Diane Keaton and Woody Allen were an iconic couple during the “Annie Hall” era, but Keaton’s new memoir, “Then Again,” reveals that she was battling some serious personal demons during those halcyon days.
The Daily Mail reports that Keaton regularly bailed out on dates with Allen so that she could go home to binge on “barely imaginable quantities of food.” She describes dinner as “a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, several orders of chips with blue cheese and ketchup, a couple of TV dinners, chocolate-covered almonds, a large bottle of 7Up, a pound of peanut brittle, M&Ms, mango juice, one Sara Lee pound cake, and three frozen banana-cream pies.”
Breakfast and lunch were similarly shocking. Keaton would vomit afterward, purging the food. In the book, Keaton searches for answers about her illness and questions whether it stemmed from resentment that as a child, she didn’t have money and treats on hand regularly.
“The demands of bulimia outshone the power of my desire for Woody. Pathetic, but true,” she writes. She was bulimic from age 22-25, when she recovered after Allen urged her to see a psychoanalyst every day for 18 months. Allen made a profound impact on her life.
“I miss Woody,” she says in the book. “He’d cringe if he knew how much I care about
him, but I’m smart enough not to broach the subject. I know he’s
borderline repulsed by the grotesque nature of my affection. What am I
supposed to do? I still love him.”