Diahnne Abbott is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing supporting roles in films of the 1970s and 1980s, involving “Taxi Driver”. She was married to ‘Robert De Niro’ who is an amazing actor, producer, and director. He has been in the movie industry for a solid 12 years and is a prominent name in Hollywood.
Diahnne survived the marriage for a little over a decade before calling it ends with Robert in the late 80s. Here is all you need to know about the famous actor’s first wife.
Caption: Actress Diahnne Abbott attends “The King of Comedy” Closing Night Screening Gala during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival
Diahnne Abbott: Bio
The actress was born as Diahnnne Eugenia Abbott on January 1, 1945, in New York City, New York, United States. There isn’t any information about her family she grew up in or about her educational history. However, her race can be traced to the Island of Antigua where her father hails from. Details of her mother’s origin are yet unknown.
Caption: The Beautiful Diahnne Abbott
Diahnne Abbott: Cousin, Gregory Abbott
Even though there isn’t any information regarding her family, it is a well-known fact that Diahnne Abbott is the cousin of the 1980s singer/ songwriter/ musician ‘Gregory Abbott’.
Caption: The 1980s Singer ‘Gregory Abbott’
As they are paternal cousins with the same surname, Artistic genes seem to flow in the Abbott family. Gregory had his big break back in the mid-1980s with his song “Shake You Down” which was certified platinum by the RIAA and is still continuing to record music to this day.
Diahnne Abbott: Career
Abbott didn’t get her spotlight until she got took her relationship to the next level and got married to her longtime boyfriend Robert De Niro. In 1976, Diahnne officially began her acting career, she debuted in Rober’s film “Taxi Driver” as directed by Martin Scorsese. Abbott was also playing the role of a Concession Girl in the film, set in a post-Vietnam war New York, which received much critical acclaim and earned many award nominations.
Abbott appeared in Welcome to L.A in 1976; the film which merited actress Geraldine Chaplin a British Academy Film (BAFTA) Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Caption: Diahnne Abbott during her play
In musical drama film “New York, New York”(1977), the actress portrayed a Harlem Club singer and sang Fats Waller’s classic torch song, Honey Suckle Rose, also “The King of Comedy” (1983) a satirical black comedy film where she played the character of Rita Keane the love interest of De Niro’s character, all directed by Martin Scorsese, Robert’s friend.
Her other successful films include “Love Streams” (1984), “Jo Jo Dancer”, “Your Life is Calling” (1986), “Before Night Falls”(2000), and “Soliloquy” (2002). Diahnne appeared in three episodes of NBC’s crime drama series, “Crime Story” later in 1988.
Diahnne Abbott: Ex-husband
After a longterm relationship with Robert De Niro, they both tied a knot in 1976. Later in the 1980s, her husband had become famous and began living wild, frequently nightclubs while engaging hugely in doing drugs. Addition to which, he began womanizing despite being a spouse to Diahnne. Robert’s “partners-in-crime” included comedian, John Belushi, and filmmaker Martin Scorsese.
Caption: A picture of Diahnne and Robert together
Abbott was De Niro lived in a rented condo in Bel Air for a while, which was often filled with their friends including many pets. The New York Times leaked that later, the landlord sued $10,000 as a result of the damage done by the pets.
Next, Diahnne had enough of her husband’s womanizing and they eventually split up.
Diahnne Abbott: Kids
Diahnne Abbott has two kids of her own; a daughter and a son. Robert adopted Abbott’s daughter named Drena whom she had from a previous marriage. While in 1981, De Niro and Abbott as a couple welcomed their own child, a son named Raphel.
Caption: Diahnne Abbott’s son Raphael De Niro & daughter, Drena
There aren’t any details about the real father of Abbott’s daughter. Hence, she goes by the name Drena De Niro. Drena has been following her parents’ footsteps to become a great actress. Some of her movies include “Death of a Dynasty” (2003), “The Lovebirds” (2007), “New Year’s Eve” (2011), “The Intern” (2015), “Joy” (2015), and many more.