Diane Keaton is probably one of the coolest women who’s ever been alive. She’s a gifted actor who’s taken on a diverse range of roles, has spent her fair share of time in the director’s chair, and has a super-full personal life, which includes two adopted children, the occasional venture into real estate development, and a love of photography. She is also, according to her new memoir, Then Again, a recovering bulimic.
In the book, Keaton explains, she was just 19 when a casting director promised her a role if she’d lose 10 lbs. The resulting eating disorder lasted for five years, including during her relationship with Woody Allen. By the time she was cast in The Godfather as Kay Adams, she was on the road to recovery. But of course, every day is a struggle.
Keaton is very frank in her explanation of the public’s perception of bulimia in the 1960s and 70s, which, rather than being treated like the serious illness that it is, was looked as way to stay thin.
“It was just this trick you could do,” she states in the book. “It’s a horrible problem. Ugly and awful.”
Keaton’s admission is certainly not the focus of the book–this isn’t a memoir about a woman with an eating disorder, it’s a memoir about an amazing life and an American family–but it’s a big reveal about a beloved public figure, who has always felt like a hero in the body-positive, be-yourself movement. Now a spokeswoman for L’Oreal, Keaton is proof that very a serious eating disorder doesn’t have to hamstring a person’s life.
Then Again, which also digs deeply into Keaton’s relationships with Allen and her own mother, won’t be widely available until November 15, but several passages have already been leaked onto the internet.
The Oscar-winner, who has notoriously eschewed plastic surgery and expressed a desire to “look authentic”, displays a remarkable amount of candor and honesty bout her eating disorder, which is very inspiring–particularly considering how really amazing the rest of her life has been.
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