Robin Givens
Actress
Robin Givens
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.
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Mike Tyson, Former Boxer and Convicted Rapist, Makes Charming Film With Spike Lee
Mother Jones - over 3 years
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth affords Mike Tyson yet another big opportunity to open up. Spike Lee's new film (premiering Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO) documents the controversial boxing legend's one-man Broadway show. Tyson—sharply dressed, sweaty, charismatic—commands the stage for an hour and a half, dishing on his public and private ups and downs. (The show was written by his wife, Kiki Tyson.) "I came from the gutter," he says to the packed theater. He discusses (in full-on emotional vulnerability mode) his rough childhood and deaths in the family; his star-making fights and his history of substance abuse; his adrenaline rushes and his rude awakenings. He cracks a lot of cheap jokes, including one about Mitt Romney's whiteness and one about George Zimmerman. This documentary and one-man show are the latest steps in his years-long effort to reinvent himself. Instead of a drug-addled, off-putting, ear-chomping fighter, he's now a sensitive, vegan funnyman who writes for Ne ...
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Shayne Lee: Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Last Summer Mike Tyson's one-man play began a brief but impressive run of sold out performances on Broadway billed as Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Now six months later, the same Spike Lee directed show is on a 10-week nationwide tour. Tyson backed out of some tour dates including his scheduled stop in my heralded city of Houston. This unexpected cancellation made me all the more grateful that I ventured out to New York City last August to peep his Broadway debut. The prizefighter that sports pundits once pronounced "The Baddest Man on the Planet" enraptured patrons in the packed Longacre Theater with bewildering tales of violence, vulgarity, and sexual intrigue. Tyson is no stranger to filling seats. The prizefighter generated his share of sold out performances throughout his Hall of Fame boxing career. His unpredictability fueled his marketability. The fast and furious heavyweight had devastating knockout power in both hands so any blow could seal his op ...
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Tyson, Holyfield Meet Again
Huffington Post - about 4 years
CHICAGO -- Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield stood toe to toe again, only this time there were hugs and smiles – and no bites to the ear. The ill will that marked the former champions' rivalry was nowhere in sight. Instead, they were like old friends meeting in a supermarket, which is exactly what they did on Saturday. They were at a Jewel-Osco on Chicago's South Side, where Holyfield was signing autographs and promoting his barbecue sauce. Tyson, in town performing his one-man show, made a cameo. "I just wanted to see Evander, man," Tyson said. "I love Evander. I'm forever linked with him for the rest of my life." Hard to believe those words came from the man who bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear during a fight, but the former "Baddest Man On The Planet" is showing a different side. He's baring his soul on stage, documenting his rise from Brooklyn's streets to the heavyweight championship and subsequent fall from grace. It's all there, from his drug use ...
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Mike Tyson Returns To Indianapolis With One-Man Show
Huffington Post - about 4 years
INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Tyson the entertainer is coming back to the city that put him in prison. The boxer once dubbed as the "Baddest Man on the Planet" is settling into his new role as the star of a one-man, 36-city road show called "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." Now 46, Tyson hopes to show city residents Wednesday night he's a very different person than the one they remember – the brash young heavyweight champion who was convicted of raping an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant and then spent three life-changing years behind bars in the 1990s. Helicopters were on hand for his release from prison in 1995, and he hasn't been back since. "At the time, I was living a pretty hectic life and pretty wild and I don't know what would have happened if I had three more years of that life," Tyson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Las Vegas. "So maybe that was, everything happens for a reason. You know, when I left prison, I did a lot better than wh ...
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WATCH: Mike Tyson Dishes On Brad Pitt-Robin Givens Story
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson stopped by HuffPost Live Tuesday to talk about his career, his one-man show, the Mike Tyson Cares Foundation, and the controversial news that Tyson will play a death-row inmate on NBC's "Law and Order SVU." Iron Mike also dished about the time he caught ex-wife Robin Givens in a compromising position with Brad Pitt. According to the champ, the story "got carried away" after he told it to Yahoo! last month and that he never caught the two in bed. Rather, he caught the two in Givens' car. Tyson explained: "They pulled up in her car, I knew it was her car because I paid for it. She pulled over and I see this little grayish silhouette in the passenger seat. So I'm thinking it's one of her white girlfriends from that whack show the 'Head of the Class.' And as they get closer, I know it's not a white girl from 'Head of the Class,' it's some white guy that she's probably giving head to. Alright? So when they get closer ... they see me, ...
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Robin Givens and ‘Head of the Class’ cast: Where are they now?
Fox News - about 4 years
Our friends at Snakkle.com took a look at where the stars of "Head of the Class" are today. 
