Diane Keaton Flips Over Ventriloquist Dummy Book

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Diane Keaton

The actress -- and collector of Americana kitsch -- volunteered to host a party for photographer/director Matthew Roston's "astonishing and spooky" new volume.

This story first appeared in the May 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

After a friend gave Diane Keaton a new photo book of ventriloquist dummies, the actress and collector of Americana kitsch flipped out.

"The pictures are astonishing and spooky," she says of photographer/director Matthew Rolston's Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits (Pointed Leaf Press). So she called him up pronto, and before she knew it, Keaton had agreed to play host to his book party.

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"Diane was so excited that I bribed her with a print," admits Rolston, who'll be feted May 10 at L.A.'s JF Chen gallery, which is mounting a pop-up exhibition of the works. The book is Rolston's first fine-art project: The celebrity photog shot the dummies in close-up at the Vent Haven Museum of ventriloquism in Fort Mitchell, Ky., making them appear like horror movie characters.

Host Keaton thinks she got the better end of the deal. "All I have to do now is show up," she says. "My kids were a little afraid of 'Uncle Eddie' when I first hung him, but they're getting used to him."