Diane Keaton talks career, family, clothes [...] when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for director Woody Allen, Keaton says she was absolutely terrified. Keaton will get another chance to expand her speaking skills Thursday when she visits Houston for the Brilliant Lecture Series. Known for playing free-spirited, independent and eccentric characters, Keaton also is an accomplished photographer, real estate developer and acknowledged Pinterest addict known for her signature menswear, turtlenecks and long gloves. In 1996, at the age of 50, Keaton adopted a daughter, Dexter, followed by son Duke. Keaton talked with the Chronicle about her career, her gratitude to Allen and her mother, Dorothy Hall, and why she'll never stop wearing turtlenecks. What are you most proud of in your career? A: Because of Woody, I have had the opportunity to have a career I otherwise would not have had at all. (She starred in eight of his films.) That gave me all these other opportunities to employ myself and spend my time with my hobbies. To buy and sell homes, which I love. To be part of the preservation society for saving great architecture, particularly residential. All these things would have never ever happened without the opportunity to work with Woody. Is there anything you would change about your career path? (She won an Academy Award for her title role in Allen's 1977 film.) I think I should have done more of them, but I wasn't ready. When you live a life based simply on being you, it changes you a lot when you have to really spend time helping someone become an adult in the world, and caring for them and loving them. When I was in high school in the 1960s, she was always at the forefront of leading me to try anything that I was interested in. With so many celebrities in their 20s and 30s putting all their affairs out on social media, if you were that age now, would you do the same? [...] if you're a young actress now, you have to be in social media to be in the game. Rob Reiner (producer, director, actor) said one time, "Well, Diane, you and I, we've always been playing ourselves." What's the easiest and hardest thing about aging? The easiest thing is you have no choice (to age), if you're lucky. Women wearing pants and ties. [...] who wants to do it with me? [...] far, nobody.
Q: What are you doing right now?
A: Like right now? You know what I'm doing? I'm cutting out pictures that I saved from magazines for Pinterest. I'm addicted to Pinterest.
Q: Really, why?
A: It's the cyberspace world of visual imagery. I couldn't be more in love with visual imagery. I did one book, "House" (Rizzoli, 2012), and I'm going to do another book about a house, basically, about the dream I have of the house I'm building. I'm going to present the dream in imagery, then I'm going to show the reality at the end. So right now, I throw images onto my desk, then I edit them and put them in notebooks to put on Pinterest. I'm such an addict. It's soothing. It's beautiful.