over50feeling40: Diane Keaton: I Just Love Clothes! (And So Much More)
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Nov 18, 2011

Diane Keaton: I Just Love Clothes! (And So Much More)

“First Wives was an unexpected hit. Bette, Goldie, and I did a ton of press. I’ll never forget the conference call with Goldie and me at her home in the Pacific Palisades and Bette on the line from her loft in New York. Always a contradiction in terms, Goldie drank some awful green health concoction while she smoked. The interviewer asked, “What’s better about fifty than twenty?” Goldie plunged in with something like ‘Being a mom; learning how to grow up and love yourself for who you are; coping with the discomfort of fame; loving a man by not holding on too much; letting people be who they are; helping your daughter live with the fact that her mother is famously loved by many people; getting revenge, but the right kind; learning to be spiritually aware; learning to grow into self- esteem. Those are some of the reasons why being fifty is better than twenty.’ What could Bette and I add? Goldie said it all.”

- Diane Keaton, Then Again

The weekend before Thanksgiving should be a time to relax…light candles, start a fire (for some of you), and read a good book. After all, later in the week is when all holiday chaos officially begins! So, I have just the book for you…..Then Again by Diane Keaton.

The official release was this past Tuesday and I reserved one for immediate pick up. She is someone I gain inspiration from in style and as a strong woman!! At 63 years of age, she is right in the thick of motherhood raising Dexter and Duke, her adoptive children. But this book will tug at your heartstrings for a variety of reasons. Of course, you see the influences in her life from Woody Allen and Jack Nicolson. You see the struggles of an actress….no matter what her age. You see her determination to be a successful woman and mother.

However, what touched me the most is the fact that this book is really about the influences of her family, particularly her mother. “Mom continues to be the most important, influential person in my life…..So, why did I write a memoir? Because Mom lingers; because she tried to save our family’s history through her words ; because it took decades before I recognized that her most alluring trait was her complexity; because I don’t want her to disappear even though she has.”

I am old school. I love to hold books in my hands, turn down the pages, and highlight like a madwoman. But, if you are more cutting edge, then download this book today. If you love Diane Keaton, it is worth inviting her to rest with you as you mentally prepare for a time of Thanksgiving and a time to appreciate family.


Watch the video on Chicos.com to hear Diane discuss her
mother and to hear lines such as

"Humor is the Saving Grace of Life

People should Dress for themselves, wear what they love..."

Enjoy your weekend ME-time!!!


  1. I love seeing her in the Chicos adds--she looks vibrant! Sounds like a good read to me!
    So you must be doing the meal at Thanksgiving? I do Christmas so I can relax a bit for this holiday. Wishing you plenty of energy!

  2. Hi I'm a new follower
    I loved first wives club and sure wish I looked as good as anyone of them lol
    If you have time please come visit me

  3. I do so love Diane Keaton! I had no idea she had a book out! Thanks for posting about it!

  4. I LOVE her in the new Chico's ads! Truly a one-of-a-kind lady :)

  5. I love Diane....she's incredible in ANY movie role...I can't even name a favorite....I too love to hold the actual book....technology can't replace everything, right?

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

  6. I love that quote from the book about Goldie! And I love Diane, always have. This sounds like a great read.

  7. Oh, I DO love Diane Keaton. I was thinking about getting this book, even though I'm not usually a huge biography person. Thanks for the preview!

  8. I'm old fashioned too! I still like to hold books in my hand too!

  9. I love Diane Keaton, her and I have the same birthday! Diane is an amazing actress!

  10. I have to get it.
    I cannot get over your wonderful blog and pics, Pam

  11. It is not only the camera, you are improving like the really good wines, my friend.
    All you have to do is click on FILL OUT THE FORM.
    Glad that you are in, yeahhhhhhhhhhh

  12. i have loved keaton in all her film..have to get my hands on this book!


  13. Thanks for the recommendation. Diane Keaton such an inspiration!

  14. I wasn't aware she'd written this book. Thanks for the review, and it does sound like one I want to read!

  15. Pam I adore Diane and always have. My sister Cynthia could be her twin both in personality and looks! I am so excited to read this book!!

    Love and Hugs,

    Art by Karena

  16. I LOVE IT. Yes, she said it all, and I do think that when you finally hit 50 and over (as in my case), you really do start to fit into your skin. I love it. I would not want to be 20 again; I was too naive....even my looks are better now. GREAT POST and dearest, thank you for visiting! ENJOY YOUR TEXAS-style Thanksgiving! Anita

  17. I saw her interview with Jon Stewart. She is such a happy person and seems genuinely nice. What I like best is that she hasn't had plastic surgery and is happy with herself as she is.

  18. Pam,
    First of all, thanks for the shout-out to the "holding a book in your hands" generation. I think we spoke about this once before...

    I had this book in my hand because I read an interview she wrote and it intrigued me, mostly I have to say because I am an older mother of an 8 year old, plus I love her style.

    However, I opted out to use the coupon on the more expensive Steve Jobs book on my husband's Christmas list. Knowing I would get my hands on this one eventually. (They know me by name at my local Barnes and Noble and I consider that a point of pride)

    Now that we have the glowing review from you, I will have it a whole lot faster.

    Always Summer


  19. I love Diane Keaton, I will have to get her book. I am visiting from 40 over blog hop, hope you will stop by and visit me and see what you think...

  20. I love her! Every excerpt I read from her book just makes me love her more. I'll have to read it or just flip out of curiosity!


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