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Robin Simone Givens (born November 27, 1964) is an American film, television, and stage actress. 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 (closed 1987). Still at 15, she enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College. She later claimed she studied various medical courses at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, although Harvard`s registrar office only confirmed that she took one class in 1984. 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.
Givens dated her Head of the Class co-star Brian Robbins, comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, and a pre-fame Brad Pitt. She briefly dated Howard Stern from 1999-2000. After meeting in March 1987, she married boxer Mike Tyson on February 7, 1988. Tyson was then estimated to have $USD $50 million, and he and Givens did not make a prenuptial agreement. During their marriage, Givens and her mother bought a $4.5 million dollar mansion in the affluent suburb of Bernardsville, New Jersey. After a 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, 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.
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Sarah Lawrence College, New York, USA, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Robin Simone Givens (born November 27, 1964) is an American stage, television, and film actress.
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