Next week will see Diane Keaton playing opposite Harrison Ford in Roger Michell's 'Morning Glory'; as feuding TV morning show co-hosts, they provide the backdrop / counterpoint to Rachel McAdams' star turn as the show's beleaguered producer. In the past 20 years, Keaton has moved effortlessly from lead to supporting roles and back again, earning Academy Award nominations for 'Marvin's Room' and 'Something's Gotta Give,' surviving and thriving in an industry not noted for its kindness toward actresses over the age of 40.
She's enjoyed a rich and varied career. Because of her likable, funny performances as Woody Allen's leading lady in 'Sleeper,' 'Love and Death,' and, especially, 'Annie Hall,' for which she won an Academy Award, it's easy to forget that Keaton first came to attention in 'The Godfather' with a very modest role, tackling much more intense dramatic roles in 'The Godfather Part II," 'Looking for Mr. Goodbar' and 'Interiors.' She began the 80s with a nuanced performance as the earnest Louise Bryant in Warren Beatty's period epic 'Reds' (another Academy Award nomination) and followed that up by losing herself completely in her best role to date, the ironically named Faith Dunlap in Alan Parker's 'Shoot the Moon.'