Robin Givens

Actor
Actress Robin Givens rose to notoriety in the mid-1980s as the star of a popular teen-sitcom, only to gain infamy for her disastrous marriage to troubled heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson by decade's end. Encouraged by ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1964 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Four Seasons 2014 (Movie)

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Twisted 2013 (Tv Show)

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Breathe 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

God Send Me A Man 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nikita 2010 (Tv Show)

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Little Hercules in 3-D 2009 (Movie)

Dana (Actor)

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

Abby (Actor)

Captive Hearts 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Flip the Script 2004 (Movie)

Rain (Actor)

Love Chronicles 2004 (Movie)

Monifa Burly (Actor)

A Good Night to Die 2003 (Movie)

Dana (Actor)

Antibody 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Head of State 2003 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Dag 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Elite 2001 (Movie)

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Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Forgive or Forget 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Expendables 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Cosby 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Everything's Jake 1999 (Movie)

Publisher (Actor)

Michael Jordan: An American Hero 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Moesha 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Secrets 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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The Vicki Lawrence Show 1995 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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In the House 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Sparks 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Courthouse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Secrets 1996 (Movie)

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Me and the Boys 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Blankman 1994 (Movie)

Kimberly Jonz (Actor)

Foreign Student 1994 (Movie)

April (Actor)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Jacqueline (Actor)

A Rage in Harlem 1991 (Movie)

Imabelle (Actor)

Head of the Class 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

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People Magazine on TV (04/19/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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People Magazine on TV 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Face to Die For (TV Show)

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Angel Street (TV Show)

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Beverly Hills Madam (TV Show)

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Dangerous Intentions (TV Show)

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Spinning Out of Control (TV Show)

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The Penthouse (TV Show)

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The Women of Brewster Place (TV Show)

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Biography

Actress Robin Givens rose to notoriety in the mid-1980s as the star of a popular teen-sitcom, only to gain infamy for her disastrous marriage to troubled heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson by decade's end. Encouraged by none other than Bill Cosby to pursue a career in acting, Givens soon landed a starring role on the popular sitcom "Head of the Class" (1986-1991). Her scandalous marriage to Tyson in 1988, however, took her from TV darling to tabloid temptress, resulting in Givens being dubbed the "Most Hated Woman in America" at one point. Looking to shift the focus away from her turbulent personal life and back to her professional work, the actress impressed with a convincing turn as a femme fatale in the crime drama "A Rage in Harlem" (1991). Appearances alongside leading men like Eddie Murphy in "Boomerang" (1992) and Damon Wayans in "Blankman" (1994) distanced her further from the Tyson episode. In the years that followed, she posed nude for Playboy, married again (for a single day), appeared on Broadway, published her memoir Grace Will Lead Me Home, and co-starred in such feature films as Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys" (2008). Despite earnest attempts to set the record straight and reconcile with her past, as well as continue to work in film and television, Givens would be forever linked to those brief, stormy years spent with the volatile boxer.

Relationships

Ruth Roper

Mother

Stephanie Givens

Sister

Michael Givens

Son
born c. 1992 adopted

Murphy Jensen

Companion
became romantically involved in late 1998 father of Givens' son William

William Jensen

Son
born c. August 1999

Jason Kidd

Companion
played basketball with Dallas Mavericks no longer together

Svetozar Marinkovic

Husband
married on August 22, 1997 separated on August 22, 1997 Givens filed for divorce on December 19, 1997

Brad Pitt Actor

Companion

Brian Robbins Executive Producer

Companion
co-star on ABC's "Head of the Class" dated briefly c. 1986

Mike Tyson Actor

Husband
Met 1987 Married 1988 Divorced Feb. 14, 1989 in the Dominican Republic; Givens received $1 million in cash and kept jewelry given to her by Tyson

EDUCATION

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York
was youngest student ever accepted at age 15; roommate was Lauren Holly

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1984 - 1985
was persuaded by Bill Cosby to pursue acting full-time

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York
began studies at age ten

Milestones

2006

Cast in the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of "Chicago"

2000

Hosted the syndicated TV show "Forgive and Forget"

1995

Returned to series TV in the short-lived CBS drama "Courthouse"

1991

First major role in a feature, "A Rage in Harlem"

1986

Acted first major role in a TV movie, "Beverly Hills Madam"

1986

Won major role as Darlene in TV series, "Head of the Class"

1981

Appeared in first film, "Fort Apache, The Bronx"

Acted guest roles in soap operas "Loving" and "The Guiding Light" during school

Modeled in New York at Ford Agency; appeared in "Seventeen" and "Mademoiselle"

Starred in the UPN sitcom "Sparks"

Bonus Trivia

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When Givens auditioned for "The Cosby Show", Bill Cosby supposedly promised to pay for her graduate studies if she was not successful as an actress in two years.

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