Diahnne Abbott is a former American actress, who is also known as the first wife of Robert De Niro, a Hollywood star, who is known worldwide.
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Early life and family
Diahnne Eugenia Abbott was born on January 1, 1945 in New York City, USA, so is of American nationality and her zodiac sign is Capricorn. Little is known about her family, but she once told that her father was from Antigua, and Diahnne’s cousin is Gregory Joel Abbott, a famous singer, composer, musician and producer. Diahnne spent most of her childhood in New York; since her early years she has been involved in many sports, football and volleyball; however, she always knew she wanted to be an actress, not a professional sportswoman. So she used her passion for active games to her advantage, to keep fit from her teenage years and to care about her health.
Diahnne graduated from her local New York high school in 1963. There is no information about her further education, but it is known that she took drama and acting courses to pursue her acting career.
Starting her acting career
Diahnne made her debut as an actress in 1976, when she starred opposite her future husband, Robert De Niro, in Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” – Diahnne landed the role of Concession Girl, while De Niro played Travis Bickle’s protagonist. The film was a huge success and Diahnne later admitted that she was lucky enough to start her acting career in such a film. “Taxi Driver” won Palme d’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, and Robert De Niro was named Best Actor and received his Academy Award, while the film was named Best Picture and also received an Oscar.
It’s worth saying that Jodie Foster, who played Iris, also won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress – she was 12 years old when she was cast for the role, and there was a lot of controversy about the situation of such’ filming a young girl in the film depicting so much violence.
In the same year, Diahnne also appeared as Jeanette Ross in Alan Rudolph’s “Welcome to LA”. The film was very successful, and Newsweek called the ‘an extraordinary debut’ for Alan Rudolph; critics also praised the work of the film’s actors and actresses.
The following year, Diahnne landed a supporting role in another Martin Scorsese film, “New York, New York,” in which one of the Harlem Club singers performed Fats Waller’s song titled “Honeysuckle Rose”; the film’s theme song was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards as Best Original Song, while Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro were nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor.
In 1983, Diahnne played the role of Rita Keane in Martin Scorsese’s black comedy “The King of Comedy”, and in 1084 she played Susan in “Love Streams”. In 1986, she appeared as a mother in Richard Pryor’s “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling”; Pryor also produced the film and played the main character. In 1988, Diahnne appeared in three episodes of the TV series “Crime Story”, portraying the character Sonia.
Last works and life after quitting acting
After a nearly 12-year hiatus between shoots, Diahnne returned to acting as Blanca Romero in 2000 in “Before Night Falls”, a biographical drama directed by Julian Schnabel. In 2002, Diahnne landed the part of Leah in “Soliloquy”; she has not acted in any other movies or TV series since then.
Personal life, ex-husband Robert De Niro
Diahnne married legendary Hollywood actor Robert De Niro in early 1976, when he was 33 years old, and she had just turned 31. Diahnne already had a daughter from her first relationship, Drena, and De Niro adopted her as soon as he and Diahnne married. On November 9, 1976, Diahnne gave birth to their first child, a son named Raphael.
In 1988 the couple divorced. Diahnne has never been noticed in another relationship, while Robert De Niro had an affair with former model Doris A. “Toukie” Smith – they had twin sons – Aaron and Julian – delivered from a surrogate mother. In 1997, Robert De Niro married actress Grace Hightower, his second official wife. They separated in 1999, but moved back in 2004. In November 2018, the couple announced their split after more than 20 years of on-off marriage; they had two more children – Elliot and Helen, both born through a surrogate.
Robert De Niro’s Successful Acting Career
Diahnne’s ex-husband, Robert Anthony De Niro Jr., is a popular Hollywood actor, director and producer, known for his numerous successful works.
He began his acting career in 1965, appearing in such films as “Trois Chambres à Manhattan”, “Encounter” and “Les Jeunes Loups”. His career became so successful, not without the influence of Martin Scorsese, who was a close friend of De Niro, and often invited him to appear in his films. For example, Robert appeared in more than a dozen films directed by Scorsese, including “Mean Streets” (1973), “New York, New York” (1977), “Casino” (1995) and “The Irishman” (2019). However, his biggest success in his 30s was De Niro’s lead role in the sequel to “The Godfather”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola – in “The Godfather: Part II” De Niro played the role of Vito Corleone, opposite Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Robert Duvall.
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Among his latest works, one can see “Joker” (2019), starring Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie and Beetz; “The Wizard of Lies” (2017), with Michelle Pfeiffer and Alessandro Nivola; “War with Grandpa” (2020), in which Robert took on the role of Ed.
Diahnne’s daughter, Drena De Niro
Diahnne’s eldest daughter from her relationship with the unknown male is called Drena. She is a former model who now works as an actress. Born on September 3, 1967, Drena started her modeling career when she was not yet 18 years old, while her acting career started in 1996, as a receptionist in “Grace of My Heart”.
She later landed roles in such films as “Wag the Dog” (1997), “Too Tired to Die” (1998) and “Great Expectations” (1998), in which she played Marcy. She later appeared in films such as “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” (2000), “City by the Sea” (2002), in which she played the role of Vanessa Hansen, and “Freezerburn” (2005), in which she portrayed Nada the Handler. Drena has appeared as a supporting actress in “Welcome to New York” (2014), “The Intern” (2015) and “Joy” (2015), and the list of her latest works includes “Hands of Stone” (2016), ” Furlough” (2018) and “A Star Is Born” (2018), a biopic about Lady Gaga’s music career, in which Drena landed the role of Paulette Stone.
Diahnne’s son, Raphael De Niro
Born on November 9, 1976, Raphael De Niro is a former actor, who is now busy working in the New York real estate market. While pursuing his acting career, patronized by his famous father, he has appeared in such films as “Awakenings” and “Raging Bull”. He also acted as producer on the documentary “James Abbott is Gone” (2013). Later, partly because his paternal grandmother, Virginia Admiral, invested in real estate in New York, Raphael switched to this business. As of 2020, Raphael is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Tribeca Film Institute.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Diahnne has always been fond of sports but due to her age had to give up all her sports activities but she does some yoga now and then.
She spends most of her time with her family and takes care of her four grandchildren, as Drena has one child and Raphael has three children.
Appearance, clothing style
Diahnne has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She is 1.70 m tall and weighs about 64 kg; her vital statistics are currently unavailable. As for her dress style, Diahnne prefers long dresses with oriental patterns; she hates wearing high heels and can often be seen wearing sandals.
Wealth and salary
- 1 Early life and family
- 2 Educational background
- 3 Career
- 4 Personal life, ex-husband Robert De Niro
- 5 Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- 6 Appearance, clothing style
- 7 Wealth and salary