In 1977, 'Annie Hall' made Diane Keaton a household name -- as well as an Oscar winner and a major fashion trendsetter. Now, 33 years later, at age 64, she's as in demand and as kookily lovable as ever.
Her new movie, 'Morning Glory,' which opens today, teams her with Harrison Ford as a pair of battling morning TV anchors. It's no surprise to see a male superstar like Ford still going strong, but Keaton's one of the rare comedic actresses who's sailed easily into her 60s.
Check out a funny clip featuring Ford and Keaton from the film, and then keep reading for more of our tribute to the comic genius of Diane Keaton.
Most actresses known for romantic comedies seem to be tagged by Hollywood with an expiration date (sorry, Meg Ryan). But Diane Keaton has never gone out of style.
Keaton isn't the only busy leading actress who's over 60 -- Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren only seem to get better and more respected every year. But she is alone among her peers for being primarily involved in romantic comedies. Mirren's closest recent role to a rom-com would be her turn in the action comedy 'Red,' and while Streep charmed us in 'It's Complicated' and 'Mamma Mia,' most people still think of her as a dramatic actress first and foremost.
Like Streep and Mirren, Keaton was once better known for starring in 'The Godfather' than 'Father of the Bride.' She's always had the acting chops to share the screen with heavyweights like Al Pacino, Warren Beatty (in 'Reds') and Albert Finney (in 'Shoot the Moon'), but there's something so endearing about Keaton herself that her most popular roles seem to be those closest to her own personality. Take 'Annie Hall,' which Woody Allen wrote just for her: That quirky personality is why we love her in comedies, just as we love that she wore a tuxedo, not a gown, to the 2003 Oscars.
Other actresses have been Oscar-nominated for their roles in romantic comedies, like Julia Roberts was for 'Pretty Woman.' But who else pulled off that feat at age 58, as Keaton did for 'Something's Gotta Give' in 2004? And when Roberts and other rom-com specialists like Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon finally won their Oscars, it was for serious, based-on-a-true-story roles.
Keaton has been nominated for serious roles ('Marvin's Room,' 'Reds') but her win for 'Annie Hall' cemented her as cinema's favorite funny leading lady, a title she seems unlikely to relinquish anytime soon.
I Will, I Will For Now (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)
Baby Boom (1987)
Father of the Bride (1991)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Father of the Bride II (1995)
The First Wives Club (1996)
Town and Country (2001)
Something's Gotta Give (2004)
Because I Said So (2006)
Mama's Boy (2007)
Morning Glory (2010)