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Robin Givens Biography
Robin Givens (born November 27, 1964) is an African-American actress famous for her roles on "Head of the Class" and for marrying and then divorcing former professional heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.
Robin Givens Early life
Givens was born in New York City, the daughter of Ruth Roper (née Newby) and Reuben Givens. Givens's mother and father divorced when she was two. She and her sister Stephanie were raised by their mother in New Rochelle, New York. Givens graduated in 1980 from New Rochelle Academy (which later closed 1987). Still at the age of 15, she enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College. She later studied various medical courses at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Robin Givens Acting career
rGivens first began acting in 1985 with an appearance on NBC-TV's The Cosby Show, followed by roles in NBC's Diff'rent Strokes (by this time airing on ABC), and the 1986 television film Beverly Hills Madam opposite veteran actress Faye Dunaway. That same year, she landed her breakthrough role as rich girl Darlene Merriman on the ABC-TV sitcom Head of the Class. The top ten rated series lasted five seasons, ending in 1991. In 1989, while starring in Head of the Class, she appeared in a TV movie in ABC's The Women of Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey. She later appeared in 1992's Boomerang, opposite superstar comedian/actor Eddie Murphy. In 1994, she posed nude for Playboy magazine and was ranked #88 on Empire Magazine 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History list in May 1995.
In 1996, Givens then portrayed Claudia in the television movie The Face (also known as A Face to Die For) with Yasmine Bleeth. Later that year, she co-starred in the UPN sitcom Sparks. The series ended its run in 1998.
In January 2000, Givens appeared in a cameo in music video "He Wasn't Man Enough" by Toni Braxton, as the wife of a cheating husband. She then returned to the entertainment industry later that year as the host of the talk show Forgive or Forget, replacing television personality Mother Love halfway through the show's second season. Ratings initially increased after Givens took over hosting duties, but then soon fell. The series was canceled at the end of the season.
In 2006, Givens attempted a return to television on MyNetworkTV's telenovela Saints and Sinners, but the show garnered low ratings and was soon canceled. Givens, who by this time had become a born-again Christian, continued acting in made-for-television films while also making appearances on Trinity Broadcasting Network's Praise the Lord program (July 12, 2007), and Larry King Live. In June 2007, she released her autobiography Grace Will Lead Me Home
Given's recent return to films
In 2008, Givens returned to feature films in Tyler Perry Southern drama The Family That Preys. Givens also had a recurring role portraying a fictionalized version of herself on the CW comedy-drama The Game. She has also had a recurring role on the TBS show Tyler Perry's House of Payne, and she has a guest role on USA Network's Burn Notice.
In addition to television and film roles, Givens has also performed onstage. In 2001, she appeared in an Off Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues. From February to April 16, 2006, she played the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway play Chicago. In 2007, she toured the country playing a part in the I'm Ready Productions play Men, Money & Golddiggers.
Givens most recently starred in the 2009 stage play "A Mother's Prayer", which also stars Johnny Gill, Shirley Murdock and Jermaine Crawford.
In 2007, she published a memoir entitled "Grace Will Lead Me Home". In it, she reflects on the life of her praying grandmother, Grace, her experiences of domestic violence, her strong will to survive, feeling abandoned by her father, and her faith in God.
Robin Givens Personal life
Robin briefly dated her Head of the Class co-star Brian Robbins. Eddie Murphy, and a pre-fame Brad Pitt She also briefly dated shock-jock Howard Stern from 1999–2000.
Relationship with boxer Mike Tyson
After a meeting in March 1987, she married boxer Mike Tyson on February 7, 1988. Tyson was then estimated to have a net worth of US$50 million, and he and Givens did not make a prenuptial agreement. During their marriage, Givens and her mother bought a $4.5 million mansion in the affluent suburb of Bernardsville, New Jersey. After a miscarriage in May 1988, the marriage began to fall apart. Givens had then alleged spousal abuse while Tyson counter-alleged alienation and interest in his money, not in him. The marriage would end bitterly on Valentine's Day, just a year later. Newspapers reported that Givens received a divorce settlement of over $10 million from her marriage to Tyson Robin later denied the report stating "I didn’t receive one dime. She received negative press following her split from Tyson, particularly within the African American community. One article in particular described her as "the most hated woman in America".
In 1993, Givens adopted her first son, and she has a second son with ex-boyfriend Murphy Jensen. She married her tennis instructor, Svetozar Marinkovic, in 1997. She and Marinkovic separated the same day that they married. Givens filed for divorce months later.