Hollywood leading lady and American icon Diane Keaton, 66, has seen her share of high-profile Hollywood romances and unimaginable successes. And though she says Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Al Pacino were the three great loves of her life, the Annie Hall star never married and became a single mom at age 50, adopting daughter Dexter, now 16, and son Duke, now 11. In an exclusive interview with AARP, the Academy Award-winning actress opens up about single motherhood, her battle with bulimia and the possibility of plastic surgery.
On being a single mom: “As a parent I provide all I can, but I think in the best possible scenario you need to have a man.”
On raising a teenager: “It takes everything I have sometimes to not snuggle with Dexter. You know, at 16, you don’t want to be snuggly any more. Sometimes I can pat her hair. Or if I’m lucky, I get a hug.”
On wanting to be healthy for her kids: “I’m very aware that my dad died when he was 68, and my mother was in her early 70s when her brain really started to go. When I think about my kids in their 20s and 30s, and me in my 70s and 80s, I worry about that, definitely. I want to be there for them. I want my body and mind to stay strong, and to share all these life lessons. But I also know they need to have the freedom and independence to learn on their own.”
On her battle with bulimia: “With bulimia, I never expected sympathy or for people to understand. What I cared about was the secret I kept. It felt like a burden. I never told my mother. But when I finally told my sisters many years after the fact, they weren’t that shocked. My sister Robin said, ‘ Yeah, you ate a lot of hamburgers back then.’ It’s amazing how the dark secrets inside us don’t matter much to the outside world.”
On the possibility of plastic surgery: “I haven’t had it, but never say never. Because when you do, you are definitely going to go there. I said I would never have intercourse before I was married, and I did. I said I would never go to a psychiatrist, and I spent much of my life in psychoanalysis. I’ve done all kinds of things I said I wouldn’t do and, of course, now I’m glad. Thrilled.”
Continue reading the interview with Diane at AARP…