From the Archives: Diane Keaton

Diane Keatonby Jack Tewksbury

For forty years the HFPA has recorded interviews with famous and celebrated actors, actresses and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind — over 10,000 interviews — is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. Below is an excerpt: Dianne Keaton talking out overcoming shyness, the Annie Hall look and her relationship with fashion.

“In  high  school  they  voted  me  the  Shyest  Girl  In  School.  I  was  so  timid  I  didn’t  go  up  to  get  the   flowers. I’m  not  as  shy  and  insecure  as I once  was. I’ve  changed. You  have  to  change,  otherwise  you  just  get  more  walled  off,  more  protective,  less  able  to  get  out  and  face  the  world.  Sometimes  you’ve  just  got  to  go  out  there.

Like  everyone  else,  I  worry  if  I  do  too  much,  or  that  I’m  not  fulfilling  myself,  or  that  I  didn’t  do  enough.  Or that  I’m  going  to  die  or  lose  all  my  friend  or  I’m  going  to  miss  my  family.  These  are  ordinary  fears  everyone  has, and  I’m  filled  with  them.

I  go  to  bed  at  night  so  wound  up  by  fear  that  I’m  going  to  die  or  I’m  going  to  lose  a  loved  one.  It’s  overwhelming.  But,  basically,  the  next  morning I get  up, drink a  cup  of  coffee,  and  boom!

The  truth  is  I  never  originated  (the Annie Hall)  look.  When  I  did Annie  Hall  there  were  people  in  the  streets  looking  just like  her.  I  had  not  created  anything. People  actually dressed  like  that.  I wasn’t  anything  like  Madonna.  It  was  a cultural  thing,  but  it  wasn’t  a  phenomenon.

I’ve always  been  very  clothes  conscious, but  I don’t  think I’m  qualified  to  establish  a  line.  A lot  of  famous  people   have  tried  that  but,  frankly,  you’ve  got  to  know  what  you’re  doing.I’m  good  at  selecting  clothes,  but  there’s  a  big  difference  between  buying  what  you  like  and  making  up  the  idea.  I’m  not  everyone’s  taste.  I  said  to  a  nasty  friend, “Whenever  I’m  down  in  the  dumps  I  buy  a  dress.”  She  replied, “I  wondered  where  you  got  them.”

Remember  when  the  style  for  women  was  the  use  of  padding  in  everything?  Women  had  wider  shoulders  than body-builders.  When  they  came  down  the  street  they  were scarey.  They  didn’t  take  off  their  clothes.  They  unpacked.”

Fashion: from red carpet to real life

by Margaret Gardiner

Now that the awards season has wrapped let’s look at trends that the red carpet solidified. Gone are the gaffes that made red carpets so fun. Everyone has a stylist – so glamour was the watchword of the day.

For evening gowns four trends dominated.  Ladies experimented with color.  Blue became the new black.  While everyone rocks a hard body, many gowns were not like second skins, rather they emulated the grace of yesteryear. Fitted bodices – either strapless, or with plunging, statement backs, and puddle skirts. Bead work was more in evidence than before, making jewels understated or statement pieces.  The tromp d’oeiul of lace over nude underlining seems to have hit its peak and should fade from the carpet -though the man – or should that read woman – in the street is only catching onto the phase.

Hair underwent a major change. The flat ironed hair of three years ago has long given way to beach curls, but this year the curls became more controlled.  Hair is fuller on the crown and worn either in a pony to the side, or with a side path swooping across the forehead. Two other trends are: up-do’s or smoothed back into a pony down the back – but still with volume at the crown.

Make-up. The  obvious fake lashes that are everywhere on the street are history amongst the fashion leaders.  Red lips dominate.  Skin is fresh and slightly blushed.  Eyes smokey, but softly so.

Despite Ben Affleck‘s good luck beard, Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine growth, and George Clooney’s gray mane, expect men to be more groomed. If there is facial hair it is overnight shadow. Hair is trim on the backs and sides, fuller on top.

Way back in January when the Golden Globes began the award gauntlet, Jessica Alba brought all of the trends together that would be echoed again and again as the season wore on.  Here’s to you Jessica – ahead of the curve and flawless.

Jessica Alba