Diane Keaton and Michael Keaton are two of the most acclaimed and versatile actors in Hollywood. They have starred in iconic films such as “The Godfather”, “Annie Hall”, “Beetlejuice” and “Batman”. But are they related by blood or by name? Many fans have wondered about this question for years, and the answer might surprise you.
The Keaton Name is Not Their Real Name
Contrary to some speculation, Diane Keaton and Michael Keaton are not related at all. In fact, Keaton is not their birth name either. Both of them changed their last names early in their careers for professional reasons.
According to Nicki Swift, Diane was born as Diane Hall in 1946. When she had to register for an Actors’ Equity card, she found out that someone with her name was already registered. She considered other names, such as Dorrie Hall and Corry Hall, before settling on Diane Keaton as her stage name. She was inspired by her mother’s maiden name, which was Keaton.
Michael was born as Michael Douglas in 1951. However, when he joined the Screen Actors Guild, he discovered that there were already two other actors with that name: the famous Michael Douglas and a TV host named Mike Douglas. He decided to change his last name to avoid confusion and legal issues. He told Collider that he randomly picked Keaton from the alphabet. He said he thought he would change it later to something cooler, but he never did.
The Keatons Have Never Worked Together
Despite sharing the same last name and being in the same industry for decades, Diane Keaton and Michael Keaton have never worked together on screen. They have met each other a few times at events and awards shows, but they have never collaborated on a project.
According to Hollywood Mask, Diane once joked about their non-existent relationship in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in 2017. She said that she wished Michael was her brother because he was so talented and handsome. She also said that she loved his performance in “Birdman” and that she wanted to work with him someday.
Michael has also expressed his admiration for Diane in the past. He told Backstage that he was a fan of her work since he saw her in “Annie Hall”. He said that she was one of his favorite actors of all time and that he would love to do a comedy with her.
The Keatons Have Their Own Families
Diane Keaton and Michael Keaton are not related by blood or by marriage, but they have their own families and personal lives. Diane has never been married, but she has dated several famous men, such as Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. She has two adopted children: a daughter named Dexter and a son named Duke.
Michael has been married twice: first to Caroline McWilliams from 1982 to 1990, and then to Courteney Cox from 1990 to 1995. He has one son named Sean from his first marriage. He is currently dating an actress named Sherry West.
The Keatons may share a common name, but they have different stories and backgrounds. They are both legends in their own right, and they have made their mark on Hollywood with their talent and charisma. They are not related, but they are certainly respected by each other and by their fans..