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.Also there were De Niro’s wife, Grace, and Levinson’s wife, Dianna.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.If he’d let himself, he’d be eaten alive by people.He’s that giving.”De Niro was actually more visible by far this summer than he usually is.“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.
There was an intimate VIP gathering after the “Scarface” reunion at the Tribeca Film Festival, spies said.
I asked , because I’d heard he was in Malibu, and she quickly interrupted: “He was there last week. Bourne used to work for Jack Nicholson, and before that for Steve Mc Queen, so she tries never to give too much away.
I imagined her ensconced in De Niro’s vast Tri Be Ca loft, complete with roof garden and fully equipped gym, taking phone messages.
De Niro’s friends accept his need to be private, and deny that his reclusive-ness is some sort of deliberate star trip.
“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?