing debut, "Heaven"; appeared in a cameo role (as a nightclub singer) in Allen's "Radio Days."
  • In 1989, Keaton teamed with Steve Martin for Shyer's "Father of the Bride."
  • In 1990, Keaton re-teamed with Coppola to once again play Kay Corleone in "The Godfather, Part III." Keaton made her television directorial debut with "The Girl With the Crazy Brother," which starred Patricia Arquette.
  • In 1991, Keaton directed an episode of ABC's quirky serial "Twin Peaks"; and directed her first feature-length television-movie, "Wildflower."
  • In 1992, Keaton made her television-movie acting debut in HBO's "Running Mates," playing a journalist who falls in love with a presidential candidate.
  • In 1993, Keaton replaced Mia Farrow as the leading lady in Woody Allen's "Manhattan Murder Mystery."
  • In 1994, Keaton starred as the aviatrix in the TNT biopic "Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight"; earned an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special.
  • In 1995, Keaton had a part in "Father of the Bride Part II"; she had her feature directorial debut for her "Unstrung Heroes," which starred Andie MacDowell.
  • In 1996, Keaton earned third Best Actress Oscar nomination for "Marvin's Room", co-starring Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio. She scored a big hit in Hugh Wilson's "The First Wives Club," co-starring with Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler.
  • In 1997, Keaton starred in "The Only Thrill"; she also served as executive producer and star of The Disney Channel movie "Northern Lights."
  • In 1999, Keaton portrayed Juliette Lewis' mother in "The Other Sister."
  • In 2000, Keaton directed "Hanging Up."
  • In 2001, the actress was cast as Warren Beatty's wife in "Town and Country"; Keaton had the title role in the Showtime adaptation of Christopher Durang's hit play "Sister Mary Explains It All"; also was an executive producer and directed the pilot for the fall Fox primetime serial "Pasadena."
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