More than 30 years after Robert De Niro first encountered Grace Hightower at a restaurant in London, rumors again swirled about the couple’s relationship status. At the end of November 2018, the two-time Oscar winner spoke out and confirmed some of the whispers about his marriage.
New York City native Robert De Niro made his first foray into acting as a 10-year-old. He played the Cowardly Lion in his school’s version of The Wizard of Oz, and De Niro found it to be a great way to counter his natural shyness.
From there, De Niro became greatly enamored with the world of movies, which likely spurred him to drop out of school at the age of 16 and study acting. Four years later, he landed his first film role. In 1973 he first worked with director Martin Scorsese; it was a significant collaboration that would prove to be the first of many throughout De Niro’s career.