Diane Keaton: I Became Bulimic at 19

Celebrity Body Nov. 10, 2011 AT 6:29PM
Diane Keaton: I Became Bulimic at 19 Credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Diane Keaton is a legendary actress known for her unique style, natural grace, and quirky charm. In her new memoir, Then Again, the Oscar-winning actress, 65, reveals she suffered from bulimia at the age of 19, and grew up with a poor self-image. "I was friendly looking, no Candice Bergen. The smile maybe, was all I had," she wrote in her book of blonde actress Bergen, now 65, who also became a star in the '70s.

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The Annie Hall star developed the eating disorder in 1965 when a Broadway director cast her as an understudy for the role of Sheila in the musical Hair with one condition: that she lose 10lbs. Desperate to win the part, the actress obliged to the director's demands.

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In her memoir, Keaton writes that psychoanalysis helped her recover from her five-year-long battle with bulimia and body dysmorphia. Her major stride was gaining control one day, to not "open a half a gallon of rocky road ice cream," she remembered.

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Keaton now lives in Los Angeles and has two adopted children, daughter Dexter, 15, and son Duke, 10. Although the actress never married, she's dated a string of Hollywood heavyweights, including Woody Allen (she was sick for part of their romance but he never knew), Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, and the late Steve Jobs.

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