Robert De Niro; UNTOUCHABLE: The Demons That Drive One of the World's Top Stars into the Arms of Countless Women

By Rowe, David | Sunday Mirror (London, England), February 15, 1998 | Go to article overview

Robert De Niro; UNTOUCHABLE: The Demons That Drive One of the World's Top Stars into the Arms of Countless Women


Rowe, David, Sunday Mirror (London, England)


IN pictures they could be twins, rather than father and son.

The same strong jaw. The same heavy brow. The same deep-set eyes with their "Are you looking at me?" stare.

Robert De Niro Snr and his only child also shared the same tormented psychological make-up.

Both artists on the edge, unable to sustain lasting relationships with women.

But that is where the similarity ends. While his father struggled so badly to achieve his dream of being a famous painter that his son once had to save him from poverty in Paris, De Niro is a rich man widely acclaimed as America's finest actor. And although De Niro is obsessed with women, his father's only obsession was art.

Now nearly five years after his father's death, De Niro finds himself under the spotlight - once again in France - over his alleged involvement with an international vice ring.

As the French police discovered last week, trying to pin De Niro down is like trying to lift sand with a fork.

The brooding double-Oscar winner never willingly gives away anything about his often-troubled private life. Much of that unhappiness, friends say, stems from the fact his mother left his father when De Niro was just two.

Though De Niro is notoriously private, the same cannot be said of the string of exotic women who have starred in his life, as revealed in the biography Untouchable.

It is from them we have learned most about Hollywood's most acclaimed, and secretive, actor.

Apart from dating De Niro, almost all his lovers have one thing in common...while some men fantasise over voluptuous blondes, De Niro prefers the company of beautiful black women, such as models Naomi Campbell and Toukie Smith, singer Whitney Houston, and his first wife, Diahnne Abbott.

Last week it was another of his liaisons, a girl from the other end of the showbusiness spectrum, who took centre stage.

Charmaine Sinclair (pictured right) is a pounds 3,000-a-night call-girl and porn video actress, who claims she had a two-year affair with him.

It is alleged that Charmaine was part of an international vice ring.

De Niro, 54, is said to be "incandescent" at being questioned for 10 hours by French police over his alleged involvement.

His lawyer insists the actor has never paid Charmaine, nor any other woman, for sex.

But police said that three women had mentioned De Niro's name, and it appeared in an address book now in the possession of officers.

His lawyer said: "He admits shaking hands with two of the women, his answers to the third are censored." When Charmaine first revealed her relationship with De Niro a year ago it appeared to be based solely on lust.

De Niro pursued her, she claimed, after seeing a photograph of her naked by a swimming pool.

He is said to have told a mutual friend: "I want that girl."

According to Charmaine he got what he wanted, and was a satisfying lover.

She said when they first made love at his rented home in London's Chelsea "he reached out and we just held hands for a while.

"He told me what beautiful, soft skin I had and caressed my face. Then we had our first kiss. It was electric."

She added: "But sex was never the most important thing with Bob, we just enjoyed the intimacy."

Charmaine told how she couldn't resist asking De Niro how she compared to his ex-girlfriend Naomi Campbell.

She said he told her: "You've got a better butt."

While De Niro's sexual tastes seem well established, even in his most intimate moments he gives little of himself away.

British model Antonia Moore had a four-month affair with De Niro after meeting him at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.

She revealed that De Niro was a romantic lover, but even when he was in the throes of passion she was never sure if he was showing her "the real him". …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Robert De Niro; UNTOUCHABLE: The Demons That Drive One of the World's Top Stars into the Arms of Countless Women
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.