Friends and co-stars of Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton are lining up to honor her at the American Film Institute life achievement awards ceremony on Thursday, June 8. The AFI has announced that Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Steve Martin, Meryl Streep, and Reese Witherspoon will be among stars offering tributes at the Hollywood event. Others will be added to the roster soon. The taped program will air June 15 on cable network TNT.
Keaton won the Academy Award as Best Actress for “Annie Hall” (1977). Her film career has also included “The Godfather” (1972), “Sleeper” (1973), “Manhattan” (1979), “Reds” (1981), “Father of the Bride” (1991), “The First Wives Club” (1996), “Marvin’s Room” (1996), and “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003).
Prior to picking composer John Williams last year, the AFI had only opted for actors, actresses, and directors beginning way back in the 1970s when the recipients were director John Ford (1973), actor James Cagney (1974), director/actor Orson Welles (1975), director William Wyler (1976), actress Bette Davis (1977), actor Henry Fonda (1978), and director Alfred Hitchcock (1979).
Freeman, Martin, and Streep are all prior AFI life achievement recipients themselves. Along with those three and Williams, others still alive are: actor Kirk Douglas (1991), actor Sidney Poitier (1992), actor Jack Nicholson (1994), director Steven Spielberg (1995), actor/director Clint Eastwood (1996), director Martin Scorsese (1997), actor Dustin Hoffman (1999), actor Harrison Ford (2000), actress/director Barbra Streisand (2001), actor/director Tom Hanks (2002), actor Robert De Niro (2003), director George Lucas (2005), actor Sean Connery (2006), actor Al Pacino (2007), actor/director Warren Beatty (2008), actor/producer Michael Douglas (2009), actress Shirley MacLaine (2012), director/actor Mel Brooks (2013), and actress Jane Fonda (2014).
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