Robin Givens began her acting career with an appearance on The Cosby Show. The following year, she landed her breakthrough role as Darlene Merriman on the hit ABC series “Head of the Class” (1986-1991). During that time she co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in the miniseries “The Women of Brewster Place” (1989). Givens then starred in several back-to-back movies including a critically acclaimed starring role in “A Rage In Harlem” (1991) with Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover & Gregory Hines under the direction of Bill Duke; Boomerang opposite Eddie Murphy in 1992; Foreign Student (1992); Blankman with Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier (1994); She was listed among Empire Magazine’s “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” in 1995. More recently Givens returned to films working with Tyler Perry on his The Family That Preys Together (2008) with Kathy Bates and the TBS series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” as well as a recurring role on USA Network’s “Burn Notice.” Last season, Givens starred in recurring guest star role on the hit series “Chuck” as well as guest star roles on the CW’s “Nikita,” Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” and BET’s “Reed Between the Lines” with Malcolm Jamal Warner.
Then she starred in the Fox pilot series “Tagged” in 2011. She has worked extensively on stage including a successful stint on Broadway in the leading role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago (2006) and has performed in the Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues (2006). In 2007, she published her first book, Grace Will Lead Me Home. She recently garnered rave reviews for her starring role in the acclaimed production of “Blues for an Alabama Sky” opposite Kadeem Hardison and Kevin T. Carroll at The Pasadena Playhouse under the director of Artistic Director Sheldon Epps.
She is Co-Chair of “Women Who Care.”