New York: Diane Keaton has revealed in her memoir that a crippling eating disorder took over her life when she was dating Woody Allen.
The 65-year-old actress, who has made the revelation in ‘Then Again: A Memoir’, also said that she was suffering from bulimia when she was playing some of the funniest roles of her career.
“The demands of bulimia outshone the power of my desire for Woody,” the New York Daily News quoted her as writing.
“Pathetic, but true,” she wrote.
The actress began suffering from the eating disorder in 1968 when she was asked to lose weight for the Broadway show ‘Hair’.
For years she would eat enormous amounts of food and then vomit afterwards, and while she knew it wasn’t normal, she didn’t know it was bulimia.
“It was just this trick you could do. It’s a horrible problem. Ugly and awful,” she added.
She also said that the 75-year-old director, who was her co-star in the comedies ‘Play It Again, Sam’ and ‘Sleeper’ during their relationship, had no idea about the disorder.
Allen sent her to a psychoanalyst who helped her cope with her eating disorder, and suddenly, at the age of 25, Keaton began eating normally.
Although the two ended their relationship in the mid 1970’s because they realised that they weren’t meant to be as lovers, they continued to be co-stars and close friends.