Best known for playing Eva Rawley in 227, Toukie Smith is an American actress and model. As a model, she has worked for big brands like Chanel, Versace, Norma Kamali, and more. Likewise, her notable film credits are I Like It Like That, Goosed, and Joe’s Apartment.
Born Doris A. Smith on 25th September 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States of America. Her nationality is American and comes of Afro-American ethnic descent.
Following her high school graduation, she enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology. She grew up alongside her siblings Normal Smith and Willi Smith. Willi was a fashion designer who passed away in 1987 due to AIDS-related pneumonia.
As of early 2021, Smith’s net worth is estimated at around $3 million. Toukie began her career as a model in 1972.
During this time, she walked for big brands like Chanel, Versace, Geoffrey Beene, Issey Miyake, Norma Kamali, Patrick Kelly, and Thierry Mugler.
Toukie made her acting breakthrough as Eva Rawley in the 1985 NBC sitcom 227. In the show, she appeared alongside Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, Alaina Reed Hall, and Helen Martin. The show ran from 14th September 1985 and ended on 6th May 1990 for five seasons.
She then joined the cast of the 1987 film Talkin’ Dirty After Dark as a waitress. The movie stars Martin Lawrence, Mark Curry, John Witherspoon, Ken Davitian, and Jedda Jones.
Toukie also starred in the 1996 American musical-comedy film Joe’s Apartment starring Jerry O’Connell, Megan Ward, Jim Turner, Robert Vaughn, and Don Ho.
In 1999, Smith joined the cast of Goosed and starred alongside Jenner Tilly, Lisa Jane Persky, and Joan Rivers.
Some of her other notable acting credits include Miami Vice, Me and Him, I Like It Like That, and The Preacher’s Wife.
Besides acting, Smith has a successful print career as well. Her print work includes a photo campaign for Yves St. Laurent and magazines like Vogue, ELLE, Redbook, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan.
Moreover, she owned a restaurant called Toukie’s in the West Village neighborhood of New York City.
The 69-year-old actress is reportedly single at the moment. Despite her fame and success in the film industry, Toukie prefers a low-key life. She is rarely seen with a guy in the public.
She was in a long-term relationship with legendary actor Robert De Niro. The couple began dating in 1985 and were together for over a decade until 1996. The couple welcomed twin sons Aaron Kendrick De Niro and Julian Henry De Niro in 1995.
The babies were conceived by in vitro fertilization and delivered by a surrogate mother.
As of now, Smith resides in New York City in Battery Park City along with her family.