Grace Hightower De Niro, wife of Robert, or Bobby as some may say, stopped by to talk about her marriage – and how she met the award-winning actor.
“What is your secret to a happy, long lasting marriage?” Katie asked.
“I would say a lot of give and take, standing your ground, because then you keep the respect you started out with,” Grace said.
The pair have been together for 21 years – and their story is right out of a movie. Grace says she was working as a hostess at Mr. Chow restaurant when her soon-to-be husband walked in.
“I didn’t know who he was,” Grace said.
“Really?” Katie asked.
“Really,” she replied.
Long story short – Robert kept asking Grace questions – about the tables, about the menu …
“This guy is really annoying you,” Katie noted.
She went downstairs to talk to her co-worker about the difficult client – and it wasn’t until then she learned who he was – and the error she had made by brushing him off.
“Michael Chow said, ‘There is only one person who has not come into the restaurant that I want you to roll the red carpet out for,’” Grace noted, “So that’s how we met.”
The pair have had two children since, one of which is a toddler.
“Is it hard? It is a lot of work to have a toddler at that age,” Katie mentioned.
“Yes.” Grace said, “But it’s a lot of joy too.”