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  • Took acting classes at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts when she was 10 years old.
  • Enrolled as a freshman at Sarah Lawrence College to study medicine at age 15; decided to pursue acting during her junior year.
  • Made film debut in 1978 as an extra in The Wiz.
  • Debuted on TV in 1985 in a guest-starring role in an episode of the sitcom The Cosby Show.
  • Was founder and director of Never Blue Productions in New York City.
  • Worked as a model for the Ford Agency in New York.
  • Posed nude for Playboy magazine in September of 1994.
  • Performed in an off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues in 2000.
  • Debuted on Broadway in 2006 in the role of Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.
  • Penned her own memoir in 2007, entitled Grace Will Lead Me Home.


  • Ruth Roper — Mother
  • Howard Stern — Ex-significant Other
  • Murphy Jensen — Ex-significant Other
  • Reuben Givens — Father
  • Michael Givens — Son
  • Stephanie Givens — Sister
  • William Givens Jensen — Son
  • Svetozar Marinkovic — Ex-husband
  • Mike Tyson — Ex-husband
  • Brian Robbins — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, New York, United States; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, United States (BFA, 1984)

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  • Birth Name: Robin Simone Givens
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Model

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