Diane Keaton: Godfather Girlfriend And Real Life Annie Hall, Then And Now

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Actress Diane Keaton, playing the lead role of Theresa, gazes upward during a scene from the 1977 drama Looking for Mr. Goodbar. (Photo by John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Diane Keaton became a movie star in the feminist '70s as a rebel and an unapologetic intellectual. In The Godfather, she played a gangster's girlfriend unwilling to go along with the family's criminal ways. In Annie Hall, she challenged the male lead -- Woody Allen, who called her his muse -- disarming him with her forthrightness and her fashion sense. Keaton played women who were beautiful and brainy, rising to the occasion in the "New Hollywood" era, when filmmakers were challenging a lot of film conventions -- including the portrayals of female characters. Sure, she could hop into a bubble bath with Elliott Gould (in I Will... I Will... For Now) or hop from bed to bed in Looking For Mr. Goodbar, but Keaton always gave you the feeling she could talk (and think) circles around the men she shared the screen with.