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Deborrah Kaye Allen net worth:
$3 Million

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Deborrah Kaye Allen was born on 16 January 1950, in Houston, Texas, USA, and is a dancer, choreographer, actress, television producer and director, who probably gained worldwide recognition for her role in television series ‘Fame’ from 1982-87, and the subsequent film released in 2009. She is also on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

So just how rich is Debbie Allen? Authoritative sources estimate that Debbie Allen’s net worth has reached over $3 million as of mid-2016, accumulated during a career in the entertainment industry now spanning more than 40 years.

Debbie Allen Net Worth $3 Million

Debbie’s mother, Vivian (nee Ayers) was a poet and worked as a director in the art museum, whereas her father, Andrew Arthur Allen Jr., worked as an orthodontist. Debbie graduated with a BA degree in classical Greek literature, speech, and theater from Howard University, and then earned Doctorates from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Howard University.

In 1980, Debbie Allen attracted the attention of critics who nominated Debbie with a Tony Award and gave her a Drama Desk Award for her role in the Broadway musical ‘West Side Story’. Another Tony Award nomination which has also helped increase Debbie Allen’s net worth she received for her role in the musical ‘Sweet Charity’. In 1980, Allen had a support role on the big screen in the film ‘Fame’ directed by Alan Parker, but as the film was developed into the television series, the role of Lydia grew into a leading one. Her net worth was already well established.

Debbie’s net worth rose after she won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 1982 and 1983 and the Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress in Television Series Musical or Comedy for her role in television series ‘Fame’. In addition to this Allen has added to her net worth appearing in the films ‘Blank Check’ directed by Rupert Wainwright, ‘Ragtime’ directed by Miloš Forman, ‘Next Day Air’ directed by Benny Boom, ‘The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh’ directed by Gilbert Moses and ‘Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling’ directed by Richard Pryor. Moreover, she appeared in television series such as ‘The Cosby Show’ as Emma, ‘Roots: The Next Generations’ as Nan, ‘In The House’ as Jackie Warren, ‘Good Times’ in the role of J.J.’s Junkie Fiancée, ‘Quantum Leap’ in the role of Joanna Chapman, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in the role of Catherine Avery. Her net worth continued to rise, and also as a guest judge in a number of the reality competition shows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.

Debbie Allen has further increased her net worth as a director of the sitcoms ‘Girlfriends’, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’, ‘All of Us’, ‘That’s So Raven’, ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’, ‘A Different World’, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ‘Family Ties’ and ‘The Parkers’.

Additionally, Allen has directed the films ‘Life Is Not a Fairy Tale’, ‘Polly’, ‘Out-of-Sync’, and other television series ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Hellcats’, ‘Army Wives’, ‘The Client List’, ‘Let’s Stay Together’, ‘Scandal’.

Debbie has also worked as a column writer for ‘Movement’ magazine since 2006. Currently she is concentrating more on choreography and teaching dance.

