Subsequently, Keaton made her Broadway debut in the original run of Hair in 1968. And the following year she bagged a part in Play It Again, Sam, staged by Woody Allen – although she almost missed out on the role for being two inches taller than him. Ultimately, though, Keaton landed the part and also earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance.
Then, three years later, Keaton made her breakthrough on the silver screen. Yes, in 1972 she portrayed Kay Adams, the girlfriend of Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone, in The Godfather. And she then reprised the role in the equally acclaimed sequel, The Godfather Part II.
But it was to be the 1977 romantic comedy Annie Hall that would solidify Keaton as an icon of the acting world. Woody Allen – who co-wrote and directed the film – based the titular character on the actress and his off-screen romance with her. In fact, Allen even named the character after Keaton; Annie was one of her nicknames, while Hall is her original last name.