De Niro, Wife Renew Wedding Vows

11/22/2004 at 07:50 AM EST

De Niro, Wife Renew Wedding Vows
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower
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The second time is a charm for actor Robert De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower.

The couple renewed their wedding vows Saturday, in front of a crowd of A-list celebrities that included Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Tom Brokaw and others, New York's Daily News reports.

The ceremony reportedly took place at De Niro's Ulster County farm near New York's Catskill Mountains. The bride and bridegroom and their guests gathered around an indoor pool where two judges were on hand to officiate, "So they can make sure this one sticks," De Niro said. He and Hightower almost divorced in 1999.

The couple lit candles and exchanged wedding bands and the crowd then moved into a tent where they drank champagne and ate dishes from De Niro's Nobu restaurant.

De Niro, 61, met Hightower, 51, in London in 1987. The couple married in 1997, but their marriage looked to be ending when De Niro filed for divorce two years later. Their fallout continued into 2001 as a potential custody battle over their son Elliott, now 6, heated up. However, the divorce was never finalized and the pair managed to smooth over their troubles.

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