Academy Award-Winning Actress Diane Keaton to Speak at Cancer Center Luncheon

Published On 08/22/2012

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11th annual event presented by Methodist Healthcare Foundation and The West Clinic

Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton will reflect on her life, values and upbringing, as well as her journey to becoming a successful actress at the annual Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon on Friday, November 16, 2012, at 11:45 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at The Peabody Hotel. A woman who has defied stereotypes, Keaton will share her thoughts on gender and aging in Hollywood, being fearless, and balancing both work and family. 

Tickets are on sale now.  Individual tickets start at $125 and a table of ten starts at $1,250. Tickets are available for general, preferred, and prime seating. To reserve your seat, call 901-516-0500 or purchase tickets online at www.methodisthealth.org/cancerluncheon. Proceeds from this year’s luncheon will benefit the Methodist Cancer Center.

Keaton is a multi-talented actress and director with a career spanning several decades. Practically unrivaled in her cinematic accomplishments, she has appeared in over 50 films, including The Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, Reds, The First Wives Club and Father of the Bride I & II. Keaton has deftly taken on a wide range of roles that have showcased her ability in mastering both comedy and drama. The lead in the 1977 film Annie Hall was Keaton’s breakout role and had been written expressly for her by the movie’s director, Woody Allen, who was also her boyfriend at the time. This role was based on her real-life self and created using Keaton’s nickname “Annie” and real last name “Hall”. She received an Oscar for Annie Hall, which also won an Oscar for Best Picture. Keaton went on to mesmerize Hollywood with her quirky personality and fashion sense. In addition to her Oscar win, Keaton has garnered 23 award nominations and 17 wins.

Admired for her talent and intelligent humor, Keaton has bridged genres and generations, channeling her creative energy not only as an actress, but also as a photographer, director, producer, and author. Her memoir, Then Again, a poignant and personal reflection on Keaton’s career as well as her close relationship with her late mother, was released in 2011. A gifted talent, Keaton has always been very much her own person, bringing her unique perspective to her work while living life by her own rules.

With a distinctly modern sense of self-awareness that is reflected in her authentic persona, Keaton combines a formidable wit with her sublime comedic talent. Today she continues to act and direct, remaining popular with crowds from teenagers to senior citizens. Keaton is a rare breed of performer whose appeal spans generations.