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Birth information

16 January 1950 Houston, Texas, USA

Given Name

Deborrah Kaye Allen

How tall is Debbie Allen?

1.57 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Norman Nixon
Winnfred Wilford

Life Story of Debbie Allen

Deborah Kaye Allen was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Debbie, her older brother, Andrew (called Tex), and her older sister, actress Phylicia Rashad, lived in Mexico to escape US racism. Their mother decided to live there to give the Allen children a brief experience of not having to endure the chronic racism and segregation that was typical of Texas during the 1950s. Debbie and Phylicia are fluent in Spanish.

Debbie graduated from Jack Yates Senior High School in Houston, TX in 1967. She graduated cum laude from Howard University in 1971 with a BFA in Classical Greek Literature, Speech, and Theater from Howard University. She used her experiences from attending Historically Black College Howard to inform her production and direction of the TV show A Different World (1987).

Although her parents divorced, Debbie remained extremely close to her father until his death. With Phylicia she has production company "D.A.D." which stood for "Doctor Allen's Daughters". Her Pulitzer-nominated poet mother Vivian is, the artistic and free spirit...

How much money has Debbie Allen earned?

A Different World (1987) $1,000,000

What movies did Debbie Allen play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Untitled Fame Drama , Grey's Anatomy (2020) , Grey's Anatomy: Post-Op (2017) , A Star for Rose (2013) , My Parents, My Sister & Me (2010) , Alex in Wonderland: Interview with Debbie Allen (2010) , Alex in Wonderland: Rehearsing Wonderland (2010) , Fame (2003) , Cool Women (2002) , The Painting (2001) , PBS Hollywood Presents (2001) , The Old Settler (2001) , Martin Luther King Special One Day (1998) , Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage (1997) , Amistad (1997) , A Different World...

Birth information

16 January 1950 Houston, Texas, USA

Given Name

Deborrah Kaye Allen

How tall is Debbie Allen?

1.57 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Norman Nixon
Winnfred Wilford

Life Story of Debbie Allen

Deborah Kaye Allen was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Debbie, her older brother, Andrew (called Tex), and her older sister, actress Phylicia Rashad, lived in Mexico to escape US racism. Their mother decided to live there to give the Allen children a brief experience of not having to endure the chronic racism and segregation that was typical of Texas during the 1950s. Debbie and Phylicia are fluent in Spanish.

Debbie graduated from Jack Yates Senior High School in Houston, TX in 1967. She graduated cum laude from Howard University in 1971 with a BFA in Classical Greek Literature, Speech, and Theater from Howard University. She used her experiences from attending Historically Black College Howard to inform her production and direction of the TV show A Different World (1987).

Although her parents divorced, Debbie remained extremely close to her father until his death. With Phylicia she has production company "D.A.D." which stood for "Doctor Allen's Daughters". Her Pulitzer-nominated poet mother Vivian is, the artistic and free spirit...

How much money has Debbie Allen earned?

A Different World (1987) $1,000,000

What movies did Debbie Allen play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Untitled Fame Drama , Grey's Anatomy (2020) , Grey's Anatomy: Post-Op (2017) , A Star for Rose (2013) , My Parents, My Sister & Me (2010) , Alex in Wonderland: Interview with Debbie Allen (2010) , Alex in Wonderland: Rehearsing Wonderland (2010) , Fame (2003) , Cool Women (2002) , The Painting (2001) , PBS Hollywood Presents (2001) , The Old Settler (2001) , Martin Luther King Special One Day (1998) , Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage (1997) , Amistad (1997) , A Different World...

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Debbie Allen and James Pickens Jr. in Grey's Anatomy: Die jungen Ärzte (2005)

Her husband, Norman Nixon, is a former NBA player with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

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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.

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Won the first Lena Horne Award for Career Achievement at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.

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Debbie Allen and Ellen Pompeo in Grey's Anatomy: Die jungen Ärzte (2005)

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.

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Debbie Allen and Kevin McKidd in Grey's Anatomy: Die jungen Ärzte (2005)

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).

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Ex-sister-in-law of Victor Willis and Ahmad Rashad.

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Her daughter, Vivian Nixon, 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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Debbie Allen and Martin Henderson in Grey's Anatomy: Die jungen Ärzte (2005)

Is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Daughter Vivian Nixon followed in Debbie's footsteps by playing Debbie's "Anita" role in a 2006 revival of the musical The Making of 'West Side Story' (1985). Debbie returned to her hometown of Houston to see her daughter perform.

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Her mother Dr Vivian Elizabeth Ayers attended Brainerd Institute, Barber Scotia College and Bennett College. Vivian was the first poet in the state of Texas to receive the Pulitzer Prize Award nomination in 1952. Vivian was often called the "Poet Laureate of Texas." In the late 50's, her poetry, "Hawk," attracted the attention of NASA and for twenty years was the only poetry celebrated by NASA. She worked as an apprentice librarian at the Fondren Library of Rice University and was accorded faculty status in 1965, becoming the first African American to be so qualified. During her years at Rice, she organized and published The Adept Quarterly, an important contribution to the small publications movement of the time.

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Debbie Allen and Jesse Williams in Grey's Anatomy: Die jungen Ärzte (2005)

In 1972, her mom Vivian's work, "Workshops in Open Fields," was hailed and recommended to the nation as a "prototype of grass roots programming" by the director of NEA. Vivian established the Adept New American Museum--a museum for art and history of the American Southwest; which features "Juneteenth" Black Cowboys, American Indian Sand Painting, seminars on the Emancipation Proclamation and Mayan studies-- in Mt Vernon NY. She is known as a leader in the arts community in New York area.

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Mother of Norman Nixon Jr. (born 1987) and Vivian Nixon (born 1984).

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Has arthritis in her right shoulder and right ankle.

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Is one of four people (Gene Anthony Ray, Albert Hague and Lee Curreri) to appear in both Fame (1980) and Fame (1982) the TV series.

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She studied drama at the HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

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Debbie Allen and Chandra Wilson in Grey's Anatomy: Die jungen Ärzte (2005)

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