B. Smith Biography – B. Smith Wiki
B. Smith born Barbara Elaine Smith was an American restaurateur, model, lifestyle guru, author, businesswoman and television host. She owned three B. Smith restaurants: on Theatre Row in Manhattan; in Sag Harbor, New York; and in Washington DC.
According to B. Smith’s Biography on her official website, she began her career as a fashion model, gracing the covers of 15 magazines and becoming one of the first African-American women on Mademoiselle’s cover in July 1976. In addition to TV commercials for Mercedes-Benz, she served as a spokesperson for Verizon, Colgate Palmolive Oxy and McCormick’s Lawry seasonings products.
For nearly a decade, Smith hosted the nationally syndicated/cable television show B. Smith with Style that aired on NBC stations in more than 90% of U.S. households and in 40 countries. She also had appearances on programs such as Good Morning America and The Today Show. She and Gasby produced four specials for TV One, the lifestyle cable network for African-Americans.
Smith authored three home entertaining books: B. Smith’s Entertaining and Cooking for Friends (Artisan Press), the first tabletop entertainment and lifestyle book by an African American; B. Smith: Rituals and Celebration (Random House), a James Beard Foundation Award nominee, one of Food & Wine’s best cookbooks of 1999 and an American Library Association Black Caucus Literary Award winner; and B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style (Simon and Schuster), with 200 recipes and flavorful tips for reducing calories.
In 2012, Smith was inducted into the American Chef Corps, part of the U.S. Department of State’s newly-formed Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the James Beard Foundation.
In 2013, at the age of 64, Smith was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She and her husband Dan Gasby worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease and its effects on the African-American community in particular. Their book, written with Michael Shnayerson, Before I Forget (Harmony, 2016), is the story of her fight with Alzheimer’s.
B. Smith Age
B. Smith was born on August 24, 1949, in Everson, Pennsylvania, United States as Barbara Elaine Smith. She died on February 22, 2020, in Long Island, New York, U.S. She was 70 years old.
B. Smith Family
B. Smith was the daughter of the late William and Florence Smith. Her father was a steelworker in Clairton, Pa., for the United States Steel Corporation, now called the USX Corporation.
B. Smith Husband
B. Smith was married to her first husband Donald Anderson from 1986 until their divorce in 1990. She married her second husband Dan Gasby in 1992 until her death in 2020. Smith and Dan Gasby married at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New York.
B. Smith Daughter, Children
Smith had no biological children. She was stepmother to Gasby’s daughter Dana.
B. Smith Net Worth – Barbara Elaine Smith Net Worth
B. Smith’s net worth was estimated to be $20 Million dollars.
B. Smith Death
B. Smith died on February 22, 2020, aged 70 at her home in Long Island, New York. Her husband Dan Gasby announced her death in a statement on social media.
“It is with great sadness that my daughter Dana and I announce the passing of my wife, Barbara Elaine Smith. B. died peacefully Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 10:50 pm, of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in our home in Long Island, New York. She was 70.
“Thank you to Dr. Sam Gandy, East End Hospice, and additional caregivers who helped us make B. comfortable in her final days. Thank you to all the friends and fans who supported B. and our family during her journey. Thank you to everyone for respecting our privacy during this agonizing time. Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.’s dazzling and unforgettable smile.”
B. Smith Cause of Death
Smith died of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.