Divine Diane: Annie Hall Fills a Great Hall

“There is no such thing as eternal youth,” said the actress Diane Keaton at the dinner honoring her lifetime achievement award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center. “Once you know that, it’s very liberating.”

The blue-rinse brigade was rolling deep at Avery Fisher Hall that night, April 9. The film clips and speeches from Ms. Keaton’s famous friends—Woody Allen, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Martin Short—ran more than two hours. Ms. Keaton herself of course, is timeless.

What’s her secret?

“I have no secret,” she insisted.

Does she meditate?

“No, I don’t.” Then Ms. Keaton turned and The Transom was suddenly talking to the back of her upturned white shirt collars, which was neatly stuffed into a long flowing black skirt.

“Having kids are the key to eternal youth, definitely,” said Candice Bergen, who, at 60, is about the same age as Ms. Keaton, 61.

“Sex, absolutely,” said P.R. potentate Bobby Zarem, 70.

Mr. Zarem then shared that he hadn’t smoked marijuana for 29 days. “I’m torn— because it’s a very constructive thing in terms of being creative, but in terms of being administrative, it’s not,” he said. “But everything I ever did that people called brilliant—seriously—was visual and induced to a large degree by smoking.”

Also, he had his trademark wiry hair shorn. But “it’s all internal,” he said. “It doesn’t matter about your hair.”

Divine Diane: Annie Hall Fills a Great Hall