Drena De Niro

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Drena De Niro
Drena De Niro 2012 Shankbone.JPG
De Niro at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party.
Born(1971-09-03) September 3, 1971 (age 42)
New York City, New York
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1996–present
ChildrenLeandro (2004)
 
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Drena De Niro
Drena De Niro 2012 Shankbone.JPG
De Niro at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party.
Born(1971-09-03) September 3, 1971 (age 42)
New York City, New York
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1996–present
ChildrenLeandro (2004)

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

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]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Grace of My HeartReceptionist #1
1997Wag the DogGate Stewardess
1998Too Tired to DieWaitress
1998Great ExpectationsMarcy
1999At First SightCaroline
1999On the RunRita
199924 Hour Woman, TheThe 24 Hour WomanLori
1999PersonalsSherie
1999EntropyWaitress
2000Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, TheThe Adventures of Rocky and BullwinkleRBTV Lackey
2001Freewheeling in RomaKeechie
2002ShowtimeAnnie
2002Ghetto DawgSemi
2002City by the SeaVanessa Hansen
2002SoliloquyKara
2003Death of a DynastyFemale Staff Writer
2003Love & OrgasmsBetsy Vandercleef
2005FreezerburnNada the Handler
2005Collection, TheThe CollectionVarious
2007Lovebirds, TheThe LovebirdsStella Clark
2009Karma, Confessions and HoliMegan
2009ExTerminatorsDr. Press
2009Day in the Life, AA Day in the LifeP
2011New Year's EveAhern Waitress - Ahern Party
2014Hands of StoneAdele

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Witness to the MobGirl in beauty shop
2002Groovenians, TheThe GrooveniansGlindy (voice)TV short
2012NYC 22SVU Det. Irma BollandEpisode: "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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