Diane Keaton’s Moisturizing Ads: Sexy, or Sellout?

Diane Keaton has always been an icon for me. One of the funniest movies of all times is ANNIE HALL. I’ve seen it so many times that, seriously, I think I can quote whole scenes from it. It is Woody Allen at his best.

That’s because he’s got Diane Keaton at his side: both as his muse, and as the thinly veiled subject of this quirkly little love story.

Talk about just scratching the surface.

Let’s face it: Ms. Keaton is no ditz. Her body of work—as an actor, producer/director, and photographer—is proof that we have in our midst a renaissance woman.

As an actress, her range is incredible. You see that in THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL, a thriller based on a John LeCarre book, in which she plays a woman recruited to be an Israeli spy. Another that proved to be a perfect cinematic vehicle for Keaton is REDS, playing journalist Louise Bryant, following her lover, John Reed, to witness  the fall of emperial Russia directed and produced by Warren Beatty — who was in fact her lover at the time.

She is also at the top of her game in MRS. SOFFEL, in which she starred in a period piece as the wife of a prison warden who runs away with a lusty prisoner: Mel Gibson. I’ve applauded the resurgence of her career in mid-life (SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, THE FAMILY STONE).

Lately, though, I’ve noticed her on ads for all kinds of things, including L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Restorative Hydrating Cream.

My idol has clay feet.

Or, perhaps, a few bills to pay.

Wouldn’t it be great if she didn’t have to shill for products?

Granted, she’s not the only one.

Which begs the question: Should big stars do these ads, or does it tarnish thier careers?

Take a poll to give your answer. Are the ads showing Diane Keaton sexy, or do they seem like a sell-out, considering her incredible acting career?

—Josie Brown

Josie Brown is SingleMindedWomen.com’s Relationships Channel editor.

Her next novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, hits bookshelves on June 1, 2010. Click here to order it now…