Introducing a new blog and Sentinel category, Santa Ana Showbiz!, where the Santa Ana – Hollywood connections of yesteryear and today are examined.
Diane Keaton tells of growing up in Santa Ana in her book, Then Again. The graduate of Santa Ana High worked at the Broadway Theater, and at J.J. Newberry’s at Honer Plaza. She describes the Santa Ana of the late 1950s, with its characteristic homes and lawns and how she and her mother used to shop at thrift stores around town, namely the Salvation Army shop (near First & Fairview streets) and the Goodwill, probably the one on Fifth and Fairview.
Diane Keaton, an Academy Award Winning Best Actress for her role in Annie Hall, appeared in The Godfather, with another former Santa Ana resident, Marlon Brando. A street near Santa Ana High School is named after her, the one where the tennis courts are at, intersecting with First street.