Just over 30 years after Robert De Niro first encountered Grace Hightower at a restaurant in London, rumors again swirled about the couple. And at the end of November 2018, the two-time Oscar winner confronted some of the whispers about his marriage and confirmed some very sad news.
But let’s start the (love) story from the beginning. You see, long before he met Grace Hightower, New York City native Robert De Niro made his first foray into acting as a 10-year-old. The fledgling actor actually played the Cowardly Lion in his school’s version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and he found it to be a great way to counter his natural shyness.