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De Niro Says He'll Donate Oscars To Austin's Ransom Center

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 10:34 PM CDT

Already home to a Gutenberg Bible, the world's first photograph, and priceless art, The Harry Ransom Center could soon add two other historical artifacts to its hallowed collection: Actor Robert De Niro's Oscars.

In an interview published in Variety on Thursday, De Niro was asked about his two golden statues.

"I think I have them in storage somewhere," he answered. "I'm going to send them to the Harry Ransom Center. They have the Gutenberg Bible and David Mamet's work. I send them my stuff."

Indeed, he does send the Ransom center his "stuff." In 2006, he donated a vast collection of materials that document his professional career dating to the 1960s. It includes annotated scripts, photographs, and costumes. Perhaps the current piece de resistance is the robe he wore in the 1980 classic "Raging Bull," the film for which De Niro won his best actor Oscar for his performance as boxer Jake LaMotta. He also won a best supporting Oscar for his role as a young Vito Corleone in 1974's "The Godfather: Part II."

Fans itching to see the two totems of Hollywood history shouldn't be hold their breath though. No formal arrangements have been made yet to ship them to Austin. But a Jen Tisdale, a spokesperson for the Ransom Center, said the research library would welcome the donation.

"That would be great if that happened," said Tisdale. "It would complement the existing collection and continue to represent his extensive film collection that resides at the Ransom Center."

De Niro Says He'll Donate Oscars To Austin's Ransom Center


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