Robin Givens (Actress) as Darlene - Head of the Class
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Updated: 4/8/2007

Name: Robin Givens

Born: November 27, 1964 in New York, New York

Claim To Fame: I'm going to go with her most famous acting role... that was as Darlene Merriman in 'Head of the Class'.

Family Life: Svetozar Marinkovic (August 1997 - 1997) (divorced)
Mike Tyson (February 1988 - February 1989) (divorced)
Son: Michael (b. 1992)
Son: William (b. Oct-1999)

Info: 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.

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Trivia: Robin's father, Reuben, abandoned her family when she was a young girl and she seldom saw him after that.

Gave birth to a baby boy in October 1999. The father of baby is tennis player Murphy Jensen but the couple are no longer together.

She took another chance at marriage 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.'

Replaced Mother Love as hostess for the series "Forgive or Forget"

In January 2004 she 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 at Sarah Lawrence College of Holly Robinson Peete.

She appeared in a cameo in music video He Wasn't Man Enough by Toni Braxton, as the wife of a cheating husband.

She said she didn't get "a dime" in her divorce with Mike Tyson and that they also did not have a prenup.

She also dated Howard Stern for a short period of time.

Where Are They Now: Robin is still acting in roles. In fact she two films completed for this year (see credits).

A few years back she even took her acting to the theater where she performed in New York in the Off-Broadway production of 'The Vagina Monologues.' She earned good reviews for her performance.

Right now you can see Robin in the TV Show 'Saints and Sinners' on MyNetworkTV... But hurry, I don't know how long this series will stay on the air. The whole network is doing a shake-up.

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Write To Robin Givens:
Robin Givens
c/o Alan Iezman
Shelter Entertainment
9255 Sunset Blvd #1010
Los Angeles, CA 90069 


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