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Debbie Allen Biography

Birth Name:
Deborrah Kaye Allen
Birth Place:
Houston, Texas, United States
Profession
Dancer, director, actor

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

Awards

  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: winner
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: nominated
  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: nominated
  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics: nominated
  • 1985Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: winner
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: winner

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