Grace Hightower

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Grace Hightower
Grace Hightower 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Hightower attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
Born(1955-04-07) April 7, 1955 (age 58)
United States
OccupationPhilanthropist
Socialite
Actress
Singer
Spouse(s)Robert De Niro (1997–present)
ChildrenElliot (1998)
Helen Grace (2011)
 
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Grace Hightower
Grace Hightower 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Hightower attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
Born(1955-04-07) April 7, 1955 (age 58)
United States
OccupationPhilanthropist
Socialite
Actress
Singer
Spouse(s)Robert De Niro (1997–present)
ChildrenElliot (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 is the wife of actor Robert De Niro, whom she met at Chow's restaurant in NYC,[5] in 1987 and married in 1997.[6] In 1998 at the age of 42, she gave birth to the couple's first child, son Elliott.[7] 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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