“He is simply not show business,” said Charles Maryan, who directed him at the American Place Theatre in said, “We’d leave the theater together, see?And the fans would rush up for my autograph, and then they’d ask, ‘When’s Robert De Niro coming out?’ And the sweet sucker’s standin’ right next to me!
Apparently she sits there by the hour, putting people off, murmuring, “I’ll have to get back to you” or “We’ll see about that.”“Bobby never answers his own phone,” says a friend.
“And At auditions, Bobby would show his father’s sketches to casting directors.
“I’m Bob De Niro, and I’m sure you’ve heard of my father.”So it is Trixie who cancels business appointments for De Niro, then reschedules them, only to cancel them again. It is Trixie, on this occasion, who finally reveals to De Niro’s own manager, Jay Julien, “Bobby’s in South America,” after Julien pleads that he must get through to him.
It is Trixie who then tells me, after weeks of phone calls and letters, “Mr.
De Niro will probably never talk to you, but he is giving you permission to talk to his friends.”I’d been warned from the start that Robert De Niro would not be interviewed. “After I give an interview I spend all my time trying to explain what I meant,” he said to ”Always De Niro has categorically refused to speak about his private life.
So only his close friends know that his black girlfriend, Toukie Smith, has dyed blond hair and runs a catering service; or that he is the only son of two artists; or that Madonna and Sean Penn and Bob Dylan were among the guests at the birthday party he threw for himself in his New York loft last year.
De Niro’s friends accept his need to be private, and deny that his reclusive-ness is some sort of deliberate star trip.
He’s the greatest movie actor of his generation, but he remains a mystery—to the public, to the industry, even to his closest friends. De Niro is out of the country,” Trixie Bourne continued cheerfully.
De Niro is traveling.”That’s all the information I could get—by phone, from his secretary—concerning the subject of this profile.“That is to say, Mr.