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Diane Keaton Opens Up About Family, Home and Mentor Woody Allen: 'He Gave Me Everything'

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With age comes wisdom and Diane Keaton is certainly proof of that.

The actress, 69, opened up to AARP The Magazine about what it was like working with her famed mentor Woody Allen and what family and home have meant to her over the years.

“He gave me everything. It was a privilege to be in those films with him,” Keaton told the magazine. “I’ve never seen anybody more disciplined. For him, work is an art form.

“Work really is the answer to so many problems, and it’s a form of play, too, that you take very seriously and keep trying to expand. That’s something I learned from Woody.”

However, most of what the Godfather star has learned has come from outside of working. One major learning experience for Keaton was death of her mother, which she said changed her perspective.

“When I think about my life now, I try to be in the moment, cherish people I love and not be in pursuit of some abstract concept,” Keaton said, also adding that age has made her see things differently.

“In a way, this is the most interesting time,” she continued. “At this age, everything seems much more astonishing. Like, ‘Oh my goodness, look at that sycamore tree! Why didn’t I see that before?’ There’s a magical aspect, a wonder to being on this planet.”

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While she’s learned to accept and appreciate much of what is around her, Keaton still struggles to find home, telling the magazine that she’s renovated at least a dozen houses in the last 25 years in her search for home.

“I’ve always been looking for home,” Keaton said. “I feel like I’ve chased the concept of home with all the renovations and building I’ve done in my life, and I can’t stop. I can’t seem to stop having the dream of it.”

Read more about Keaton in the December/January issue of AARP The Magazine