In 1980, at the young age of 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 after graduation. Her first step was going to regular auditions for parts on the many soap operas shooting in New York, and she was soon offered roles on The Guiding Light and Another World. She also landed a role on the highly popular Cosby Show, and as a result, she and comedian Bill Cosby
forged a great friendship, which proved to be instrumental in the development of Robin's career.
In 1986, three days after she arrived in Hollywood, Robin landed a part in the television movie Hollywood Madam with Faye Dunaway. At the same time she read for the role of Darlene Marrimen on the sitcom Head of the Class, which she also landed. She has since appeared in a number of successful feature films, including Boomerang, A Rage in Harlem, Blankman, and Foreign Student. Her other television appearances include the made-for-TV movies Women of Brewster Place, Michael Jordan: An American Hero, The Face, and On Wings of Fear, as well as roles on the sitcoms Sparks, Courthouse and Angel Street.
Robin and her younger sister were raised in Westchester, New York by their mother, who always encouraged her children's creativity and appreciation for the arts. Givens is the mother of two young sons. She is an avid tennis player and reader, and she also loves to write.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
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