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Mike Tyson Talks About Finding Brad Pitt In Bed With His Wife
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Few would choose to end up on Mike Tyson's bad side, but when Brad Pitt got into bed with Tyson's ex-wife, Robin Givens, he did just that. During an interview for "In Depth with Graham Bensinger" on Yahoo! Sports, Tyson discussed the day he walked into ex-wife Givens' house to find the "Head of the Class" actress in bed with the hunky heartthrob. "I hope Brad don't think I'm mad at him. I'm not mad at this guy, no way," Tyson said, referring to the 1980s tryst. Tyson explained that while he and Givens were tending to divorce proceedings in 1988, they would still have sex. "I was getting a divorce. I was going to my lawyer's office to divorce her that day but I wanted to sneak in a quickie." Apparently, Givens was also spending time with Pitt. "This particular day, someone beat me to the punch," Tyson told Bensinger. "I guess Brad got there earlier than I did. I was mad as hell. You should've saw his face when he saw me." In April, while speaking to Global Grind ...
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Mike Tyson Gears Up Nationwide Theater Tour
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK — Lock up your ears – Mike Tyson's coming to a theater near you. The former champion boxer and convicted rapist will take his one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" on a three-month tour to more than a dozen cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit and Washington, D.C. The two-hour show, directed by Spike Lee and written by Tyson's wife, Kiki, debuted in Las Vegas and had a limited run on Broadway this summer. The tour starts in Indianapolis in February. The show traces Iron Mike's rise from violent street hood in Brooklyn to a fearsome athlete. Then comes the fall – prison inmate, tabloid target, cocaine and Evander Holyfield's delicious ear. There are stories about first wife Robin Givens, promoter Don King and Brad Pitt. ___ Online: http://www.facebook.com/MikeTysonOnTour
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Mike Tyson Lands Publishing Deal For Tell-All Memoir
Huffington Post - over 4 years
After making his Broadway debut this past summer in his one-man show, “Undisputed Truth,” Mike Tyson is set to another title to his vast portfolio of brand extensions. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Iron Mike has landed a book deal with Penguin Group imprint, Blue Rider Press in preparation of his forthcoming tell-all memoir aptly titled, “Undisputed Truth.” For the summer 2013 release, Tyson will reveal in depth details of his tumultuous career and personal life including his much publicized marriage to Robin Givens and losing his $400 million fortune. In addition, the former heavyweight boxing champ will have a helping hand from fellow New York based writer Larry “Ratso” Sloman, who was also responsible for co-writing Howard Stern’s 1995 best-seller, “Miss America.” Earlier this year while promoting his Broadway show, Tyson opened up to the “Today Show” on the moment he realized he wanted to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. "I just threw up the whit ...
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Mike Tyson and director Spike Lee team up to take the boxer's 1-man show to Broadway
Fox News - over 4 years
Mike Tyson wants his next knockout to be on Broadway. The former boxer announced Monday that he will team up with director Spike Lee to bring his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," to the Longacre Theatre for six nights only, July 31 to Aug. 5. The show, a raw confessional on the highs and lows of the life of the retired heavyweight and tabloid target, will mark both Tyson's and Lee's debut on Broadway. It made its debut in April for a weeklong run at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. "I'm very vulnerable and I'm just telling you who I am and where I'm from and how this happened," Tyson said at a news conference at the Longacre, wearing white pants, a white shirt and a gray jacket. Tyson, like Lee a Brooklyn native, became the youngest-ever heavyweight champion in 1986, when he won his title as a 20-year-old. His life since then has been marred by accusations of domestic violence, rape and drug use. "It tak ...
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Robin Givens to star as deceptive nanny in play ’Deranged’ in Toronto
Cape Breton Post - over 4 years
TORONTO (CP) — American actress Robin Givens is set to play a deceptive nanny in a new stage play in Toronto.
