Veteran award-winning American actor, producer and director Robert De Niro has been married twice, first to Diahnne Abbott and then to Grace Hightower. Grace, an African American philanthropist and socialite, is also an occasional actress and singer. She married Robert in 1997 and after an initial marital crisis which she managed to resolve and then renewed her vows, it was reported in November 2018 that Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro had split. Read on for more details about Grace and her marriage to the actor.
Grace Hightower – Bio (Alter)
Grace Hightower was born circa 1955 and grew up in Kilmichael, Mississippi. Although there is no available information about her parents, she is known to be a descendant of the Blackfoot people and is also an African American.
As Grace Hightower grew up, she did other jobs to support her poor family. She later began working as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines, which attracted her to the opportunity to explore new places. Settling in Paris and later London, she worked at various times as a mutual fund trader and in restaurants including Mr. Chow, a high-end Chinese restaurant in London and a favorite haunt for celebrities.
As a humanitarian, Grace Hightower in 2013,founded Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda, inspired by a plea for dinner engagement from the Rwandan President. The company aims to improve the Rwandan people’s source of income by promoting and selling their products. She serves on the boards of the New York Women’s Foundation and the New York Fund for Public Schools.
In addition, Grace is also on the advisory boards of Ronald Perelman’s Women’s Heart Health and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance. As a result of her many contributions to the advancement of human well-being, she has been recognized by various institutions, including the American Cancer Society of New York City.
Grace Hightower’s celebration of her 55th birthday was a gala event hosted by André Leon Talley and starring Vogue magazine. In 2010 she attended the Pratt Institute awards ceremony and presented the Creative Spirit Award to director Lee Daniels.
Wealth (income and earnings)
Grace Hightower is obviously a hard worker. She has appeared in supporting roles in various films including the 2009 drama film Precious and The Paper Boy (2012) . She has also appeared on television in a supporting role in the police drama series NYPD Blue, formerly aired on ABC. The series featured Grace in the 1994 season one episode “Zeppo Marks Brothers”.
Besides acting, Grace also sings. She showed off her singing talent in 2009 when she performed lead vocals on the track. ” Something’s Coming My Way, ” For the soundtrack of the film Precious.
The beautiful lady who is also an entrepreneur has grown her coffee business, giving Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda an enviable position which, along with her other ventures, has resulted in an estimated combined net worth of US$16 million.
Her husband and children
While working at Mr. In 1987, Grace Hightower met her future husband, Robert De Niro, and they began dating. However, they did not marry until ten years later. They tied the knot at De Niro’s in Marbletown in 1997 and welcomed their first child together, a son named Elliot, the following year.
A year after the birth of their son, the couple faced serious marital problems, which prompted Grace Hightower’s husband to file for divorce. A messy custody battle ensued over their son Elliot, who was barely a year old at the time. Thankfully, the two eventually settled their differences and dropped the divorce process by 2004. So they renewed their marriage vows.
In 2011, Grace Hightower and her husband welcomed their second child, a daughter named Helen Grace, through a surrogate mother. In March 2016, De Niro announced that his son Elliot has autism. He made the revelation following the controversy that erupted after he screened the documentary Vaxxed, which talks about the relationship between vaccination and autism , at the Tribeca Film Festival.
After spending 30 years of their lives together – 10 years dating and 20 years marriage – Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro separated in 2018.