Diahnne Abbott

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This article is about the American actress and singer. For the British politician, see Diane Abbott.
Diahnne Abbott
Born (1945-01-01) January 1, 1945 (age 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1976–2002, 2013–
Spouse(s) Robert De Niro (1976–1988)
Children Drena De Niro, Raphael De Niro

Diahnne Abbott (born January 1, 1945), sometimes credited as Diahnne Eugenia Abbott or Diahnne Déa, is an American actress and singer.[1] Abbott played supporting roles in films of the 1970s and 1980s, including Taxi Driver. Abbott was married to actor Robert De Niro. They had a son together, Raphael, named after the hotel in Rome where he was conceived, and De Niro adopted Drena, Abbott's daughter from a previous marriage. (Drena De Niro has appeared in her father's movies Showtime, Wag the Dog, City by the Sea and The Intern (2015 film).) De Niro and Abbott divorced in 1988.

Abbott has a cameo in the film New York, New York, in which she sings Fats Waller's classic torch song, "Honeysuckle Rose".

She also played the object of Robert De Niro's affections in Scorsese's 1983 film, The King of Comedy, as well as roles in the television series Crime Story (character of Sonia) and the film Jo, Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (Mother). She is the cousin of singer Gregory Abbott, known for his 1986 song "Shake You Down".[2]


Film roles

Year Title Role
1976 Taxi Driver Concession Girl
1976 Welcome to L.A. Jeanette Ross
1977 New York, New York Harlem Club singer
1983 The King of Comedy Rita Keane
1984 Love Streams Susan
1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Mother
2000 Before Night Falls Blanca Romero
2002 Soliloquy Leah

Television roles

Year Title Role
1988 Crime Story (three episodes) Sonia


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