• Diahnne Abbott is an American actress and singer known for her marriage to Robert De Niro and supporting roles in the '70s and '80s.
• She grew up in New York City and is the cousin of singer Gregory Abbott.
• She began her career appearing in films such as “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy” with De Niro.
• She and De Niro divorced in 1988 and she has since appeared in films such as “Before Night Falls” and “Soliloquy”.
• She has an estimated net worth of $9 million.

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FactDiahnne Abbott is the cousin of singer/songwriter/musician Gregory Abbott, whose biggest hit was "Shake You Down" in 1986.

Who is Diahnne Abbott, Robert De Niro’s Ex-Wife?

Diahnne Abbott is an American actress and singer, but who has achieved greater stardom through her marriage to one of the most prominent actors, Robert De Niro, but also through supporting roles in films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, such as “Taxi Driver” (1976), “The King of Comedy” (1982), and “Love Streams” (1984), among other roles in her career.

So, do you want to find out more about Diahnne Abbott, from her childhood to most recent career endeavors, including her personal life as well? If yes, then stay with us for the length of the article, as we introduce you to this prominent actress and the ex-wife of Robert De Niro.

Diahnne Abbott Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Diahnne Eugenia Abbott was born on the 1st May 1945, in New York City, USA; Diahnne hasn’t shared much from her early childhood, and all we know is that she grew up in New York. Her father is from Antigua, while there is no information about her mother. Furthermore, she also hasn’t disclosed whether she has siblings or if she is a single child.

To speak further of her secrecy, Diahnne also hasn’t shared anything in regards to her educational background. One more thing that we know about her is that she is the cousin of the one-time wonder singer Gregory Abbott, who became popular in the mid- ‘80s with the song “Shake You Down”.

Hopefully, Diahnne changes her mind and starts sharing more information about her life before she became a famous actress and singer.


In the ‘70s, Diahnne was a relatively unknown singer, and would perform in the New York underground clubs. Early in the decade she met Robert De Niro, and their relationship soon started, which helped to launch her acting career. She made her debut in the multiple Academy Award-nominated crime-drama film “Taxi Driver”, in which Robert De Niro starred next to Jodie Foster and Cybill Shepherd.

She continued to act alongside De Niro throughout the ‘70s, appearing in the romantic drama film “Welcome to L.A.” (1976), then “New York, New York” (1977), in which De Niro starred with Liza Minnelli and Lionel Stander. It was in 1982 that she made her most notable appearance as an actress, portraying Rita Keane in the comedy crime-drama film “The King of Comedy”, co-starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. Before the decade ended, Diahnne also appeared in the drama film “Love Streams” (1984) starring with Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes, while in 1986 she was Mother in the comedy-drama film “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling”.

Career After Divorce

Diahnne and De Niro divorced in 1988, after which Diahnne decided to withdraw from public life for a while, returning only in 2000 with the role of Blanca Romero in the Academy Award-nominated film “Before Night Falls”, starring Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp and Olatz Lopez Garmendia. Since then, she has starred alongside her daughter Drena De Niro in the drama films “Soliloquy” in 2002, and “Day After Day” in 2017, both directed by Jacques Zanetti.

Diahnne Abbott Net Worth

Since launching her career, Diahnne has featured in around 15 film and TV titles, all of which have increased her net worth to a large degree. So, have you ever wondered how rich Diahnne Abbott is, as of mid- 2019? Well, according to authoritative sources, Diahnne Abbott’s net worth is estimated at $9 million, which is quite impressive, don’t you think? Undoubtedly, her wealth will increase in the upcoming years, assuming that she successfully continues her career.

Diahnne Abbott Personal Life, Marriage to De Niro, Children

Diahnne, although a rather private person, couldn’t keep her marriage with De Niro away from the media. The two married in 1976 after a couple of years of dating; Diahnne had a daughter from one of her previous relationships, which Robert adopted and gave her his last name, so Drena De Niro. The two welcomed a son, Raphael De Niro, on the 9th of November 1976, and remained married until 1988, when Diahnne sought a divorce, due to Robert’s infidelities. Since then, Diahnne has remained single, while Robert remarried to his second wife Grace Hightower, with whom he has two children. The two are now separated.

Diahnne Abbott’s Ex-Husband, Robert De Niro

If it wasn’t for Robert De Niro, we might never have heard about Diahnne, so let’s share some information about De Niro himself.

Born Robert Anthony De Niro Jr on the 17th August 1943 in Manhattan, New York City USA, he is the son of Robert De Niro Sr. and Virginia Admiral, both painters, of very mixed Irish, Italian, Dutch, French, English and German ancestry. His parents divorced when he was only two years old, and his father came out as gay.

From an early age Robert was drawn to the performing arts, and after unsuccessfully attending several high schools, he studied acting at HB Studio, the Stella Adler Conservatory, and also at Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio.

De Niro’s career started in 1965 with a few minor roles, and since then he has featured in more than 115 films and TV series; some of the most popular include “The Godfather: Part II” (1974), “Taxi Driver” (1976), “Raging Bull” (1980), and “Cape Fear” (1991), among numerous others. He has won two Academy Awards, one for “Godfather: Part 2”, and one for “Raging Bull”. His net worth is estimated at over $500 million.


1Robert De Niro adopted her daughter Drena De Niro, whose father is unknown.
2In Taxi Driver (1976), she played a girl working at a Porno Theater concession stand who rejects Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro. The same year as this movie's release, she married De Niro.
3Diahnne Abbott is the cousin of singer/songwriter/musician Gregory Abbott, whose biggest hit was "Shake You Down" in 1986.
4Mother of actor Raphael De Niro and Drena De Niro.




Day After Day2016/IIpost-productionRadio DJ (voice)
James Abbott is Gone2013completed
Before Night Falls2000Blanca Romero (as Diahnne Déa)
Crime Story1988TV SeriesSonia
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling1986Mother
Horn of Plenty1986TV Short
Love Streams1984Susan
The King of Comedy1982Rita
New York, New York1977Harlem Club Singer
Welcome to L.A.1976Jeannette Ross
Taxi Driver1976Concession Girl (as Diahnne Abbot)


New York, New York1977performer: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited


Diahnne Abbott on Love Streams2014Documentary shortHerself
Jonas in the Desert1994DocumentaryHerself
Black Hollywood1984TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHerself - Actress

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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