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De Niro, Scorsese to write joint memoir

Robert De Niro, left, and Martin Scorsese grew up in the same New York neighborhood.
Robert De Niro, left, and Martin Scorsese grew up in the same New York neighborhood.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) -- "Goodfellas" cohorts Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese will share insights into their 30-year friendship and collaboration on eight major films in a joint memoir to be published next year, Harmony Books announced on Friday.

The director Scorsese, 61, and actor De Niro, 60, both grew up in New York and first joined forces for the 1973 film "Mean Streets," about young hoodlums making their way in New York's Little Italy.

That launched a friendship that has spanned 30 years and sparked a string of movies that includes "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Raging Bull" (1980), "Goodfellas" (1990) and "Cape Fear" (1991).

"We came from the same New York neighborhood but hung out on different streets," Scorsese said in a statement, adding that their friendship grew with each collaboration.

"We can finish each other's sentences and understand things that are not said," he said. "It's like a professional marriage, and the offspring are the movies."

De Niro's work with Scorsese brought the actor an Oscar for his work in "Raging Bull." He was also nominated for best actor Academy Awards for his roles in "Taxi Driver" and "Cape Fear."

The untitled book is scheduled to be published in 2005, said Harmony Books publisher Shaye Areheart. The book has already been sold to publishers in England, the Netherlands, Israel and Germany.

Harmony Books is a division of The Crown Publishing Group and Random House Inc., which is owned by media group Bertelsmann.

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