Last week, Diane Keaton received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. A lot of Hollywood heavyweights came out to support her, like Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Silverman, Warren Beatty and… you know, Woody Allen. I didn’t cover those photos because they were sort of boring, but I do like Diane Keaton, wackiness and all. She’s lived quite a life and she’s worked with tons of people. She has a long list of ex-boyfriends too, everyone from Beatty and Woody Allen to Al Pacino and maybe even Jack Nicholson and Sam Shepard. Well, Diane was on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night and they chatted about her friends (she doesn’t have any) and how she never ended up marrying any of the guys she’s known over the years.
She and Jimmy talked about how all of the people who came out for the AFI thing were all of her work colleagues rather than her friends. She says that Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Silverman and more are not her friends, and Diane – suddenly realizing it – says, “I don’t really have any friends.” She also says that she wished more men had come to the AFI thing and, “Now I’m a single woman. I was never married. Nobody ever asked me to marry them. I don’t know why. It seems like, you would think…” Kimmel joked that if he was single, he would have asked.
Keaton has famously never been married. I always thought that was her choice, although she’s explained it in different ways over the years. In 2014, she said she never married because “I told myself I wanted to … but I didn’t really want a man that I could have … I wanted the dream.” And now she jokes that she never married because no one ever asked her. I think it’s probably a combination of all of that and more: she realized that her path probably didn’t include being someone’s wife. And no one asked her, because she spent her 20s and 30s dating men who were not looking to be “tied down,” men like Woody Allen and Warren Beatty. As someone who also doesn’t have any need or desire to get married, I’m feeling Diane’s ambivalence in general.
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