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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 November 1964New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRobin Simone Givens
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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), 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Catherine Grace

Spouse (2)

Svetozar Marinkovic (22 August 1997 - 23 September 1998) (divorced)
Mike Tyson (7 February 1988 - 14 February 1989) (divorced)

Trivia (12)

Robin's father, Reuben, abandoned her family when she was a young girl and she seldom saw him after that.
Has been separated from her tennis instructor husband, Marinkovic, since the day they married. Filed for divorce 19 December 1997 citing irreconcilable differences.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43."
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#88).
Replaced Mother Love as hostess for the series Forgive or Forget (1998) (as of 17 January 2000)
28 January 2004 - Accidentally struck an 89-year old woman with her SUV in Miami. The woman was admitted to the hospital with unknown injuries.
Was a classmate of Holly Robinson Peete at Sarah Lawrence College.
Suffered from depression.
Miscarried her future 1st child with her now ex-1st husband Mike Tyson. [May 1988]
Adopted her 1st child as a single mother, a son Michael Givens (b.1992).
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 34, a son William Givens Jensen in October 1999. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Murphy Jensen.
Release of her book, "Grace Will Lead Me Home".

Personal Quotes (1)

I want someone who can handle me. And I'm not the easiest person to handle.

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