Black Celebrity: Robin Givens

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Robin Givens is well-known for her role as Darlene Merriman in the ABC sitcom Head of the Class.  However, my favorite role was of her playing Jacqueline Broyer in the 1992 romantic comedy Boomerang.  The film stars Eddie Murphy as Marcus Graham, a hotshot advertising executive who also happens to be an insatiable womanizer and male chauvinist.

When he meets his new boss, Jacqueline, Marcus discovers that she is essentially a female version of himself, and realizes he is receiving the same treatment that he delivers to others. The film features supporting performances by Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, and Martin Lawrence. If you have not seen the film, go rent it.  It is hilarious!

A quick bio on Robin…

She was born on November 27, 1964 in New York City, New York. She is an American film, TV and Stage actress. Her parents divorced when Robin was just two years old. She and her sister Stephanie were raised by their mother in New Rochelle, New York.
She attended New Rochelle Academy in 1980. At the age of 15, she enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College. She later studied several Medical courses at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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In early 1980s, Givens worked as a model under the ‘Ford Modeling Agency’. She used to pose for magazines like Mademoiselle and Sweet Seventeen. She acted in ‘The Cosby Show’ and later ‘Diff’erent Strokes’. She also made several appearances in soap operas such as the ‘Guiding Light’.  In 1986, she acted in the television film ‘Beverly Hills Madame’ opposite Faye Dunaway.

Her first major role in feature film was ‘A Rage in Harlem’ in 1991. She posed nude for the Playboy Magazine in 1994. Her part as a Lawyer in the UPN television picture ‘Sparks’ brought her many accolades.