Family Biographies

Our American Stories: Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro and Family

You know how so many people talk about recording their grandparents and parents to capture the family stories? Often this discussion arises during the holidays, when the stories are flowing forth. Yet few people follow up.

In an interview with Esquire Magazine in 2003, actor Robert De Niro, said:

“I always wanted to chronicle the family history with my mother. I wanted some researched I’d worked with to talk to my mother, but, while interested, she was a little antsy about it. I know she would have gotten into it . . . But I wasn’t forceful and didn’t make it happen. That’s one regret I have. I didn’t get as much of the family history as I could have for the kids.”

De Niro recently turned his regret into a project, orchestrated by Our American Stories: profiles of his parents and extensive research into his family history. The results? A  family heirloom that can be passed to future De Niro generations. 

It’s never too late.


We know you have led an interesting life and had some unique life experiences. We also know your children, grandchildren, and future descendants are going to be thrilled to have you record your memoirs. Just imagine if you could go to your bookshelf and pull down your great grandmother’s journal of her life? The same is true of your life during these extraordinary times you’ve lived in.

Whose stories do you wish you could listen to today?

Who hasn’t talked about documenting the stories of their grandparents or parents? On April 18, 1906, Kristin’s grandmother, who was nine years old at the time, was sound asleep when, at 5:12 a.m., the Great San Francisco Earthquake gave her bed the mighty shake of terror. This was her huge life story! Regrettably, the family did not record her memoirs. Don’t let this happen to your family. Think about having your senior family members record their memoirs and talk about their parents and grandparents.

Looking for the best bedtime story?

What could be better than your ancestors’ stories and family memoirs? Stories that give your children and grandchildren a sense of family values and the character and spirit of their people. It is noted that children who know the ups and downs that their parents, grandparents and ancestors endured have greater confidence when facing their own life challenges.

Since 1991, Our American Stories has been conducting oral history interviews coupled with genealogy research and photo restoration services to produce exquisite custom-bound books. A book from Our American Stories is a compelling read, with solid storylines, photographs and unique graphics that are meant to engage both adults and children.

“People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.”
— Studs Terkel