Diane Keaton And Woody Allen Had A Long And Pretty Strange Relationship
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen have played the part of love interests in several romantic dramas like Play It Again and Annie Hall. Their on-screen personas suggest a very intense bond that goes beyond the screen an into real life.
The pair did have a relationship aside from work. But in many ways, it was far from the fantasy they presented on television. Diane and Woody struggled with self-doubt and were extremely co-dependent. Woody saw a muse in Diane, and she continued to be a major inspiration for his work for years to come.
They first met in 1968. Diane was just done with a nine-month-long engagement with the musical Hair. Woody was on the lookout for a female to play the lead in Play It Again, a new show he was producing on Broadway.
Looking back, Diane shared her first impression of the eclectic actor and director with Los Angeles Times in 1974.
Woody had to come up on the stage and walk round and round with me, since one of the major concerns was to see whether or not I would be too tall for him. I was absolutely astonished to find that Woody was more frightened of me than I was of him.
Diane confessed she already had a soft spot for Woody. He was already a famous face on television and had lots of fans, including Diane and members of her family. They would all sit around the TV just to catch a glimpse of the geeky but dashing Woody on Johnny Carson.
However, Woody was really not impressed with Diane. He even passed her over as being "blank" and a "coat check girl". However, following the performance, Woody eventually warmed up to Diane and the two began dating.
Diane says Woody was a big influence on her life, work ethic, and career. She spent a lot of time talking about how great he was to her. For Woody, being in a relationship with Diane provided a new perspective on the craft of television, especially from the woman’s perspective.
I became interested in her and interested in her sisters and her mother as people," he continued. "I felt I had a lot to learn from her. So I started to try and write things that gave her an opportunity to get out and do her thing.
Even after their breakup, the two continued to work together making outstanding films.
Diane never got married
After breaking up with Woody, Diane returned to the dating scene. By 1979, she was in a relationship with Warren Beatty. The experience was pleasant, but Diane was unfamiliar with the attention press paid celebrities, and she constantly refrained from indulging cameramen.
She also dated Al Pacino, but the relationship was far from steady. None of her relationships ended in marriage. In 2011, she had this to say about being unmarried.
I don't think that because I'm not married it's made my life any less. That old maid myth is garbage.
Even now, she confesses that she hoped Woody would be the man of her dreams. But that dream never materialized. She told More magazine.
I told myself I wanted to … but I didn't really want a man that I could have … I wanted the dream. I have a list of all the men I've kissed. The only one I've missed, really, is Matthew McConaughey.
Woody started a relationship with Mia Farrow in 1979. But their relationship ended in 1992 when Woody came out about having an affair with Soon-Yi, the adopted daughter of Mia. By 1997, the couple was married.
They are still good friends
In 2017, Woody was at the AFI Gala. He presented Diane with American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in Hollywood.
Here, Woody is pictured in 1996 with Diane, Goldie Hawn, and Soon Yi.
Despite the tensions that remain as Woody faces sexual assault allegations, Diane has remained steadfast in her commitment to stand by Woody.
I'm Woody's friend and I've been Woody's friend for 45 years and nothing's going to change that.
Woody Allen is my friend and I continue to believe him. It might be of interest to take a look at the 60 Minute interview from 1992 and see what you think. https://t.co/QVQIUxImB1
— Diane Keaton (@Diane_Keaton) January 29, 2018
Diane and Woody played side by side in a total of 8 films, the last being Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).