Drena De Niro

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Drena De Niro
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De Niro at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party.
Born (1971-09-03) September 3, 1971 (age 43)
New York City, New York
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1996–present
Children Leandro (2004)

Drena De Niro (born September 3, 1971) is an American actress and film producer.

Life and career[edit]

De Niro was born in New York City, New York. She is the daughter of actress Diahnne Abbott, and adopted daughter of Robert De Niro, whose last name she took upon her mother's marriage to him in 1976. She was named after river Drina in Serbia and Bosnia.

De Niro enjoyed a bohemian upbringing that saw her divide her time between New York City, Los Angeles, and Italy. This transient lifestyle is said to have been a driving factor in her embrace of the arts. Post schooling, she began her career in the entertainment industry working as a model.[1] Further driven by her interest in fashion and music she became a DJ and Fashion Consultant.[1] This led her to work as a musical supervisor for Giorgio Armani, serving as the creative force behind the coordination of musical backdrops for high fashion's most exclusive runway shows.[1]

Her transition to the field of acting began after landing a role in Allison Anders's Grace of My Heart. Since her premiere role, De Niro has worked with and trained under Larry Moss, author of the acting guide, Intent to Live, and Susan Batson of The Black Nexxus Acting Studio. With the turn of the millennium, De Niro set her sights on writing and directing her first film, Girls and Dolls. This documentary examined a young stylist's obsession with her dolls, and won De Niro the Best Directorial Debut Award at the New York Independent Film/Video Festival in 2001.

More recently De Niro's endeavors have led her back to Italy, where she worked on her latest film. Since 2006, she has been the spokesperson for the Kageno Orphan Sponsorship Program,[2] which helps provide care for orphaned children in Kageno villages. De Niro currently lives in New York City with her son.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Grace of My Heart Receptionist #1
1997 Wag the Dog Gate Stewardess
1998 Too Tired to Die Waitress
1998 Great Expectations Marcy
1999 At First Sight Caroline
1999 On the Run Rita
1999 24 Hour Woman, TheThe 24 Hour Woman Lori
1999 Personals Sherie
1999 Entropy Waitress
2000 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, TheThe Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle RBTV Lackey
2001 Freewheeling in Roma Keechie
2002 Showtime Annie
2002 Ghetto Dawg Semi
2002 City by the Sea Vanessa Hansen
2002 Soliloquy Kara
2003 Death of a Dynasty Female Staff Writer
2003 Love & Orgasms Betsy Vandercleef
2005 Freezerburn Nada the Handler
2005 Collection, TheThe Collection Various
2007 Lovebirds, TheThe Lovebirds Stella Clark
2009 Karma, Confessions and Holi Megan
2009 ExTerminators Dr. Press
2009 Day in the Life, AA Day in the Life P
2011 New Year's Eve Ahern Waitress - Ahern Party
2014 Hands of Stone Adele
2014 Welcome to New York Executive Assistant

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Witness to the Mob Girl in beauty shop
2002 Groovenians, TheThe Groovenians Glindy (voice) TV short
2012 NYC 22 SVU Det. Irma Bolland Episode: "Block Party"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Living the De Niro Dream, avenuemagazine.com, 2011
  2. ^ Orphan Sponsorship Assistance, Kageno.org

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