Meet Barbara Smits, the Ex-Wife of ‘In the Heights’ actor Jimmy Smits

Meet Barbara Smits, the Ex-Wife of ‘In the Heights’ actor Jimmy Smits

Find out all about American Emmy Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits’ ex-wife, Barbara Smits about their relationship, children, and her death.

Barbara Smits was the late ex-wife of actor Jimmy Smits. Her ex-husband rose to fame after playing the major character, Victor Sifuentes, in L.A. Law. He is also well known for Star Wars and NYPD Blue.

He has a massive fanbase as he has appeared in two of the biggest franchises. His fans also want to know about his previous relationships which include Barbara. We have gathered all we could find about her and here it is.

Who is Barbara Smits? What Caused Her Death?

Barbara Smits was born on November 27, 1955, in the USA. Furthermore, she held American nationality and belonged to the Afro-American ethnicity. Although her personal information like her parents, siblings, and academics are not unveiled, we know that she had two children with Jimmy.

The Snippet of late Barbara Smits

The Snippet of late Barbara Smits
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On April 16, 2010, she passed away at the age of 54. Barbara had been suffering from pneumonia, a lung disease that affects breathing, obviously, and also because she was bedridden.

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She had been experiencing problems with breathing and the disease could not be recovered in her case. And sadly she left her children and grandchildren behind.

What Was the Relationship Between Her and Jimmy Smits?

Barbara Smits and Jimmy met each other and started dating in 1969. Both of them went to the same university and were college sweethearts. According to him, they were not seeing anything serious and only having fun. After 2 long years of dating, Jimmy proposed to her and she said yes. In fact, they married in 1979, after the couple was engaged for eight years before they decided to go ahead with the ceremony.

Jimmy Smits, the ex-husband of Barbara Smits

Jimmy Smits, the ex-husband of Barbara Smits
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But their marriage didn’t last long and they filed for divorce on 22nd June 1986 and they did not reconcile. Following their divorce, his affair with actress Wanda De Jesus began shortly. While they were together Barbara’s marriage with Jimmy had given birth to two children. In 1973, she gave birth to their first child Taina Smits and in 1983, to their second child Joaquin Smits. Now after all these years the two have grown up.

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In fact, Tania has actually married and has two daughters. Tania is very active on her Instagram and posts Barbara’s pictures on occasions like her birthday and mother’s day.

What Was the Net Worth of Barbara Smits?

Barbara worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension-New York City for 29 years. As a matter of fact, it was the main source of her income. Also, divorce settlements with Smits also added up to her worth. Her net worth is estimated to be $1 million at the time of her death.

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Furthermore, her ex-husband earns an estimate of $150 thousand per episode as his salary per episode. And has a net worth of $25 million. His brilliant acting skills have helped him do dozen of films and television series. Moreover, his professional acting career is the main source of his fortune.

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