Diane KeatonAward-winning actress, director and producer Diane Keaton will speak at SMU May 4 as part of the 2009-10 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. The evening lecture begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Keaton has become a Hollywood legend over a career spanning four decades. After starting out as a drama student at Santa Ana College in California, she moved to New York to study acting in the Neighborhood Playhouse. In 1970, Woody Allen cast her in his Broadway production of Play It Again, Sam, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Later adapted for film, it became the first of Keaton’s starring roles. Her most famous role came in the 1977 film Annie Hall, which director Allen wrote for her. The movie established Keaton as a star and won her both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Since then, Keaton has produced, directed or acted in 50 movies and television shows, garnering 18 awards and 23 additional nominations – including Best Actress Oscar nominations for Reds (1981), Marvin’s Room (1996) and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), for which she won a Golden Globe.

Keaton will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. May 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP online to ensure a place.

The Tate Series’ 2010-11 season will be announced at Keaton’s evening lecture, which is sold out. Watch SMU Forum for more information after the announcement, and learn more at smu.edu/tateseries.