THE PAST 15 YEARS, WOODY ALLENS LEADING LADY HAS GONE FROM BABY
BOOM-ER TO REAL-LIFE MOTHER
DIANECAN YOU BELIEVE ITS BEEN 15 YEARS SINCE, FOR BABY
BOOM, YOU BECAME PREMIERES FIRST COVER GIRL?
guess I was, right? I remember it was so lucky to get that movie because
the studio did NOT want meI guess I was at a point where
I just failed to bring in any box office, but [writer-producer] Nancy
Meyers and her then husband, [writer-director] Charles Shyer, fought for
me. Man, theyve pulled me out of the lowest ebb, professionally
over and overI mean, when we did Father of the Bride,
well, really, they did not want me at Disney for one second.
IS IDIOCY SINCE, AT 56, YOURE STILL THE TEMPLATE FOR THE MODERN
FEMALE COMEDIENNEIN FACT, WHEN YOU WERE DIRECTING
HANGING UP, LISA KUDROW AND MEG RYAN COULDNT SHUT UP ABUOT
YOUR OSCAR-WINNING, LA-DI-DA-ING, ANNIE HALL INFLUENCE ON THEIR
I just think its that I suffer from aphasiayou know,
when youre just g-r-a-p-p-l-i-n-g to find the words and you cant
put it all together so its cohesive? Yeah, I think I have a learning
disability: I now know and I feel better about it. [laughs] I just got
so lucky that somebody said [as if to a cute puppy], Ohhh, wouldnt
that be good in a picture? THATS an unusual character.
SOMEBODY WAS WOODY ALLEN, YOUR FORMER BOYFRIEND-MENTOR, WHO YOU THEN SHOWED
GREAT LOYALTY TO DURING THE SOON-YI-MIA SCANDAL BY STEPPING INTO FARROWS
SHOES IN MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY.
wasnt even a question of loyalty, no, I just really loved the PART.
[laughs] It was perfect because we were old friendsso I loved
playing the bored wife, I loved putting him down and going Yuck.
MANY PEOPLE ARE ALSO SAYING THESE DAYS ABOUT WOODYS PENCHANT FOR
CASTING HIMSELF OPPOSITE INCREASINGLY YOUNG BABES
wonder if thats because they dont accept him as an actor,
but only Woody Allen. Plus his personal history makes it easier
.Well, theres always a scapegoat. I mean, isnt Martha
Stewart going to be the scapegoat for the end of, you know, business as
we know it in the stock market? I really believe that shes gonna
take the rap, because its just so much fun to hate her, and I feel
theres an element of that with him. The public wants to get back
BET YOUD LIKE TO GET BACK AT PARAMOUNT FOR NOT DOING A SEQUEL TO
THE MEGAHIT THE FIRST WIVES CLUB. GOLDIE HAWN TOLD ME IT WAS PARTLY
BECAUSE THEY WOULDNT GIVE YALL A RAISE, BECAUSE YOU WERENT
MEN, YOU WERE WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE.
what I think: Well, yeah, in a better world, whatever, sure
in the meantime were here and why not just take what theyre
offering, because its still a lot? Oh, well, whaddaya gonna
MOVING. LISTEN, I LOVED READING SOMEWHERE THAT YOU ADORE DOING KISSING
SCENES, BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE ALWAYS SAYS, OH, ITS ALL JUST
s-o-o much fun. Because you dont have to pay for itthey
have to act like they love you, and then you walk away and its over.
Like with Mel Gibson [in Mrs. Soffel], I thought I was gonna DIEI
mean, its just so shocking that I am there looking at that, and
that is saying this to me and am I DOING this?! [laughs]
WELL, SINCE YOUVE HAD WOODY, WARREN BEATTY, AND AL PACINO ALL KISSING
YOU IN REAL-LIFE RELATIONSHIPS, YOU MUST BE PRETTY GOOD AT IT.
think I just worked it really hard. [cracking up] I dont think they
went, Oh, that girl there, that WOMAN! No, I just persisted.
And it never really worked out, did it?
WELL, NOW YOUVE GOT TWO [ADOPTED] KIDS FOR COMPANY. THEIR LAST NAME
IS KEATON, NOT YOUR GIVEN ONE, HALL, SO YOU CHANGED YOURS LEGALLY, HUH?
.its just my name is Keaton, so theirs is, too and I, uh
[chuckles nervously] Hmmm, I guess, actually they ARE Halls. God, theyre
gonna grow up going, This woman doesnt even know if shes
a Keaton or a Hall and THATS what Im supposed to go with?!
TELL EM ITS THE APHASIA.
full Annie Hall mode] Oh, those poor kids, oh, my, oh, dear! God
bless em, man.
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