Diahnne Abbott is an African American actress who was quite popular in the 1970s. She was primarily known for acting in the blockbuster psychological thriller, Taxi Driver. Diahnne Abbott’s role was memorable. She came into the spotlight after marrying Robert De Niro.
Robert is a famous man whose career is spanning decades in filmmaking, acting, and producing films. After Abbott’s Taxi Driver role, she did some supporting roles in films. But after her marriage to Robert, she did not get much time to squeeze any roles. Diahnne Abbott and Robert are no longer together. Get to know more about Diahnne Abbott’s life story.
Diahnne Abbott Bio
Diahnne was born on January 1, 1945, in New York. Very little information is there on the net about her family. Her father is from Antigua. Gregory Abbott who is a renowned singer, musician, composer, and producer is her cousin. In her early years, she was a sports enthusiast. Enjoying football and volleyball was all-time her favorite thing. However, Diahnne Abbott always ought to be an actress. But not a sportswoman as a profession.
So, she used her passion for sports to get fit from her teenage years. Today she is also a fitness enthusiast. Regarding her educational path, she did her schooling at a local school in New York. To pursue her career in acting Diahnne did some acting courses.
Her Film Journey
Diahnne’s debut in Taxi Driver as an actress in 1976, gave her fame. Her role in opposite to her future husband, Robert De Niro, landed her the role of Concession Girl. While Robert played the main character of Travis Bickle. The movie was a huge success, and Abbott later admitted that it was good luck for her to start her acting career in such a movie. “Taxi Driver” won Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival of 1976. Robert De Niro was named the Best Actor, getting his Academy Award, while the movie also got an Oscar for Best Picture.
Further Success in Films
Her appearance in Alan Rudolph’s Welcome to L. A was appreciated widely. The film got huge success at the box office. Diahnne got a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s movie, New York, New York. She was noticed for performing the song of Fats Waller entitled “Honeysuckle Rose”. This theme song from the movie was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards as Best Original Song.
In 1983, Abbott played the role of Rita Keane in Martin Scorsese’s black comedy, The King of Comedy. Her role of playing Susan in Love Streams was also admired. In 1986, she appeared as Mother in Richard Pryor’s Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling. In 1988 Diahnne appeared in three episodes of the TV series “Crime Story”, portraying the character of Sonia.
Robert De Niro and Dianhee Abbott’s Relationship
Diahnne married the legend, Robert De Niro, in early 1976. Diahnne already had a daughter from her first relationship, Drena. Robert adopted her as his daughter. On 9 November 1976, the couple had their first child, a son named Raphael. But after spending a decade of togetherness, in 1988 the couple parted ways. After their divorce, Diahnne has never been in any other relationship.
While De Niro had an affair with former model Doris A. As per marriedbiography.org, “In 1997, Robert De Niro married the actress Grace Hightower, his second official wife. They separated in 1999, but then started living together again in 2004. In November 2018 the couple announced that they were separating after more than 20 years of on-off marriage. They had two more kids – Elliot and Helen, both born via a surrogate”.
What is Diahnne Doing Now?
As of now, she is 77 years old. The actress welcomed a new daughter-in-law into the family. Raphael’s wife Hanna Carnes Di Nero. Currently, she’s still living in New York City. She is leading a private life away from the glamour world. She is busy raising her children and grandchildren.