As an actress, she has appeared in movies like The King of Comedy, Love Streams and Taxi Driver, all of which were popular productions at the time of their release but despite an admirable resume, Diahnne Abbott is mostly known as the former wife of Hollywood icon, Robert De Niro. Apart from being a known actress, Diahnne is also a singer.
Diahnne as an active member of Hollywood for over four decades has racked up credits across both movies and TV shows. In this article, we will, therefore, take a closer look at her career, her relationship with Robert De Niro and every other interesting thing you should know about her.
Diahnne Abbott – Bio
Diahnne Abbott was born on the 1st of May, 1945 in New York City. When it comes to her background, very little is known about the actress, and the only available fact is that her father is from Antigua and she is related to Gregory Abbott, the famed singer, music composer, and producer.
Diahnne’s emergence on the spotlight began in 1976 when she appeared in the movie, Taxi Driver, where she played an unnamed character. It was her debut movie, which featured her then-husband, Robert De Niro. Since then, she has gone on to appear in other productions like Welcome to L.A which was also released in 1976. Diahnne is known to be a talented singer and in the movie, New York, New York, she got to show off her singing skills.
She did not appear in any other project until 1982 when she returned to the big screen in the movie, The King of Comedy, which also featured Robert De Niro. In the movie, she played Rita Keane.
Over the next couple of years, Diahnne Abbott appeared in movies like Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, Love Streams and in the show, Crime Story. She went on a long hiatus after her last appearance in 1988 in Crime Story and did not return on to the screen till 2000 when she appeared in Before Night Falls. She has continued to make sparing appearances ever since, in movies like Soliloquy and James Abbott is Gone.
Family: Husband and Kids
While they were married, Diahnne Abbott and Robert De Niro had one biological child, a son named Raphael. They also shared another child, Drena, who was born out of Diahnne’s previous relationship but was adopted by the iconic actor.
The marriage that led to their children began in 1976, after a protracted period of being in a relationship. In the early years of their marriage, things were great with the couple, as they continued in the growth of their respective careers.
However, during the 80s, when Robert De Niro found his breakthrough as an actor, a behavior of drug abuse and womanizing began to derail their marriage. After a couple of years with no significant change, the couple eventually went their separate ways, getting a divorce in 1988 after twelve years of being married.
Their son, Raphael, was born in 1976 while Drena was born in September 1967. Through their children, both Diahnne Abbott and Robert De Niro have become grandparents, with Drena contributing one child while their son, Raphael has contributed three.
Her son, Raphael tried his hands in the family business, acting, but instead opted for a career as a realtor. He appeared in a single film, Love Streams and produced two, West 4th and James Abbott is Gone. Diahnne Abbott’s daughter, Drena, on the other hand, has stuck with acting and has appeared in a number of movies, including The Intern, where she co-starred with her father, The Lovebirds, Death of a Dynasty and a few more others.
Other Facts About Diahnne Abbott, Robert De Niro’s First Wife
- In the movie, The King of Comedy, where she played the character, Rita Keane, she played the object of Robert De Niro’s affections. At the time, she was married to him.
- When Diahnne Abbott and Robert De Niro relocated out of a rented condo in Bel Air, the landlord sued them for damages caused by their pets to the tune of $10 thousand.
- Her full birth name is Diahnne Eugenia Abbott.
- Diahnne’s ex-husband, Robert De Niro has won the academy award twice and has appeared in over 110 movies and TV shows.
- Her daughter, Drena is also a film producer, a fashion consultant, a model, and a movie director.