Remember Eva from '227'? She has twin sons with Robert De Niro but lost 3 important people

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 07, 2018
03:54 P.M.
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- Toukie Smith is more commonly known for portraying the role of Eva in the 80s NBC sitcom '227.'


- What you probably didn't know about the actress is that she has twin sons with Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro and they went through hard times before they were blessed with children.


Celebritist learned Toukie Smith went through some hard times before having her twin sons with Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro.

We bring you this report on Robert De Niro and Toukie Smith's struggle with the help of an article published by I Love Old School Music two years ago.

Doris A. Smith, better known as Toukie Smith, is a 62-year-old model and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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She was born in Pennsylvania to a factory worker and a butcher and had two brothers, Norman Smith and famous fashion designer Willi Smith.

Toukie Smith started her career in the ‘70s as a model for brands such as Versace, Thierry Mugler, and Chanel.


From 1989 to 1990, she became part of NBC's sitcom '227,' a series starring Marla Gibbs who portrayed the role of Mary Jenkins, a sharp-tongued housewife.

Toukie played Eva Rawley, Mary Jenkins’ neighbor.

The actress was in a long-term relationship with Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro.


The couple had twin sons in 1995 via a surrogate.

They chose to use a surrogate since Toukie had trouble conceiving children by herself.

She suffered a miscarriage and lost her first child with the famous actor.


Before her miscarriage, she had previously lost her mother who had liver cirrhosis and her brother, who passed away from AIDS.

Her tragic story has a happy ending, seeing how her twins were born healthy and recently turned 23 years old.

What do you think about Toukie Smith's story?