Grace Hightower

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Grace Hightower
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Hightower attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
Born (1955-04-07) April 7, 1955 (age 59)
United States
Occupation Philanthropist
Socialite
Actress
Singer
Flight attendant
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Robert De Niro (m. 1997)
Children Elliot (1998)
Helen Grace (2011)

Grace Hightower De Niro (born April 7, 1955) is an American philanthropist, socialite, actress, and singer. She has been married to actor Robert De Niro since 1997.

Career[edit]

As a philanthropist, Hightower launched "Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda" in 2013 with the mission of improving Rwandan livelihoods by marketing their products internationally. She is a board member of the New York Women's Foundation and the New York Fund for Public Schools as well as a member of Ronald Perlman's Women's Heart Health Advisory Council and the International Women's Coffee Alliance. Hightower has been honored for her work by numerous institutions including the American Cancer Society of New York City.

As a socialite, Hightower's gala 55th birthday party was covered in Vogue magazine by André Leon Talley.[1] In 2010, she presented the Pratt Institute's Creative Spirit Award to director, Lee Daniels.[2]

As an actress, Hightower has had minor roles in various movies including Precious (2009) and The Paperboy (2012). Additionally, she had a minor part in the ABC TV series, NYPD Blue, in the 1994 Season One episode entitled "Zeppo Marks Brothers".[3]

As a singer, she performed the lead vocals for the track, "Somethin's Comin' My Way", written by Dan Manjovi for the 2009 Precious movie soundtrack.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Hightower's husband is actor Robert De Niro, whom she met at Chow's restaurant in New York City[5] in 1987 and married in 1997. Hightower was a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines from 1977 until she married De Niro.[6] In 1998, at the age of 42, she gave birth to the couple's first child, son Elliott.[7] The couple's early marital woes were a hot tabloid topic when De Niro filed for divorce in 1999 and sued Hightower for custody of their son in 2001. However, the two worked things out, and by 2004 the divorce was dropped and they renewed their vows. In 2011 the couple had their second child via surrogate, daughter Helen Grace.[8] The couple and their two children currently reside in New York City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grace Hightower's Birthday Party", André Leon Talley, Vogue, April 8, 2010, Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "20th Anniversary of Black Alumni of Pratt: A Celebration of the Creative Spirit", Events, Black Tie International, May 26, 2010
  3. ^ "Full credits for NYPD Blue episode entitled "Zeppo Marks Brothers"". IMDb. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Precious movie soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://katiecouric.com/videos/catching-up-with-grace-hightower-de-niro/
  6. ^ "De Niro, Wife Renew Wedding Vows", Todd Peterson, People, November 22, 2004, Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  7. ^ "Robert and Grace De Niro have first child, Elliott". IMDb. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Robert and Grace De Niro have second child, Helen Grace". IMDb. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 

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