dr martens slip on Diane Keaton reads from new memoir at Princeton Healthcare fundraiser
WEST WINDSOR Oscar winner Diane Keaton, perhaps best known as the quirky heroine of Woody Allen Hall, charmed a sold out fundraiser for the Princeton HealthCare System at the Hyatt Regency tonight with very human confessions about aging that actresses of her caliber seldom make.
Dressed in what has become her signature look a white turtleneck, wide leather belt, black and white houndstooth wool suit with ankle pants revealing black Dr. Martens boots she swooped into the audience of an estimated 1,000, first to read from her new memoir, Just Say It Wasn Pretty and then to answer questions from the predominantly female audience.
Running up from the back of the large conference room to its stage, she certainly didn look like the 68 year old, never married, self professed never surgically altered star. But her book, like the is Gold chapter from which she read, is all about accepting what comes with aging in what she calls the of her life.
Wishing she could ask her contemporaries how they cope with aging, Keaton read, they wake up every morning and, like me, look in the mirror with a big sigh? Do they ask themselves what old age is for? . . . No one wants to be called doddering or past their prime , or long in the tooth. No one wants to be reminded they no spring chicken. No one wants to be a dilapidated, broken down, beat up, out of date, cast off, worn out, stale example of a human being. We worked hard to become who we are. peppered her appearance with asides and jokes from her life such as asking for a train ticket and being given one for a senior citizen or envying actor Michael Douglas for not dying his hair one silver fox. memoir is filled with candid assessments of Keaton life, from the admission that she often wears hats because she is losing her hair to the fact that her somewhat eccentric style of dress is inspired by Cary Grant style menswear designs in black, white and gray. The mother of two adopted children, Dexter and Duke, she also states that she will never marry.
In between starring roles in such films as and Godfather trilogy, Keaton integrated romances with co stars Al Pacino, Warren Beatty and Woody Allen. There were others, but, in her book, Keaton singles out Pacino as the one who got away.
She writes: face, his nose and what about those eyes? I kept trying to figure out what I could do to make them mine, she writes. never were. That was the lure of Al. He was never mine. For the next 20 years I kept losing a man I never had. her audience tonight, Keaton shared a letter she wrote to Jack Nicholson, a longtime friend who had done her a favor. In an almost poetic way, she told him would she his back no matter what. As she read the passage, no one in the audience stirred.