Diane Keaton

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Diane Keaton talks about her memoir, "Then Again," and affectionately remembers her mother. (7:28)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT ACADEMY

AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS.

HER NEW MEMOIR IS CALLED "THEN

AGAIN."

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM

DIANE KEATON.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

I'M VERY PLEASED.

SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M OKAY.

HOW ARE YOU, JON?

>> Jon: WE HAVEN'T SEEN

EACH OTHER IN SO--

>> I KNOW, I KNOW.

>> Jon: WE WERE COSTARS.

>> "FIRST WIVES."

>> Jon: THEY LEFT WHAT DID

YOU IN THE MOVIE--

>> YOU'RE CUTE.

OKAY, I'M SORRY.

GO ON.

>> Jon: IT'S THE MAKEUP.

AND IF I WERE TO TAKE--

>> THAT'S SO NOT TRUE.

>> Jon: IT'S THE MAKEUP AND

LIGHTING AND SUIT.

CAN I TELL SOMETHING-- PEOPLE

MEET ME ON THE STREET AND I'M

DRESSED NORMALLY AND I DON'T

HAVE MY MAKEUP ON AND THEIR

FIRST RESPONSE IS ALWAYS THERE,

"ARE YOU OKAY?"

( LAUGHTER )

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT TAKES.

>> YOU'RE SUCH A LIEAR.

>> Jon: TO HEALTHY ME UP.

I ACTUALLY TAKE TRANSFUSIONS OF

KEITH RICHARDS' BLOOD.

HOW TERRIBLE THAT-- LET ME SHOW

YOU THIS.

THIS IS THE BOOK "THEN AGAIN."

I WAS EXPECTING AND I WAS ALL

SET FOR A VERY SUPERFICIAL, SHOW

BUSINESS ANEC DOTES.

A FAMOUS ACTRESS HAS WRITTEN A

BIOGRAPHY.

THIS IS A BEAUTIFULRY WRITTEN,

DEEPLY PERSONAL, VERY WELL

OBSERVED, IN SOME WAYS LOVE

LETTER TO YOUR MOTHER, BUT ALSO

ABOUT YOUR FAMILY-- IT REALLY IS

A WONDERFUL BOOK.

WHO WROTE THIS?

( LAUGHTER )

>> YOU'RE KILLING ME.

WELL, I WROTE IT.

AND THAT-- I WAS THE PERSON WHO

WROTE THE BOOK.

I'M DIANE KEATON.

IT SAYS THAT THERE.

>> Jon: WHAT?

OH, FOR GOD'S SAKES.

>> I DID WRITE IT.

>> Jon: IT REALLY IS.

IS IT HARD TO REVISIT-- YOU

KNOW, YOUR MOTHER WAS A VERY

COMPLICATED, ARTISTIC, TALENTED

WOMAN, BUT SHE KEPT THESE

DIARIES.

>> RIGHT 85, 85 JOURNALS.

AND I NEVER READ THEM IN THE

COURSE OF HER LIFETIME BECAUSE,

OF COURSE, MY MOTHER WAS SO--

SHE WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL

WOMAN.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR MOM?

>> Jon: SHE'S OKAY.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> DOROTHY, DEAR DOROTHY --

>> Stephen: MY MOTHER'S VERY

NICE.

SHE'S WONDERFUL.

>> Stephen:

>> SHE WAS A FANTASTICALLY

ACTIVE LISTENER SO THAT MEANT I

GOT A LOT OF ATTENTION.

>> Jon: FOUR KIDS, THOUGH,

FOUR KIDS.

>> OH, YEAH, FOUR.

I WAS THE FIRST OF FOUR.

BUT SHE WAS JUST AN ASTONISHING

HUMAN BEING.

AND I DON'T KNOW, TO ME, THOSE

85 JOURNALS, I DIDN'T REALLY

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT HER.

I WANTED HER TO CONCENTRATE ON

ME.

>> Jon: SURE.

>> DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

I WAS THE DAUGHTER WHO JUST

CHERISHED EVERYTHING THAT SHE

HAD TO GIVE ME.

I WASN'T THE DAUGHTER WHO I

SHOULD HAVE BEEN, OF COURSE,

WHICH WAS TO ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND

WHO MY MOTHER WAS AS A HUMAN

BEING SEPARATE FROM ME.

GET IT?

SO IT TOOK A LONG TIME FOR ME TO

GROW UP.

>> Jon: DID SHE EVER SAY

ANYTHING LIKE THAT TO YOU?

>> NO, BECAUSE SHE KEPT TO

HERSELF.

I THINK THAT HER RELEASE AND HER

CATHARTIC EXPERIENCE IN LIFE WAS

TO WRITE THESE JOURNALS.

AND SO FINALLY, I BEGAN TO READ

HER JOURNALS, AND BASICALLY,

THIS BOOK IS USING HER JOURNALS

WITH MY WORDS AND JUXTAPOSING

OUR LIVES TOGETHER, AND IN SOME

WAY I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, MY

WISH IN LIFE WAS, OBVIOUSLY, TO

BECOME AN ACTRESS.

AND I FEEL LIKE THE REASON THAT

HAPPENED WAS, OF COURSE, BECAUSE

OF MY MOTHER, DOROTHY.

