Robin Givens Biography

Birthday: 1964-11-27
Place of Birth: New York City, New York USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: Ruth and Reuben Givens gave birth to Robin Simone Givens in New York City on 27th of November, 1964. Robin's father, Reuben, abandoned his family when Robin was a young girl and she seldom saw him after that. Robin's mother raised her and her younger sister in Westchester, CT. Her mother (once linked to Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield) always encouraged her children's creativity and helped them develop an interest in the arts. When she was young, Robin began playing the violin but quickly decided it was not for her. She chose instead to channel her artistic energy through acting and, at the age of ten, she started acting classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. In 1980, at fifteen, Robin enrolled as a freshman at Sarah Lawrence College to study pre-med. By her junior year, however, Robin's excitement about the idea of a career in acting intensified and she began taking her craft more seriously. Robin's first experience in Hollywood was on "The Cosby Show" (1984), the hottest show on television. As a result of the role, she and comedian Bill Cosby forged a great friendship which would prove instrumental in Robin's career. She also landed a guest appearance on "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978). Her career was just about to take off. Robin first made it big in Hollywood in 1986. She took a role in a television movie, Beverly Hills Madam (1986) (TV), as "April Baxter". But, it was later that year that Robin became a recognizable actress in Hollywood. She was given a role on the television series "Head of the Class" (1986) as "Darlene Merriman". The series was a comedy about a group of gifted high school students that were placed in an enrichment class. In 1988, Robin married boxing legend Mike Tyson. This union put her into the national spotlight, as Tyson was on the top of his career. He was one of the youngest boxers ever to receive the attention, acclaim and financial success that Tyson garnered. The marriage ended (on Valentine's Day), just a year later. Rumors hinted at abuse and infidelity. Robin gave marriage another chance in 1997, by marrying her tennis instructor Svetozar Marinkovic. The marriage proved a total failure, as the two were separated since the day they married, and Robin filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences". Aside from a successful model and acclaimed actress, Robin is a mother. In October 1999, she gave birth to a baby boy. The baby's father is tennis player Murphy Jensen, but the couple are no longer together. She has another child, and she is raising the two boys today. In 2000, Robin took a controversial career move as she took over for Mother Love on the successful television talk show, "Forgive or Forget" (1998). Her stint was brief, as just a few months later, the show stopped production. Many point to Mother Love's devoted audience, and the odd dismissal of her from the show she pioneered and created. Robin has tried to forge a friendship with Mother Love, but Love doesn't appear interested. Robin called in during a Howard Stern interview of Mother Love, where she said she was "on her way to work", which although innocent, proved to upset Mother Love.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Head of the Class 1986 - 1991 Comedy
Courthouse 1995 Drama
Chicken Soup for the Soul 1999 - 2000 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Women of Brewster Place 1989
A Rage in Harlem 1991 Comedy
Boomerang Jacqueline 1992 0, Biography
Blankman Kimberly Jonz 1994 0, 0
Foreign Student April 1994 Drama
Dangerous Intentions Kaye Ferrar 1995
The Elite Ashe 2001 0
Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs Iyanna 2002 Romance, Comedy
Head of State 2003 Comedy
A Good Night to Die Dana 2003 Action, Comedy, Thriller
Love Chronicles Monifa Burly 2003 Drama, Romance
Flip the Script Rain Jones 2005 Comedy
Restraining Order Diane McNeil 2006 Drama
Everything's Jake Publisher 2006 Comedy, Drama
The Family That Preys Abby 2008 Biography
Little Hercules in 3-D Dana 2009 Family
Enemies Among Us Gloria 2010 Action, Drama, Thriller
God Send Me a Man Kim 2010 Comedy, Drama
Church Girl Cat 2011
Should've Put a Ring on It Sherri 2011 Comedy
Je'Caryous Johnson's Marriage Material Shauna 2013 Comedy
Switching Lanes Miranda Johnson 2013 Drama, Sport
JK's House Dr. Amber Jenkins 2013 Family, Music
Angel's Wings Amber 2013 Family
Four Seasons Helen 2014 Comedy
A Christmas to Remember Veronica 2015 Comedy, Drama, Family
God's Not Dead 2 Principal Kinney 2016 Drama
Breathe Nurse Nancy 2018 Biography