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 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. In 1989, while starring in Head of the Class, she appeared in The Women of Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey. 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. Givens dated her Head of the Class co-star Brian Robbins, comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, and a pre-fame Brad Pitt. After meeting in March 1987, she married boxer Mike Tyson on February 7, 1988.
Tyson was then estimated to have $USD million, and he and Givens did not make a prenuptial agreement.
During their marriage, Givens and her mother bought a .5 million dollar mansion in the affluent suburb of Bernardsville, New Jersey.