February 24, 2007

"Who appointed Diane Keaton to the position of National Commissioner for Aging Female Sexuality?"

Oscar asks. One of the commenters theorizes: "Maybe her appeal is that she's as sexy now as she was in 1970s, even if she's never been all that sexy."


Ron said...

One can just imagine her meeting with her agent: "I'm still the same ditzy goofball America loved with Woody, but now I'm a mature ditzy goofball!"

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P. Froward said...

"Never been all that sexy"?! He's a lunatic.

He's right, though, that she doesn't really look like she's aging naturally. She only appears to be aging naturally if you put her next to a reanimated robot like Cher.

LutherM said...

"never been all that sexy" ?
Someone should revisit "Looking for Mr. Goodbar".

Bissage said...

Hey, if people want to think Diane Keaton is sexy I say more power to them.

But I thought her selling point was her earnest, complete and total lack of sex appeal. For example, she was cast in "The Godfather" because she was the anti-Apollonia; all straitlaced, prim and proper. Very un-earthy. And she was cast in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" for the same reason. She was all uptight and looking at a future of spinsterhood (and she didn't want to have kids because of her scoliosis) so she got caught up in that unfortunate 70s cocaine fueled wildlife to her ultimate ruin.

Well, anyway. Different strokes for different folks. Me? I vote not sexy.

Tim said...

When in doubt, blame Woody Allen.

Although I completely agree that her role in "Godfather" pretty much drained the sexy quotient dry.

Regardless, I'd nominate Kathleen Turner, but I understand she currently has complicating issues.

Katie said...

Helen Mirren! She looked HOT at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

EnigmatiCore said...

"But I thought her selling point was her earnest, complete and total lack of sex appeal. For example, she was cast in "The Godfather" because she was the anti-Apollonia; all straitlaced, prim and proper."

Different strokes for different folks. I guess you see 'prim and proper' as being the antithesis of having sex appeal. On the other hand, I do not. I find it to be very sexy, while in most cases I find the vamp look to be rather unappealing.

Bissage said...

The thing of it is, some of those vamps clean up pretty nice.

Bissage said...

P.S. There might be someone out there who doesn't get the joke and might get the wrong idea so I'd better make it clear, just in case.

Those are two different people. The first is the "Prince" Apollonia and the second is the "Corleone" Apollonia -- a type more Greek than Italian.


blake said...


Your joke might work better if the second picture wasn't 403.

I second Helen Mirren.

Actually, I was positively taken aback by Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents. She smoulders.

Diane Keaton, I don't get.

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MD said...

Mia Farrow is the better Woody Allen muse in my opinion. Diane Keaton, though lovely, just seems a bit too *surface*, if you see what I mean (my mother, on the other hand, admires Diane Keaton for adopting a child in her fifties. I think my mother is trying to send me some kind of subtle message about my life, but I digress.....)

I tried to re-watch Manhattan the other day and I just couldn't get into it at all! I once really enjoyed that movie. What happened? I guess I am so much more "Hannah and her Sisters" these days, than "Annie Hall." And, how totally odd and kind of insulting to the fine actresses, really, that I think of them in terms of the Woody Allen movies they have been in....sorry, but it's the combo I liked, I guess.

*Oh, I still think a fashion blog like the sartorialist, with the fantastic pics of men and women of all ages and walks of life, does a better job of projecting a healthy image about aging than these Bridget-Jones'-Diary-for-the-fifties-set movies.

**I'll probably still see the movie. Darn it, marketing was made for people like me.

Sissy Willis said...

Old women should be heard and not seen.

Susan said...

MD, thanks for clueing me in on The Sartorialist.  I like it.  Ann
would particularly like this

Revenant said...

"Never been all that sexy"?! He's a lunatic.

Not only have I never fantasized about Keaton -- I can't even quite figure out why I ever would.

She's attractive, yes. Sexy, no.

I tried to re-watch Manhattan the other day and I just couldn't get into it at all! I once really enjoyed that movie. What happened?

Tastes change, I guess? It remains my favorite Allen film.

MD said...

Susan, it's fashion! What do you expect? :) They get bored doing long pants for men all the time, so they become (shudder) inventive.
Tucked in between the runway stuff are lots of street scenes that I find fascinating.

