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Diane Keaton is the perfect baby boomer cover girl for AARP: The Magazine. At 66, she’s as attractive, charming, energetic, funny and involved as ever. In the new issue, she talks about her parents, her son Duke, 11, daughter Dexter, 16, as well as sex, love, aging and plastic surgery, something all women over 60 probably think about.
“My thinking about plastic surgery is this,” Keaton says. “I haven’t had it, but never say never. Because when you do, you are definitely going to go there. I said I would never have intercourse before I was married, and I did. I said I would never go to a psychiatrist, and I spent much of my life in psychoanalysis. I’ve done all kinds of things I said I wouldn’t do and, of course, now I’m glad. Thrilled.”
Taking care of her children is a still a full-time job, but her hobby is preserving old California homes– she’s also writing an architecture book for Rizzoli New York. She’s a L’Oreal Paris beauty spokesmodel and a brand ambassador for a line of clothing at the national chain called Chico’s.
Her film career certainly belies the notion that there are no film roles for women over 60. Keaton’s new ensemble comedy, Darling Companion, also starring Kevin Kline, is about a woman who cares more about a dog she rescues than her husband. She also just wrapped another film, The Wedding, due out in late 2012 with Robert De Niro. In the film, the actors play a divorced couple who must pretend to be married again.
On Aging: “I never understood the idea that you’re supposed to mellow as you get older. Slowing down isn’t something I relate to at all. The goal is to continue in good and bad, all of it. To continue to express myself, particularly. To feel the world. To explore. To be with people. To take things far. To risk. To love. I just want to know more and see more.The best part is that I’m still here and, because the end is in sight, I treasure it all more.
On New Romance: “It’s not something I can visualize right now. The best relationships develop out of friendships. That’s the shame. At this stage I don’t correlate any of the friendships I have with sex, and, honestly, once you bring sex into a friendship — Ooh! Whew! Oh! — that’s a slippery slope into disaster.”
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