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Debbie Allen Biography and Filmography
Debbie Allen
Birthday: January 16, 1950
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA
Height: 5' 2"
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African American actress/dancer Debbie Allen had built up a solid reputation as a Broadway choreographer by the time she made her screen debut in The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979). In 1980, she created the role of demanding dance instructor Lydia Grant in Fame (1980), a role she carried over into the long-running TV series of the same name. Each and every episode of this five-season series began with Debbie addressing a roomful of students: "You want fame?...Well, fame costs. And the price is sweat." Practicing what she preached, Debbie not only co-starred in the series but directed several episodes and handled the choreography, winning a brace of Emmies in the process. She went on to win a Tony award for the 1986 Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. The older sister of Cosby Show co-star Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen has herself remained active on the small screen, in the early '90s mapping out the production numbers of the annual Academy Awards telecast and in the mid-'90s co-starring with rapper LL Cool J on the weekly NBC sitcom In the House.
I Was a Network Star (2006)
[ Marisa Tomei ][ Lisa Bonet ][ Jasmine Guy ][ Dawnn Lewis ]
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006)
[ Loretta Devine ]
Legal Affairs: Part 2 (2005)
Legal Affairs: Part 1 (2005)
Kiss, Kiss, Pass (2005)
Starting Over (2005)
[ Daphne Zuniga ]
That's So Raven: Supernaturally Stylish (2004)
[ Raven ][ Anneliese van der Pol ][ T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh ]
The Old Settler (2001)
[ Phylicia Rashad ]
Out-of-Sync (1995)
[ Victoria Dillard ]
Mind Your Own Business (1993)
Happy Birthday to Moi (1993)
To Whit, with Love (1993)
College Kid (1993)
Stompin' at the Savoy (1992)
[ Vanessa Williams ][ Jasmine Guy ][ Lynn Whitfield ][ Dawnn Lewis ]
Polly: Comin' Home! (1990)
[ Phylicia Rashad ]
Polly (1989)
[ Phylicia Rashad ]
The Debbie Allen Special (1989)
  • Sister of Phylicia Rashad.
  • Her husband, Norman Nixon, is a former NBA player with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Received an Honorary doctorate from The North Carolina School of the Arts, the same institution that denied her admittance to its dance department when she was sixteen years old; she was told then that she had the wrong type of body for dance.
  • Has an Honorary doctorate from her alma mater Howard University.
  • Won 1992 & 1995 Essence Awards.
  • Won the first Lena Horne Award for Career Achievement at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.
  • Has twice been nominated for Tony Awards: in 1980, as Best Actress (Featured Role -Musical) for a revival of "West Side Story," and in 1986, as Best Actress (Musical) for playing the title character in a revival of Bob Fosse's "Sweet Charity."
  • Received a Drama Desk Award in 1979.
  • She has two honorary doctorates, one from the North Carolina School of the Arts and one from her alma mater Howard University.
  • Her most notable role to date, that of "Lydia Grant" on the TV Series "Fame" (1982), earned her three Emmy Nominations and one Golden Globe.
  • Founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Institute
  • Choreographed five Academy Award shows
  • Her father passed away ten days after he accompanied her to the Emmy Awards Ceremony in which she won for Best Choreography for "Fame" (1982).
  • Authored children's books entitled, "Brothers of the Knight" and "Dancing in the Wings".
  • Children with Norman Nixon: Vivian (b. 1984) and Norm Jr (b. 1987). Adopted Stepson, Devaughn
  • Ex-sister-in-law of Victor Willis and Ahmad Rashad.
  • Her daughter Vivian is in the lead role of the Broadway musical "Hot Feet". Vivian was classically trained at Washington D.C.'s Kirov Academy of Ballet and at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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