Restaurant owner and former model B. Smith battles Alzheimer's.
More than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. There is no cure, and many patients suffer in silence. Now, a public figure has revealed to CBS News that she is one of them: B. Smith, the restaurant owner, designer and decorator. Asked what her Alzheimer's diagnosis meant to her, B. said, "It meant something bad — really bad to me."
Barbara Smith was one of the first African-American models on the cover of Mademoiselle. In 1986, she opened her first B. Smith restaurant in New York City, and two more followed. She hosted a TV program, wrote books and was called the Black Martha Stewart.