‘Glorious, glamorous and that old standby, amorous’: the late blossoming of Diane Keaton's romantic comedy career

  title={‘Glorious, glamorous and that old standby, amorous’: the late blossoming of Diane Keaton's romantic comedy career},
  author={Deborah Jermyn},
  journal={Celebrity Studies},
  pages={37 - 51}
  • D. Jermyn
  • Published 17 February 2012
  • Art
  • Celebrity Studies
In recent years, following films such as Something's Gotta Give (2003), Mama's Boy (2007) and Because I Said So (2007), Diane Keaton has emerged as ‘the poster woman’ for a body of newly inflected romantic comedies, films which have placed the desire of and for an older woman heroine at their centre. Through textual analysis, particularly of Something's Gotta Give (which was widely touted as her ‘comeback’ vehicle) and media discourses surrounding both this film and Keaton more broadly during… 

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  • J. Drife
  • Political Science
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 2011
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