Robin Givens

Real Name : Robin Simone Givens

Born: 27/11/1964 (57 yo)
Birth place: New York City, New York (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Actress


Robin Simone Givens is an American stage, television, and film actress.

Givens began her acting career after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1984. In 1986, she won the role of Darlene Merriman in the ABC sitcom Head of the Class. She remained with the series for its entire five-year run. After the series ended in 1991, she continued her career with film roles and guest starring roles on television.

In 1996, Givens co-starred on the sitcom Sparks which aired for two season on UPN. In January 2000, she took over hosting duties on the syndicated talk show Forgive or Forget. The show was canceled four months later. Givens has since had recurring roles on The Game, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, and Chuck. In 2007, Givens released her autobiography Grace Will Lead Me Home.

Givens has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage to boxer Mike Tyson in 1988 drew considerable media attention as did their divorce the following year. Her second marriage to tennis instructor Svetozar Marinkovi? in 1997 also lasted a year. In 1993, Givens adopted a son. In 2000, she gave birth to a second son who was fathered by her ex-boyfriend, tennis player Murphy Jensen.


Givens was born in New York City, New York the daughter of Ruth Roper (née Newby) and Reuben Givens. Givens' mother and father divorced when she was two. She and her sister Stephanie were raised by their mother in Mt. Vernon and New Rochelle, New York. Givens graduated from New Rochelle Academy (a N–12 private school which closed in June 1987), and enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College at age 15. She graduated in 1984. She then attended Harvard Medical School for two years before leaving to pursue her acting career.



Givens first began acting in 1985 with an appearance on The Cosby Show, followed by roles in Diff'rent Strokes, and the 1986 television film Beverly Hills Madam opposite Faye Dunaway. That same year, she landed her breakthrough role as rich girl Darlene Merriman on the ABC sitcom Head of the Class. The series lasted five seasons, ending in 1991. In 1989, while starring in Head of the Class, she appeared in The Women of Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey. She later appeared in 1992's Boomerang. 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 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. She also played as Donice in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


In January 2000, Givens appeared in a cameo in the music video "He Wasn't Man Enough" by Toni Braxton, as the wife of a cheating husband. She 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. Ratings initially increased after Givens took over hosting duties, but soon fell. The series was canceled after this 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 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.

In 2008, Givens returned to feature films in Tyler Perry's 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 starred in the 2009 stage play A Mother's Prayer, which also starred 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. In 2011, she guest-starred in three episodes of NBC's spy-comedy Chuck, "Chuck Versus the Masquerade", "Chuck Versus the A-Team" and "Chuck Versus the Muuurder", as Jane Bentley.

Personal life

After meeting in March 1987, Givens married boxer Mike Tyson on February 7, 1988. Tyson was then estimated to have 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 an alleged miscarriage in May 1988, the marriage began to fall apart. She alleged spousal abuse while Tyson alleged alienation and interest in his money, not in him. The marriage ended 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. She 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, Buddy. In 1997, she married her tennis instructor, Svetozar Marinkovi?. Givens filed for divorce months later. In 2000 she had a second son, William, with ex-boyfriend, Murphy Jensen.

Legal issues


In January 2004, Givens critically injured an 89-year-old pedestrian, Maria Antonia Alcover, while driving an SUV through a Miami, Florida intersection. Givens was ticketed for failing to use due care with a pedestrian in a crosswalk, but the charges were later dismissed. In June 2004, Alcover filed a civil lawsuit against Givens and her sister (the owner of the SUV Givens was driving) for an unknown amount.

Tax problems

A May 7, 2009 article in Forbes magazine reported that the Internal Revenue Service was suing Givens for unpaid federal income taxes totaling $292,000 which includes interest and penalties. The government has asked a federal court in Florida for a judgment against her on thirty-nine assessments covering a span of eight years.

Websites & Social Networks


  • 1978      The Wiz
  • 1991      A Rage in Harlem
  • 1992      Boomerang       
  • 1994      Foreign Student             
  • 1994      Blankman                          
  • 1995      Dangerous Intentions                  
  • 1998      Secrets                               
  • 2000      Everything's Jake                           
  • 2001      The Elite                             
  • 2002      Book of Love                    
  • 2002      Antibody            
  • 2003      Head of State   
  • 2003      Good Night To Die         
  • 2003      Love Chronicles              
  • 2005      Flip The Script                  
  • 2006      Restraining Order                          
  • 2008      Queen of Media                             
  • 2008      The Family That Preys                  
  • 2008      Little Hercules In 3-D                    
  • 2009      A Mother's Prayer         
  • 2010      Enemies Among Us       
  • 2012      Unspoken Words           
  • 2012      Double Sided   


  • 1985      The Cosby Show             
  • 1986      Diff'rent Strokes             
  • 1986      Beverly Hills Madam     
  • 1986      Philip Marlowe, Private Eye      
  • 1986–91 Head of the Class (114 episodes)
  • 1989      The Penthouse               
  • 1989      The Women of Brewster Place
  • 1992      Angel Street     
  • 1995      Me and the Boys            
  • 1995      The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air        
  • 1995      Courthouse (11 episodes)
  • 1996      In the House    
  • 1996      A Face to Die For            
  • 1996–98 Sparks (40 episodes)
  • 1997      Moesha              
  • 1999      The Love Boat: The Next Wave                               
  • 1999      Michael Jordan: An American Hero       
  • 1999      Cosby  
  • 2000      The Expendables           
  • 2000      Chicken Soup for the Soul          
  • 2000      DAG     
  • 2001      Spinning Out of Control              
  • 2003      Hollywood Wives: The New Generation             
  • 2003–04 One on One
  • 2005      Captive Hearts                
  • 2008      Burn Notice      
  • 2008      The Game
  • 2008      Everybody Hates Chris
  • 2010      My Parents, My Sister & Me     
  • 2010      Drop Dead Diva               
  • 2010      Nikita   
  • 2011      Chuck  
  • 2011      Reed Between the Lines            
  • 2012      Suburgatory     
  • 2012      Retired at 35     
  • 2013      90210
  • 2013-present    Twisted


Awards and nominations

  • 1991      ShoWest Convention, USA - Won - Female Star of Tomorrow  
  • 2004      Black Reel Awards - Nominated - Television: Best Supporting Actress for Hollywood Wives: The New Generation