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Gotham Gossipist: Mike Tyson Reportedly In Talks To Bring Show To Broadway
CBS New York - almost 5 years
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – From a bit part in “The Hangover” to…Broadway? The boxing gloves may be off (for now), but Tyson is still center ring…or, center stage. According to Page Six, Tyson is in talks with Broadway producer Eric Nederlander to bring his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” to the Great White Way. Tyson premiered the show, co-written with wife Kiki, in Las Vegas at a six show run at the MGM Grand. The show is said to candidly address some of Tyson’s more famous indiscretions, including his abusive marriage to Robin Givens, his stint in prison term for rape, time spent in a mental hospital and the famed Evander Holyfield ear-bite. Would you watch a stage rendition of the Autobiography of Mike Tyson? Filed under: Entertainment, Entertainment, Gossip Tagged: Broadway, Eric Nederlander, Gotham Gossipist, Las Vegas, Mike Tyson
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Da Brick: Spike Lee takes on Mike Tyson - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
There is plenty from his life to draw on – including his tumultuous marriage to Robin Givens and a 1992 conviction for rape – although the show is likely to be inspired by Tyson's life rather than a straightforward biopic. In which case whose life do
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"Star Power" Brings Boxing and Showbiz Together - Las Vegas Blog (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Other heavyweight champs made it more official: Jack Dempsey married movie star Estelle Taylor, Max Schmeling wed actress Anny Ondra as well as more recently, Mike Tyson was briefly, as well as tempestuously, married to actress Robin Givens
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Fishing Lake Ontario beats facing Irene - Allentown Morning Call
Google News - over 5 years
The lake was calm that day my friend, calm like Mike Tyson on lithium and letting then-wife Robin Givens verbally abuse him on the Oprah show with nary a whimper. With apologies to the "Seinfeld" writers, Lake Ontario was the exact opposite of that
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'How you doin'?' - Sacramento News & Review
Google News - over 5 years
You were working on a movie, Queen of Media, based on your life and starring Robin Givens as you—what's up with its release? That was a movie we did at a time that ended up being my last year in radio. My husband and I financed it independently and we
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Boxing KO of the Day: Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson, KO10 - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Tyson on the other hand was not as motivated; his marriage to actress Robin Givens had ended and his discipline declined. Despite those signs, the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas had Tyson as 42-1 favorite. It was the only sportsbook to post odds on the
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Kim Kardashian Wedding to Kris Humphries Among the Most Hyped of All Time? - Gather Celebs News Channel
Google News - over 5 years
On that list are Mike Tyson and Robin Givens, the marriage of Andre Agassi to Stefi Graf, and Tiger Woods marriage to Elin Nordegren. Listed at the #1 spot is David Beckham and Posh Spice's UK wedding, which the author speculates is the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robin Givens
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 46
    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. 2015 starred along Clifton Powell, Mishon Ratliff and Malachi Malik in the segment Mama's Boy of TV One's anthology romance horror film Fear Files.
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  • 2009
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The government had asked a federal court in Florida for a judgment against her on 39 assessments covering a span of eight years.
    Givens starred in the 2009 stage play A Mother's Prayer, which also starred Johnny Gill, Shirley Murdock, and Jermaine Crawford.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    In 2007, Givens published a memoir entitled Grace Will Lead Me Home.
    More Details Hide Details 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 2007, she toured the country playing a part in the I'm Ready Productions play Men, Money & Golddiggers.
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  • 2006
    Age 41
    From February to April 16, 2006, she played the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway play Chicago.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 36
    In 2001, she appeared in an Off Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues.
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  • 2000
    Age 35
    In January 2000, Givens appeared in a cameo in Toni Braxton's music video "He Wasn't Man Enough", as the wife of a cheating husband.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Givens returned to feature films in Tyler Perry's Southern drama The Family That Preys (2008). She also had a recurring role portraying a fictionalized version of herself on the CW comedy-drama The Game. Additionally, she has had a recurring role on the TBS show Tyler Perry's House of Payne, and a guest role on USA Network's Burn Notice. In addition to television and film roles, Givens has performed onstage.
    In 2000, she gave birth to a second son fathered by her ex-boyfriend, tennis player Murphy Jensen.
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  • 1998
    Age 33
    Later that year, she co-starred in the UPN sitcom Sparks, which series ended its run in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details She also played Denise in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    In 1997, she married her tennis instructor, Svetozar Marinković; Givens filed for divorce months later.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, she had a second son, William, with ex-boyfriend, Murphy Jensen. 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.
    Her second marriage, to tennis instructor Svetozar Marinković in 1997, also lasted a year.
    More Details Hide Details In 1993, Givens adopted a son.
  • 1996
    Age 31
    In 1996, Givens portrayed Claudia in the television movie The Face (also known as A Face to Die For) with Yasmine Bleeth.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 29
    In 1994, she posed nude for Playboy magazine and was ranked #88 on Empire Magazines 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History list in May 1995.
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  • 1989
    Age 24
    In 1989, while starring in Head of the Class, she appeared in The Women of Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey.
    More Details Hide Details She later appeared in Boomerang (1992).
  • 1988
    Age 23
    After a miscarriage in May 1988, the marriage began to fall apart.
    More Details Hide Details Givens 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, Michael.
    Her first marriage, to boxer Mike Tyson in 1988, drew considerable media attention as did their divorce the following year.
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  • 1986
    Age 21
    After meeting in March 1986, Givens married boxer Mike Tyson on February 7, 1988.
    More Details Hide Details 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 $4.6 million mansion in the affluent suburb of Bernardsville, New Jersey.
  • 1985
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 19
    She graduated in 1984.
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    Givens began her acting career after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details 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 seasons 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on November 27, 1964.
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