Diane Keaton might be one of Tinsel Town’s leading ladies with a host of rom-coms to her name, but the famed actress has revealed that she hasn’t had any romance off-screen in 35 years.
The 73-year-old star told InStyle magazine that she is never on the receiving end of male attention, admitting that she ‘never’ gets asked out on dates, despite having plenty of male friends.
In fact, the Los Angeles-born mom-of-two, who has never been married, maintained that she has not been on a date in around 35 years – meaning that she was likely in her 30s the last time she enjoyed a romantic outing.
‘Let’s just get that straight’: Diane Keaton has revealed that she hasn’t been on a date in 35 years, as she stars on the cover of InStyle
‘Never’: Despite having ‘lots of male friends’, Diane, 73, says she doesn’t ever get asked out
Style star: The actress, who has never been married, has two adopted children, daughter Dexter and son Duke
When asked by the InStyle journalist about her romantic life and whether guys ‘ask her out’, Diane responded: ‘Never. All right? Let’s just get that straight. That one’s important.
‘I haven’t been on a date in, I would say, 35 years. No dates.’
Diane, who became a household name after her star turn as Annie Hall in 1977, added that she does have ‘a lot of male friends’, before joking that this didn’t result in any dates or any ‘mwah-mwah’ as she put it..
However that has not stopped the actress from living life to the full; she made the decision to adopt two children in her 50s, welcoming daughter Dexter, now 24, in 1996 and her son Duke, now 18, in 2001.
In a 2018 interview with Inquirer, Diane implied that she never saw marriage in her future, even from a young age.
‘I am what they used to call an old maid,’ she said. ‘I am, but I don’t think I was marriage material, honestly, because I’m too independent. I am still pretty cheerful about life.’
She added, ‘I saw what my mother had to do and, no, that wasn’t going to happen to me. And that is why I’m single. Look at me, I have never been married.’
Her claim that she has not gone on a date would imply that she has not been romanced since 1984 – long before some of her early career-defining roles, such as Father of the Bride (1991).
Despite her apparent longtime singledom, Diane is ironically best remembered for her roles in romantic comedies such as First Wives Club (1996), Hanging Up (2000), The Family Stone (2005), The Big Wedding (2013) and Book Club (2018).
Family: Diane pictured in 2018 with Duke and Dexter said they are lucky because she is ‘much less self-involved now’
In her Oscar-nominated turn in 2003 flick Something’s Gotta Give, Diane played a successful, mature playwright who has recently sworn off dating – only to end up engulfed in a love triangle with two men.
And while she happily opened up about her lack of dates over the last few decades, Diane did not delve into her past dalliances with famous actors.
The actress has however previously spoken about her long-standing affection for Woody Allen, who directed her in Annie Hall.
‘Obviously, I owe it all to Annie Hall,’ Diane told the magazine. ‘That was the beginning. I did several movies with him [Woody Allen]’.
Trio: After years of singledom, Diane was in her 50s when she adopted her kids
The duo have been friends since 1968. Diane previously said that she had an ‘instant crush’ on the director, with whom she had a five-year romance which ended in 1974.
In her 2011 memoir, Then Again, Diane blamed the demise of their relationship on her struggle with bulimia. In her 20s, she would stay at home binging and purging on food, forcing Allen to send her to a psychoanalyst to help her through her issues.
Diane remains a staunch advocate for her friend, who was accused of molesting his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992 – something he has strenuously denied.
‘Woody Allen is my friend and I continue to believe him,’ Diane has reiterated, as recently as January 2018.
Diane previously revealed that she had a ‘crush’ on Al Pacino while they filmed The Godfather together in 1971. They briefly became a couple, but Diane ended things when he refused to settle down.
‘I was mad for him,’ she told People. ‘Charming, hilarious, a nonstop talker. There was an aspect of him that was like a lost orphan, like this kind of crazy idiot savant. And oh, gorgeous!’
When the actress won her American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in June 2017, Al Pacino told her from the stage, ‘I love you forever. You’re a great artist.’
First love: While she has sworn off dating, Oscar-winning Diane said she ‘owes’ her career success to former romantic partner Woody Allen
Just friends: Diane, pictured with former flame Al Pacino in 1989, said she is never asked out by men and believes she may never go on another date again
Close: Despite a lack of dates, the 73-year-old actress, pictured in 1978 with actor Warren Beatty, said she has ‘lots of friends’
The legendary Los Angeles-based star also had a soft spot for co-star Warren Beatty, with whom she starred in Reds and Town & Country.
Speaking about her fondness for him, she told Ladies’ Home Journal, ‘I remember the first time I saw Warren Beatty. It was in Splendor in the Grass and I thought ‘Oh my God. Who is this?’ He was very sexy, but a different kind of sexy. I mean, we’re talking pretty. Like Justin Bieber pretty. So I had unrealistic standards.’
‘Real life Warren was a collector’s item, a rare bird. He had aspirations I couldn’t begin to contemplate,’ Diane wrote of their fleeting romance in her autobiography.
Social media star: Diane, who has one million followers on Instagram, told InStyle she does not regard herself as an icon
Her second self-penned tome, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, also states that the only men in her life are the images of 48 men she admires, like Elvis, John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Dean, all hung up on a wall in her home.
Poignantly, she wrote, ‘They [the images] still give me hope for a house that can never be – a home that exists only in my dreams. A marriage and life with a husband.’
On becoming a parent later in life, she told Ladies’ Home Journal, ‘ My life went a certain way and suddenly I was 50 with no purpose and I wanted a family. In some ways my children are lucky because I’m much less self-involved now. But they know they have this older parent, and that must be odd for them.’
In recent months, Diane has taken to using social media with aplomb. Having amassed one million followers on Instagram, Diane regularly shares photos of her inimitable style – but, she told InStyle, that she doesn’t think of herself as an icon.
‘Well, this word ‘icon’ is new to me,’ she said. ‘No one has ever called me an icon. I guess with time you call people an icon because they’ve been around for a long time. That’s an icon for you.’
When asked by the magazine if she views herself as a ‘bada**’, Diane spoke candidly about her lack of confidence.
‘It’s hard to say that I ever feel powerful or confident,’ she admitted. ‘Those two words are not really in my purview.’