December 23, 2011 / 11:05 PM / 7 years ago

Robert De Niro welcomes baby girl

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower have become the proud parents of a baby girl born via a surrogate, the actor’s spokesman confirmed on Friday.

Jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival Robert de Niro arrives on the red carpet for the screening of he film "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The child is the second for De Niro, 68, and Hightower, 56. She is named Helen Grace Hightower De Niro, and weighed a healthy 7 lbs 2 oz at birth.

The “Meet the Parents” star married actress Hightower in 1997, and the couple have a son, Elliot, born in 1998.

De Niro also has a son and adopted daughter with ex-wife Diahnne Abbott and two twin sons with former girlfriend Toukie Smith.

The actor can currently be seen in the star-studded, feel-good film “New Year’s Eve.”

Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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