Revenant: tastes sure do change. In college, the whole Mariel Hemingway thing didn't bother me at all. Now, years later, it totally weirds me out. I mean, not that she's so young and Woody is older. Mariel's character just weirded me out. Oh, who am I kidding. I love Woody Allen movies, even those I don't like so much. That makes perfect sense, you know.

Bissage said...

[B]lake, this one’s for you:

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

EnigmatiCore implied that Apollonia’s a vamp.

Well, the thing of it is, some of those vamps clean up pretty nice.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

If that doesn’t work, I give up.

vbspurs said...

She's everywhere, Diane Keaton is.

During the Super Bowl, during the Golden Globes, in Clairol adverts, in insurance ads for seniors.

And forever wearing the Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang outfits. ENOUGH ALREADY!

She was cute for 30 minutes, but like Michelle Phillips, it's been downhill all the way since 1979.


vbspurs said...

Helen Mirren! She looked HOT at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

I'm totally agreeing with Katie here.

Kathleen Turner looks like a bloated chipmunk, although her voice still shivers my timbers.

But Sophia Loren is the most fit 70 year old anywhere.

She has legs at 70+ that I didn't have at 20.


EnigmatiCore said...

"EnigmatiCore implied that Apollonia’s a vamp."

You may have inferred that, that, but I implied no such thing.

I was talking in much more general terms.

Albatross said...

I nominate Isabella Rossellini. I'll take her over any of the others mentioned here any day.

vbspurs said...

Although Isabella is getting long in the tooth, the lady is not even 50, or just turned, no?

I LOVE Isabella Rossellini. She's one of my woman crushes.

But she's just not in the same age galaxy as say, Diane Keaton.

I'd like to nominate Catherine Deneuve.

The Hunger. Yowza!


DBrooks said...

Manhattan remains my favorite Allen movie, also. I like Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and others, but Manhattan is my favorite. I think Mariel Hemingway's character is unlikely, and uncomfortably similar to Woody's real life, but still quite appealing and effective. As for Diane Keaton, her role in Something's Gotta Give(for example)is really remarkable. Her scene outside a restaurant with Jack Nicholson is one of the few moments in film the last ten years that have moved me to the core. I think she is an incredible actress who is very underrated. People tend to underrate actors who seem to play themselves comfortably. It isn't that easy--look at John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Clint Eastwood--yes, they are all men, but they are also actors who were underrated because they seemed to effortlessly slip into an established persona. It's not that effortless, and Diane Keaton has some of the same quality in her work.

As for sexy--In a world were brainless, tattooed twits with big breasts or stubbled chins are considered "sexy," I agree that an apparently intelligent, interesting, and fit woman of Keaton's age doesn't fit that mold. However, a discriminating man wouldn't have much of an inner debate if he had to decide between Diane Keaton and one of the current pretenders.

hdhouse said...

Perhaps Oscar's 50 something blow up doll would do?

What would possess him to write such a mean spirited post? Is he really Norman Bates in drag?

Susan said...

For those struggling to find someone hot and in the 60 year old range how about 65 year old  Julie Christie,  63 year old  Lauren
or 59 year old Cheryl Tiegs ?

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Cat said...

Well, there are few who could be the commissioner, and I will take her over Sarandon any day, but would take Mirren over Keaton.

I'm really late to this game, but while I thought Diane Keaton never looked better in Something's Got to Give (I second the motion about the scene outside the restaurant - been there!), she thought she looked awful. Or so she said in an interview I read recently. She likes looking weird in her, as Victoria called it, chitty chitty bang bang clothes.

I originally didn't want to see SGG because it was marketed (IMHO) as a joke at how disgusting older women are. They highlighted Nicholson seeing her naked and saying, "I'm sorry...GOD am I sorry!" and ha ha ha...we all know what a horrible experience it is to see a 60 y/o woman naked (but Frankly Keaton looked much better than Nicholson...). I didn't want to see a movie where the aging woman was the joke. I was surprised that the movie was so good and the marketing was so off.

George said...

What's weird is that she has two kids, both of whom are adopted, and she has no husband, no boyfriend, or apparently a female partner either.

Then there's her obsession with covering up her body, especially with her omnipresent gloves.

A treat she.