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.
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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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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 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.