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Grace Hightower – The Highs And Lows Of Robert De Niro’s Ex-Wife

From her humble beginnings back in Mississippi to a ritzy lifestyle in New York, Grace Hightower seemed to be at the top of the world. Her world somehow crashed down when she and Robert De Niro got a divorce.

Author:Iram Martins
Reviewer:Elisa Mueller
Jan 07, 2022
From waiting tables to walking the red carpet and hobnobbing with Hollywood people alongside her A-list actor husband, the life of Grace Hightower seemed like a real-life fairytale.
The glitz and glamor – and the marriage – stretched for 21 years, but now she faces an all too familiar legal battle among Hollywood couples: divorce.
Find out what lies ahead for Grace Hightower as she moves forward in life as former Mrs. De Niro.

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Grace Hightower Bio

Robert De Niro in suit and tie and Grace Hightower in black dress amidst the crowd
Robert De Niro in suit and tie and Grace Hightower in black dress amidst the crowd
Born on April 7, 1955 in the town of Kilmichael in Montgomery County, Mississippi, Grace E. Hightower, will be turning 67 this year.
She shares the same birthday as Russell Crowe and jazz vocalist Billie Holiday (1915-1959).
Of African-American descent, according to Wikipedia, Grace came from a poor family.
She and her six siblings reside in different parts of the U.S., according to the memorial site Find a Grave. That time, she lived in New York.
Her three brothers are Eugene (Goldsboro, North Carolina) James (Cincinnati, Ohio), and John (Detroit, Michigan).
Her sisters are Jessie E. Hightower (Chicago), Alice E. Hightower-Woodfork (Detroit), and Barbara E. Hightower-Young (Oak Park, Illinois).
Their parents, Eugene Hightower Jr. (1903-1974) and Addie Lee Bailey-Hightower (1916-2016), were both Mississippi natives, according to WikiTree.
Grace Hightower’s marriage to Robert De Niro cast her into the public spotlight. It opened a door to a Hollywood career, made her participate in exclusive events, and got her other perks for being Mrs. De Niro.
For example, courtesy of fashion editor-journalist André Leon Talley, her 55th birthday bash in 2010 landed a spread in Vogue, according to Gawker.
Apart from the awards nights in Hollywood, Hightower also attended other ones abroad, such as the celebrated Festival de Cannes, aka, the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Together with her famous husband, she went there several times, the last one being in 2016 in its 69th edition for the premier of De Niro’s “Hands of Stone.”
At the Fashion For Relief, a charity event held during the 64th Cannes Film Festival in 2011, Grace Hightower sashayed the runway in a strapless fitted blue gown.
Launched by supermodel Naomi Campbell for the benefit of the tsunami victims in Japan, Jane Fondaand Rosario Dawson also took part in it. Campbell joined Fonda and Hightower for the final walk.
Giorgio Armani posed for a picture with Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower when the couple attended the Italian fashion designer’s Milan show in 2015. They got front row seats, of course.
Twitter is the only social media account she keeps; however, her last activity here was on April 8, 2015.

Grace Hightower Kids

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower have two children, namely, Elliot, 23 (born March 18, 1998), and Helen Grace, 10 (born December 23, 2011).
Their first-born has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to People. Hightower is a member of the New York-based advocacy and research organization Autism Speaks.
In the case of their daughter, they had a surrogate, according to Hollywood Life. Hightower was 56 when Helen was born.

Who Is Robert De Niro’s Wife?

Grace Hightower in spaghetti strap leopard print dress and shawl and Robert De Niro in dark polo shirt and blazer
Grace Hightower in spaghetti strap leopard print dress and shawl and Robert De Niro in dark polo shirt and blazer
After his divorce with actress-singer Diahnne Abbottand his split with girlfriend Toukie Smith, an African-American model-actress, Robert de Niro found love again.
And, for the second time around, tied the knot.
In 1987, according to Mail Online, the two crossed paths at Mr. Chow, a fine dining Chinese restaurant in Knightsbridge, London.
There, Grace Hightower worked as a greeter and waitress. She was 32 back then and De Niro, 44.
To cut a long story short, they got married in 1997 and got a divorce in 2018, which resulted in a legal battle that prevailed until 2021.
In October 2021, the court decided that as an alimony, De Niro, now 78, will pay Hightower $1 million annually, according to Page Six.
It also ordered them to sell their 20-million-dollar residence. In addition, Hightower will get $6 million to purchase her own house.
As of 2021, Wealthy Gorilla estimated Robert De Niro’s net worth at $500 million.

What Does Grace Hightower Do?

Grace Hightower gives two thumbs up while posing with her Coffee of Grace specialty coffee
Grace Hightower gives two thumbs up while posing with her Coffee of Grace specialty coffee
Early in life, Grace Hightower worked in a dime store and in a post room (a mailroom), reported Online Mail.
While in her 20s, Trans World Airlines employed her as a flight attendant. After that, she tried her luck at trading mutual funds. Relocating in London, she applied at Mr. Chow.
As Mrs. De Niro, she appeared in four films: “Brotherhood” (1997), “Precious” (2009), “The Paperboy”(2012), and “Unspoken: Diary of an Assassin” (2017). She also recorded the song “Somethin’s Comin’ My Way” for “Precious” and guested in the TV series “NYPD Blues” in 1994.
A member of the nonprofit organization International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA), Hightower is the founder and CEO of Coffee of Grace, which works with coffee farmers in Rwanda.
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From being a store attendant and waitress to being a celebrity herself, Grace Hightower has experienced a kind of life other people could only dream of.
But, everything was not rosy.
With the latest court decision regarding her divorce with Robert De Niro finally out, it seems there’s nowhere for Grace Hightower to go but forward.
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Iram Martins

Iram Martins

Iram Martins is a seasoned travel writer and explorer with over a decade of experience in uncovering the world's hidden gems. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management from the University of Lisbon, Iram's credentials highlight his authority in the realm of travel. As an author of numerous travel guides and articles for top travel publications, his writing is celebrated for its vivid descriptions and practical insights. Iram’s passion for cultural immersion and off-the-beaten-path adventures shines through in his work, captivating readers and inspiring wanderlust. Outside of his writing pursuits, Iram enjoys learning new languages, reviewing films and TV shows, writing about celebrity lifestyles, and attending cultural festivals.
Elisa Mueller

Elisa Mueller

Elisa Mueller, a Kansas City native, grew up surrounded by the wonders of books and movies, inspired by her parents' passion for education and film. She earned bachelor's degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Kansas before moving to New York City, where she spent a decade at Entertainment Weekly, visiting film sets worldwide. With over 8 years in the entertainment industry, Elisa is a seasoned journalist and media analyst, holding a degree in Journalism from NYU. Her insightful critiques have been featured in prestigious publications, cementing her reputation for accuracy and depth. Outside of work, she enjoys attending film festivals, painting, writing fiction, and studying numerology.
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