>> Jon: AND ONE OF THE NICE

PARTS OF THE BOOK IS TO SEE THEM

TAKE SUCH GREAT PLEASURE IN YOUR

SUCCESS.

>> I KNOW.

>> Jon: AND COME TO SEE

YOU, EVEN IN-- THERE'S A GREAT

LITTLE NOTE IN THERE YOU WROTE

ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE IN "HAIR,"

IN THE 70s.

>> OH, YES, I WAS IN "HAIR."

>> Jon: SHE WAS IN "HAIR."

YOU WRITE-- YOU KNOW, IT'S THIS

WHOLE HIPPIE THING.

I DON'T CARE FOR IT.

I'M IN "HAIR," BUT, YOU KNOW.

>> IT WAS A LITTLE ODD, YEAH.

>> Jon: YOU WERE A

CALIFORNIA KID.

>> COMPLETELY, THE BEACH.

ALWAYS THE BEACH.

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP.

>> Jon: CALIFORNIA, THE

BEACH.

>> THIS IS WHAT I MEAN, NO.

>> Jon: NO, NEW JERSEY.

VERY SIMILAR EXCEPT, OBVIOUSLY--

IT'S LIKE CALIFORNIA WITH-- IF

YOU WOULD IMAGINE CALIFORNIA

WERE A GAS REFINERY.

SIMILAR-- VERY SIMILAR TO...

( APPLAUSE )

NO, NEW JERSEY IS BEAUTIFUL,

BEAUTIFUL PLACE.

>> I'M BEGINNING TO PICTURE IT

NOW.

>> Jon: BUT THIS ASTONISH

AGO WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH

SCHOOL, YOU DEVELOPED A CRUSH ON

AN ACTOR.

>> JUDY GARLAND.

I HAD A LOT OF CRUSHES.

-- HE WAS MY FIRST UNATTAINABLE.

BUT WHILE-- YOU KNOW WHAT HE

SAID TO ME.

WE WROTE NOTES IN MRS. HOPKIN'S

CIVICS CLASS, AND HE WROTE BACK

TO ME ONCE AND SAID, "YOU'LL

MAKE A GOOD WIFE ONE DAY."

( LAUGHTER )

AND I THOUGHT, I DON'T WANT TO

BE A WIFE.

I WANT TO BE A HOT DATE.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

I DIDN'T WANT THAT AT ALL?

I'M NOT A HOT DATE.

>> Jon: CAN I TELL YOU,

SOMETHING.

HE WAS ALWAYS KIND OF AN--

GARLAND.

>> DAVE GARLAND.

HE WAS THE FIRST.

NEXT WAS I WORKED AT THE

BROADWAY THEATER IN SANTA ANA

AND I REMEMBER SEEING "SPLENDOR

IN THE GRASS."

YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW THAT

MOVIE AT ALL, ANY OF YOU HERE,

BUT "SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS"

STARRED WARREN BEATTY AND-- DID

YOU SEE IT?

>>

>> Jon: YES.

>> SO ANYWAY, HE WAS TO DIE FOR.

I HAVE NEVER, EVER SEEN ANYTHING

MORE BEAUTIFUL ON FILM I WAS IN

HIGH SCHOOL.

>> Jon: IT'S ALMOST LIKE A

POSTER--

>> AND I MET HIM.

>> Jon: YOU DIDN'T MEET

HIM.

YOU GUYS HAD--

>> I ACTUALLY KNEW HIM.

I --

>> Stephen: YOU WENT OUT WITH

HIM!

>> YES, I DID.

>> Jon: MY FAVORITE PART OF

ABOUT THAT IS YOU ALSO WENT OUT

WITH WOODY ALLEN BEFORE THAT,

AND FOR GUYS LIKE ME, YOU HAVE

NO IDEA WHAT IT MEANT FOR GUYS

LIKE ME, WOODY ALLEN IS DATING

DIANE KEATON?

LIFE IS POSSIBLE.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

AND THEN WHEN YOU, OBVIOUSLY,

WENT ON TO WARREN BEATTY, WE ALL

WENT, YEAH, I SAW THAT COMING.

THEN LIFE MEAT SENSE AGAIN.

>> NO, NO, NO,.

WE'D IS A GOOD-LOOKING MAN.

>> Jon: PLEASE.

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT-- BELIEVE

ME, IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, HE'S

THE ONE I RELATE TO.

BUT LET'S NOT KID OURSELVES.

UP AGAINST WARREN BEATTY...

>> LOOKS-WISE, IS THAT WHAT

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

>> Jon: PRETTY MUCH

EVERYTHING-WISE.

>> HE HAD THOSE COOL GLASSES.

REMEMBER?

>> Jon: THAT'S WHAT ALL THE

LADIES ARE LOOKING FOR.

"HEY, ARE YOU NEARSIGHTED?"

( LAUGHTER )

>> YOU'RE HORRIBLE.

>> Jon: CAN I TELL YOU

SOMETHING, THEN AGAIN, IT'S ON

THE BOOKSHELVES NOW.

YOU HAVE TO GET THIS.

IT'S SO WELL DONE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: AND IT'S SO NICE TO

SEE YOU AGAIN.

THE NEXT MOVIE WE DO TOGETHER

I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO

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