Ruth Roper Givens is the mother of Robin Givens, an American actress, director and model. Robin is known for portraying Darlene Merriman in the sitcom Head of the Class. Ruth Roper Givens raised her two children, Stephanie and Robin Givens as a single mom.
She is a grandmother of two through her daughter Robin Givens; they are Michael Givens and William Givens Jensen.
Ruth Roper met Reuben Givens in high school; they were both visiting their families. Reuben was a student at Lafayette Douglass High when he played basketball. Soon after graduating high school, he married Ruth Roper Given s in 1964. However, the couple separated towards the end of 1966; at the time, Robin Givens was just two years old.
After their divorce, Reuben went his path, and Ruth raised her children on her own. However, it is unclear if he remarried.
Life After Divorcing Reuben
Ruth Roper continued with her life after divorcing Reuben, though it is unclear if she was pregnant with Stephanie Givens at the time of her divorce. She must have worked hard to make ends meet for her children. Ruth raised her daughters according to catholic beliefs; when her daughter Robin showed interest in acting and modeling, she supported her.
Despite being the mother of a top model and actress, Ruth has stayed off the spotlight, so little about her personal life is known.
Robin Givens started modeling and acting as a teen; as a model, she appeared in magazines, including Mademoiselle and Seventeen. In the film industry, Ruth Roper’s daughter made her debut aged 14 when she made a guest appearance in The Wiz.
Ruth’s daughter attended Sarah Lawrence College as a pre-medical major and graduated four years later in 1984; Robin acted in school dramas.
Her Daughter’s Career
After her breakthrough in 1986, Robin featured in several films and tv shows; she played Claudia in the film A Face to Die For. From 1990 to 1996, she portrayed Denise in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alongside Will Smith.
Robin’s other film and television credits include The Perfect Match, where she portrayed Geneva Sparks as a main character, One on One, Everybody Hates Chris and Riverdale portraying Sierra McCoy, a recurring character.
The Love Life of Ruth Roper’s Daughter
Ruth Roper’s daughter dated boxer Mike Tyson from 1987 to 1988. Their relationship was abusive, and Givens claimed Tyson had physically abused her before their wedding in February 1988. In an interview, Ruth Roper’s daughter claimed that life with Mike Tyson was pure hell; she filed for divorce in October 1988.
On hearing of the couple’s rumored separation, fans started saying that Robin married Tyson only for his money. Years later, Robin Givens married Svetozar Marinkovic, her tennis instructor, but then separated barely a year later.
Ruth’s daughter had a romantic relationship with Murphy Jensen, with whom she had a son, William Jensen. Robin has been single for a while though it is unclear if she is seeing someone.