Diane Keaton, 66, on plastic surgery: “I haven’t had it, but never say never”

The indomitable Diane Keaton covers the April issue of AARP at the age of 66 years. She’s currently promoting a new ensemble comedy film called Darling Companion, which also stars Kevin Kline, who describes the movie as “like The Big Chill for the AARP set.” I’ll let that summation stand on its own, but let’s talk about the magazine cover for just a moment. Diane has always had a rather offbeat sense of style (and an unbreakable affection for hats), but this ensemble just screams “hipster pilgrim” to me. I don’t know how else to put it. At any rate, Diane still gives good interview and also elaborates a little bit more about her hardcore bulimic experience as well as giving her thoughtful considerations on a variety of other subjects:

More on 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 aging: “Everything’s throwing me punches from left and right, but it’s certainly been an amazing adventure. It’s all unbelievable. Every little bit of it. I look back on experiences like that and think, ‘Did I really do that?’ It’s a big collage. A piece here, a piece there. That’s my life. The best part is that I’m still here and, because the end is in sight, I treasure it all more.”

On 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.”

On romance: “It’s not something I can visualize right now. The best relationships develop out of friendships. That’s the shame. At this stage I don’t correlate any of the friendships I have with sex, and, honestly, once you bring sex into a friendship — Ooh! Whew! Oh! — that’s a slippery slope into disaster.”

On single parenthood: “As a parent I provide all I can, but I think in the best possible scenario you need to have a man.”

[From AARP]

The interview is quite lengthy, and I’d recommend it as a full read for all Keaton fans. While what she’s said about single parenthood could be construed as slightly controversial, I think she’s making a more obvious point about things being easier with another set of helping hands along. Nearly everything is easier with a partner, and parenting is such a difficult and endless stream of tasks already, let alone while trying to do it without help. Also, I hope she never gets plastic surgery. Diane is one of the last naturally aging babes out there.

Photos courtesy of AARP

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  1. paola says:

    I love her! she is so lively and bubbly!

  2. fancyamazon says:

    I love her too. She always seems so cheerful and optimistic.

  3. Jackie says:

    that will be a dark day for me if she ever gets plastic surgery.

  4. operagirl says:

    She looks fabulous, really owns her life experience, and is happy. That’s all any of us can hope for. :)

  5. ... says:

    Has she really not had plastic surgery? I always thought she’d use the scarfs she’s always wearing to cover up the difference from her neck to her extreme “clean” face….maybe I was wrong though.

    • BW says:

      She’s always worn neckties and scarves and turtlenecks. At this point, she’s probably covering up her turkeyneck. If she was going to get plastic surgery on her face, she’d get her neck done, too. She may not have had plastic surgery, but she may have done peels and lasers and microdermabrasion.

      Actually, if I were to get plastic surgery, I’d get my neck done and not my face. Then again, I live in Florida, and it’s too hot to wear scarves and turtlenecks all the time.

    • renee says:

      I could be wrong, but I think that she may have some form of OCD, and that’s why she’s always covered up as much as is possible.

  6. Nessa says:

    I love her! Such a wonderful woman on so many levels. There are very few actresses out there you can say that about. She is beautiful on the inside and out.

  7. bros says:

    im pretty sure she’s had a nosejob. hasnt anyone seen her in Reds? she had a totally different nose then.

  8. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    I have often wondered why she named her daughter Dexter. With all the pretty names out there and she chose Dexter, so that to me was pretty odd.

  9. Zelda says:

    I bloody love her. Class act in every way.

  10. monette says:

    I love her!she is one amazing lady.

  11. Jamie says:

    While I believe she hasn’t had any actual “surgery,” she showed up at the Oscars a few years ago to present the award for best film. Her face was so shockingly botoxed and tight, it looked absolutely painful. I remember being very surprised that Diane Keaton, of all people, would immobilize her face in such a way. Maybe she’s given up on botox and fillers since, or maybe she doesn’t consider them surgery.

  12. wunder says:

    DK looks truly fantastic for 66, but she desperately needs an updated fashion makeover.

  13. Jen34 says:

    For someone I have always considered to be kooky, she sounds remarkably sensible and grounded.

  14. Rux says:

    I really love this one; I cannot tell you how many times my mom and I watched Baby Boom and The First Wives Club. She still looks amazing and I kind of like her quirky style and hat devotion; it’s memorable.

    • Tiffany says:

      I LOVE BABY BOOM!! Sorry for the caps, but really, I sometimes think of that movie and start dreaming of owning an apple orchard…

  15. Lexi says:

    Liar, liar, pants on fire!

  16. Annaloo says:

    OMG, the AARP? I admit, a little of me said NOOOOOOooooOOOOOOooooo!! When did this happen??

    But the interview… so good. Someone should put really her in touch with Ms Whip-It, Demi Moore!!

  17. blonde on the dock says:

    I like her fashion sense!

  18. Kim says:

    If you who believe she hasnt had anything done Ive got some great swampland for sale!

    This woman has had a ton done. Women who say “I havent had any surgery but never say never” is code word for Ive had everything under the sun done but am lying my ass off about it.

    Just makes her look very stupid. She would have been better off not commenting at all vs lying when we can all see the massive amounts of work she has had done to that face!

  19. Kim says:

    She always wears gloves/never shows her hands close up to cover her age spots & old lady hands because you cant get surgery to make the hands look younger – you can only remove the age spots.

    Hands show a womens true age

  20. Nymeria says:

    The phrase “hipster pilgrim” is hilarious.

  21. Cinesnatch says:

    Class act. Interesting how she noted that, ideally, she’d have a male parent in the mix.

  22. Elfie says:

    I like those outfits…. *hides under a bridge*

    • Cirque28 says:

      I’m with you. Not so much the neckwear, but those coats with cinched-in waists are very flattering. And I love that a 66 year old would wear boots like that on the cover of AARP. She is cool.

  23. Tiffany says:

    I love Diane Keaton. I dont care what she wears, or what she has done to her face. It is her life, she has earned the right to live it as she sees fit. LOVE her!

  24. benny says:

    I remember her from the early 1990′s, and yes, she’s had surgery. Jowls don’t disappear on their own.

    I think she looked great then, and looks great now. Nobody cares if actresses get work done in order to keep getting job offers. That’s just how Hollywood is. But don’t lie about it. It makes it sound like (1) you are sooooooo genetically superior to other women that YOU don’t need the same surgery they do to keep looking good; and (2) you think we’re all idiots with no memories of what you used to look like.

    It’s not the surgery most people object to, it’s the lying.

  25. Cirque28 says:

    Is that Diane’s beautiful dog? Talk about a darling companion!