Who Is Robert De Niro’s First Wife, Diahnne Abbott?

Diahnne Abbot

Diahnne Abbott – born January 1, 1945, is 79 years old.

Abbott is an American actress and singer who is widely recognized as the ex-wife of award-winning actor Robert De Niro. She is also known for featuring in popular movies and TV series such as Before Night Falls, Taxi Driver, and Crime Story.

Although Diahnne Abbott is famous for being the ex-wife of legendary actor Robert De Niro, she equally has a successful career as an actress and singer. Read on to explore further facts about Robert De Niro’s wife.

Profile summary of Diahnne Abbott
  • Name: Dianne Abbott
  • Date of birth: January 1, 1945
  • Age: 79
  • Place of birth: New York, United States of America
  • Nationality: American
  • Marital status: Divorced
  • Spouse: Robert De Niro (ex-husband)
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches
  • Occupation: Actress and singer
  • Years active: 1976 to present
  • Net worth: $10 million

How old is Diahnne Abbott?

Diahnne Abbott, otherwise known as Diahnne Eugenia Abbott or Diahnne Dea was born on January 1, 1945, to her parents in New York City. The 79-year-old is an American by nationality and is of multiracial (African-American) ethnicity with her zodiac sign being Capricon.

Information on her parents such as their names, religion, and ethnicity is not available from any source, although according to the information gathered, her father is from Antigua and immigrated to New York when she was still a little girl. Diahnne’s father by profession was a welder while her mother worked as a nurse.

The actress has not revealed details about her childhood days and to this effect, we cannot say for sure if she was the only child of her parents or had siblings whom she grew up alongside.

Speaking on her educational background, Diahnne Abbott completed her primary school and had her high school education at a local school in New York and went further to get higher studies at the University of Cambridge but was not able to finish as her interest in the entertainment industry made her lose focus in her academics.

Diahnne Abbott began her career in 1976

Diahnne began her career as far back as 1976 and has been active to date. She made her film debut in the psychological thriller movie titled Taxi Driver, playing the character of a concession girl. She went ahead and featured in the musical drama Welcome to L.A.

In 1977, she appeared in the musical drama New York, New York where she was given the opportunity to showcase her singing skills by playing the role of a Harlem club singer. One of her major hits came on the set of the black comedy The King of Comedy where she played the character of Rita Keane. This was the first time the actress got to take up the role of the main character.

After taking a break from acting following her divorce, Diahnne returned to the screen in 2000, playing the role of Bianca Romero in the drama Before Night Falls directed by Julian Schnabel. Her last appearance was in the movie Soliloquy where she played the role of Leah and has since then not been seen in any other movie or TV series.

Diahnne Abbot’s movies and TV shows


  • Taxi Driver as Concession Girl – 1976
  • Welcome to L.A. as Jeannette Ross – 1976
  • New York, New York as Harlem Club Singer – 1977
  • The Big Fix as Woman playing poker (uncredited) – 1978
  • The King of Comedy as Rita Keane – 1982
  • Love Streams as Susan 1984
  • Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling as Mother – 1986
  • Before Night Falls as Blanca Romero – 2000
  • Soliloquy as Leah – 2002
  • Lea’s Soliloquy as Lea – 2006
  • James Abbott Is Gone – 2013
  • The King of Comedy: Deleted and Extended Scenes (Video short) as Rita Keane – 2014
  • Day After Day as Radio DJ (voice) – 2017

TV series

  • Horn of Plenty (TV Short) – 1986
  • Crime Story as Sonia – 1988

Diahnne Abbott’s ex-husband, Robert De Niro is a Hollywood legend

Robert De Niro – image source

Robert De Niro is a famous legendary Hollywood actor, director, and producer. Robert began his acting career as far back as 1965, featuring in movies such as Trois Chambres `a Manhattan, Les Jeunes Loups, and Encounter.

One of his hit movies which helped his career reach its peak is The Godfather: Part II where he played the role of Vito Corleone alongside Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton. He has since gone ahead to feature in many other movies such as The Irishman, Joker, The Wizard of Lies, War with Grandpa, and many others. Robert De Niro has had a very successful career as an actor and is today one of the big names in the Hollywood movie industry.

Diahnne and Robert De Niro met on the set of the movie “Taxi Driver”

Diahnne Abbott and her ex-husband Robert De Niro were married for 12 years (1976 – 1988). The pair met each other on set for the movie Taxi Driver in 1976. Robert De Niro was said to be preparing for his role while Diahnne was auditioning to play the role of a Porn Theatre girl. They both got into the same taxi and that was where a conversation started. She goes on to tell him about her life, her daughter from her past marriage, and her divorce.

They became friends first, then later fell in love with each other and began dating while filming the movie Taxi Driver. Robert and Diahnne decided to take their relationship to the next level and got married on April 28, 1976, in a wedding ceremony attended by family members and friends.

Sadly, twelve years into their marriage in 1988, the pair got divorced as a result of Robert De Niro’s substance addiction and extramarital affairs which were out of control to the extent he began humiliating her publicly. Moving on from the divorce Robert De Niro went on to start dating former model Doris A. “Toukie” Smith and they had twin sons from a surrogate mother. In 1997, he went on to marry Grace Hightower and they got separated in 1999 and reunited in 2004 after which they finally got separated in 2018

Talking about Diahnne Abbott, she just faded from the radar and chose to maintain a low profile. It is not known if she remarried or got involved in any romantic relationship with anyone.

Diahnne Abbot’s children

Diahnne’s marriage to Robert De Niro was blessed with a son named Raphael De Niro and a daughter Drena De Niro from Diahnne’s previous marriage who was adopted by Robert De Niro.

Raphael De Niro

Raphael De Niro was born on November 9, 1976, in Los Angeles, California, and was named after the hotel in Rome, Italy where he was conceived. The celebrity child is a real estate broker and is also an actor following in his parent’s footsteps.

He has been featured in quite a number of movies such as Love Streams (1984), West 4th (2007), Raging Bull (1980), James Abbott is Gone (2013), and others. He is also the founder and CEO of “The De Niro Team” a real estate team that works with the firm Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Raphael is also a family man. He was once married to Claudine De Matos with whom he shares three children, they got divorced in January 2020 after five years of separation. He later moved on from his divorce and got engaged to Hannah Carnes who is a professional hairstylist in May 2017, they both share a child which makes it a total of four children for Raphael De Niro.

Drena De Niro

Drena De Niro was born on September 3, 1967, in New York City. Drena was named after a river in the book “The Bridge on the Drina” by Ivo Andric. She is the first child born to Diahanne from her past relationship before she met Robert De Niro who adopted Drena as his child in 1976 after their wedding.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Drena is into music and acting. She has appeared in some movies and TV series such as When They See Us (2019), Joy (2015), A Star is Born (2018), and others. Showing her musical skill, she has gone ahead to work as a music supervisor for Giorgio Armani.

Drena also has a child named Leandro Rodriguez whom she shares with her ex-boyfriend Carlos Rodriguez.

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Diahnne Abbott has a net worth of $10 million

According to information gathered from multiple sources, Diahnne Abbott has a whooping net worth of $10 million with her source of income being her career as an actress and other endeavors. Regardless of the fact that she now maintains a low profile and has not been in public view for a long time, Diahnne Abbott is surely living a comfortable and luxurious life.

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