1. Diane Keaton is an American film actress, director, producer and screenwriter.
2. She began her career on stage and made her screen debut in 1970.
3. Her first major film role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather , but the films that shaped her early career were those with director and co-star Woody Allen, beginning with Play It Again, Sam in 1972.
4. Her next two films with Allen, Sleeper , established her as a comic actor.
5. Her fourth, Annie Hall , won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.
6. Keaton subsequently expanded her range to avoid becoming typecast as her Annie Hall persona.
7. She became an accomplished dramatic performer, starring in Looking for Mr. Goodbar .
8. Keaton is a 1963 graduate of Santa Ana High School in Santa Ana, California.
9. During her time there, she participated in singing and acting clubs at school, and starred as Blanche DuBois in a school production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
10. Keaton began studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.
11. She initially studied acting under the Meisner technique, an ensemble acting technique first evolved in the 1930s by Sanford Meisner, a New York stage actor/acting coach/director who had been a member of The Group Theater .
12. After nearly being passed over for being too tall , she won the part.
13. After being nominated for a Tony Award for Play It Again, Sam, Keaton made her film debut in Lovers and Other Strangers .
14. She followed with guest roles on the television series Love, American Style and Night Gallery, and Mannix.
15. Two years later she reprised her role as Kay Adams in The Godfather Part II.
16. She was initially reluctant, stating that, “At first, I was skeptical about playing Kay again in the Godfather sequel.