Diane Keaton: Mortality is daunting
Diane Keaton, 69, admits she is concerned about dying because she has two teenage adopted children to raise.
The Academy Award-winning actress turned 69 in January and is mother of two adopted teenage children.
Diane is currently promoting her new film 5 Flights Up, which centres on the plight of an aging couple, and the thespian commiserates with her character’s thought process.
“Because of your own lifespan, you need to be there for them. My daughter’s 19 now, my son is 14, and I think about that a lot. I’ve got to make sure that I’m healthy, I’ve got to make sure I’m around,” Diane told the New York Daily News of her concerns about passing away. “Nature made it so you have your children in your 20s and 30s, [so] probably you’re a little old to be doing this. You want to make sure they’re all right for as long as you’re able. That’s now my concern about being a mother at such a late age and being a single mother, too."
Diane adopted daughter Dexter in 1996 and son Duke in 2001, when she was still in her fifties.
When she is not worrying about death she keeps her mind occupied by filming movies, dabbling in photography and real estate.
But Diane confesses demise often crosses her mind when she boards an airplane.
“I take [a Xanax pill] every single time I go up, that’s how afraid I am,” she said of flying. “And I talk to the captain: ‘Is everything going to be OK? Is it going to be a bumpy flight?’ And of course it doesn’t give me any real reassurance at all, and then I’m still terrified.”
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