How Diane Keaton’s life changed after adopting her children

Diane Keaton is a legendary actress best known for her roles in classic films like ‘Annie Hall’, ‘Somethings Gotta Give’, ‘Reds’ and ‘The Family Stone.’ Per IMDb, Keaton was one of the most in-demand leading ladies of her generation — alongside Jane Fonda and Cher — and dated several Hollywood stars at the height of her fame, including Woody Allen and actors Warren Beaty and Al Pacino. (She was also romantically linked to her “Something’s” co-stars Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves. Oh, to be Keaton!)

However, although Keaton has been in several high-profile relationships throughout her acting career, she has never been married. She explained to Katie Couric in 2010 why she never — and didn’t want to — walk down the aisle. “I think the reason I didn’t get married was because I had to make too many compromises,” she said. “I wanted to try more adventurous things myself… And I was also afraid of men.”

Still, the “Marvin’s Room” actor became a mom when she adopted daughter Dexter in 1996 and son Duke five years later (via Insider). Despite having to raise her children alone and being a mother at the ripe old age of 50, Keaton was a role she enjoyed, telling Couric in the same interview, “Of course, motherhood is by far the best choice I’ve ever made.” .” Here’s what inspired Keaton to become a mom — and how her life changed afterward.

Diane Keaton wanted to find Mr. Right first

In her conversation with Katie Couric, Diane Keaton opened up about how her father’s death in 1990 — after a five-month battle with cancer, per Los Angeles Times — prompted her to reevaluate her whole life and ponder the idea of ​​starting a family of her own to found. “It had a lot to do with my father’s death. My father preceded my mother by many years. He had a brain tumor and is dead,” she said. “And I moved back to California. And I think I had to deal with what I was going to do with the rest of my life.” That being said, she had delayed motherhood for many years as Keaton wanted to wait until she found Mr. Right, although sadly that day never came . Besides, she just wasn’t ready. “It prolonged my indecisiveness,” she told Ladies’ Home Journal in 2008 (via Today).

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When she finally adopted her children, Keaton’s life changed completely. Speaking to Film Monthly in 2003, Keaton described motherhood as the “most completely humbling experience I’ve ever had.” “I think it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you believe in,” she said. “I mean, we can all sit here and talk, but it’s another thing to act like that in your life.” For Keaton, having kids has been “challenging and exhilarating.” “I’m totally in love with my kids, but I also realize that I have to try every day to be a better person,” she said, adding, “With kids you really have to always be your best self and be honest. “

Being a mom made Diane Keaton less self-centered

Becoming a mother also put a lot of things into perspective for Diane Keaton, who admittedly was completely self-absorbed before she adopted her children. “When I was adopted, I immediately had to change as a person and become more generous. It made me realize I was completely self-absorbed,” she told Female First in 2005, adding that it had a lot to do with her job as an actor. “I had no one to tell me how well I was doing or if I was doing right, which is what I was used to. I just wanted to say, ‘How am I doing? Do they like me?’” Sharing her own struggles with motherhood, Keaton said it was the idea of ​​letting go of her children that bothered her the most. “You know you have to do it,” she said. “But when the time comes, I know I’m going to find it so hard.”

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Though Keaton never found the perfect man to share her beautiful children with, the “Annie Hall” star said she’s perfectly content with her life as a single mom. As quoted by Scary Mommy, the actor said, “The loves of my life are my children and my mother. I don’t feel like I need a man.” In her memoir Then Again, which she published in 2011, Keaton described motherhood as the best and most fulfilling relationship she’s ever had. “I’m sorry, but it’s better than any of your fantasies about love,” she said (via Amo Mama). “It’s love. That’s the best.”