Debbie Allen

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Deborrah Kaye Allen
  • Birth Place: Houston, TX
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/16/1950, Capricorn
  • Profession: Dancer; director; actor
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Debbie Allen Fast Facts:
  • In 1964 became the first black dancer to gain entry to the Houston Foundation for Ballet.   
  • Made her Broadway debut in 1971 as a member of the chorus in Purlie.
  • Became a principal dancer and assistant to George Faison, the founder of the Universal Dance Experience, in 1972.
  • Was featured in both film versions (1980 and 2009) and the TV version of Fame.
  • Authored two children's books: Dancing in the Wings and Brothers of the Knight.
  • Founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, a nonprofit dance studio located in Los Angeles.
  • Made her theatrical directorial debut in March 2008 with the Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which featured an all-black cast. 
     
  • Debbie Allen Relationships:
  • Vivian Ayers Allen - Mother
  • Norman Nixon Jr. - Son
  • Win Wilford - Ex-husband
  • Norm Nixon - Husband
  • Andrew Allen - Father
  • Phylicia Rashad - Sister
  • Andrew Allen Jr. - Brother
  • Vivian Nichole Nixon - Daughter
  • Hugh Allen - Brother
  • Debbie Allen Awards:
  • 1983 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1989 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1985 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1989 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1983 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1985 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Nominee
  • 1980 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Musical) - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Nominee
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Winner
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Winner
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Choreography - Nominee
  • 1983 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Winner
  • 1986 Tony: Actress (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1985 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics - Nominee
  • 1995 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography - Nominee
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography - Nominee
  • 1984 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Nominee
  • College:
  • Howard University, Washington, DC (BFA, 1971)

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