In her personal life, Debbie Allen has married twice, firstly to Win Wilford from 1975 to 1983,  and since 1984, to Norm Nixon.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grey's Anatomy 2011-2017 TV Series Dr. Catherine Avery
Jane the Virgin 2016 TV Series Beverly Flores
A Star for Rose 2013 Rose
Let's Stay Together 2013 TV Series Cougar
Milk & Honey 2012 TV Series
Grace 2011 TV Movie Helen Grace
Fake It Til You Make It 2010 TV Series Reggie's Mama
Fame 2009 Ms. Angela Simms
Next Day Air 2009 Ms. Jackson
Everybody Hates Chris 2006-2007 TV Series Gun Woman / Mother
Tournament of Dreams 2007 Rhonda Dillins
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story 2006 TV Movie American Idol Auditionee in Sunglasses (uncredited)
Everything's Jake 2006 Librarian
All of Us 2004 TV Series Kate
The Division 2003 TV Series Wanda
The Painting 2001 Bertha Lee Gilmore
All About You 2001 Ruth
PBS Hollywood Presents 2001 TV Series Quilly McGrath
The Old Settler 2001 TV Movie Quilly (nee 'Queen Esther')
Michael Jordan: An American Hero 1999 TV Movie Deloris Jordan
Cosby 1997 TV Series Debra
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1995-1997 TV Series Lola / Precious
Touched by an Angel 1996 TV Series Valerie Hill
In the House 1995-1996 TV Series Jackie Warren
C-Bear and Jamal 1996 TV Series voice
Out-of-Sync 1995 Manicurist
Mona Must Die 1994 Betty
Blank Check 1994 Yvonne
The Sinbad Show 1994 TV Series Debbie Allen
A Different World 1991-1992 TV Series Dr. Langhorne / Debbie Allen
Stompin' at the Savoy 1992 TV Movie Estelle
Sunday in Paris 1991 TV Short Sunday Chase
Quantum Leap 1991 TV Series Joanna Chapman
The Cosby Show 1988 TV Series Emma
Fame 1982-1987 TV Series Lydia Grant The Good Witch of the South
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 Michelle
Celebrity 1984 TV Mini-Series Regina Brown
Women of San Quentin 1983 TV Movie Carol Freeman
Live... And in Person 1983 TV Series
Parade of Stars 1983 TV Movie Josephine Baker
The Love Boat 1979-1983 TV Series Reesa Marlowe / Selena Moore
Alice at the Palace 1982 TV Movie Red Queen
Ragtime 1981 Sarah
Drawing Power 1980 TV Series voice
Fame 1980 Lydia
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 Ola (as Debra Allen)
Ebony, Ivory and Jade 1979 TV Movie Claire 'Ebony' Bryant
Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Nan Branch Haley
The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened 1977 TV Movie Julie Sutton
Dancing in the Wings 1977 TV Movie
Good Times 1976 TV Series Diana Buchanan

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Insecure 2016 TV Series 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy 2010-2016 TV Series 13 episodes
Survivor's Remorse 2015 TV Series 1 episode
Jane the Virgin 2014-2015 TV Series 2 episodes
Scandal 2014-2015 TV Series 3 episodes
Empire 2015 TV Series 1 episode
How to Get Away with Murder 2014 TV Series 1 episode
Witches of East End 2014 TV Series 1 episode
Let's Stay Together 2013 TV Series 3 episodes
Army Wives 2013 TV Series 1 episode
The Client List 2013 TV Series 1 episode
Hellcats 2010-2011 TV Series 2 episodes
My Parents, My Sister & Me 2009-2010 TV Series 3 episodes
Everybody Hates Chris 2006-2009 TV Series 10 episodes
The Game 2008 TV Series 1 episode
Girlfriends 2005-2008 TV Series 9 episodes
All of Us 2003-2007 TV Series 44 episodes
I Was a Network Star 2006 TV Movie documentary
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story 2006 TV Movie
That's So Raven 2004-2006 TV Series 5 episodes
That's So Raven: Supernaturally Stylish 2004 Video
The Parkers 2003 TV Series 1 episode
The Twilight Zone 2003 TV Series 1 episode
Cool Women 2002 TV Series documentary 1 episode
PBS Hollywood Presents 2001 TV Series 1 episode
The Old Settler 2001 TV Movie
Kirk Franklin: The Nu Nation Tour 1999 Video
Martin Luther King Special One Day 1998 TV Movie
Linc's 1998 TV Series 1 episode
The Jamie Foxx Show 1997-1998 TV Series 2 episodes
Between Brothers 1997 TV Series 1 episode
Out-of-Sync 1995
The Sinbad Show 1993-1994 TV Series 7 episodes
A Different World 1988-1993 TV Series 83 episodes
Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms 1993 TV Special documentary
Quantum Leap 1991-1993 TV Series 2 episodes
The Boys 1992 TV Movie
Stompin' at the Savoy 1992 TV Movie
Polly: Comin' Home! 1990 TV Movie
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 TV Series 2 episodes
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1989 TV Series 1 episode
The Debbie Allen Special 1989 TV Special
Family Ties 1987-1988 TV Series 2 episodes
Fame 1984-1987 TV Series 11 episodes
The Bronx Zoo 1987 TV Series 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hellcats 2010 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
That's So Raven 2004-2006 TV Series choreographer - 2 episodes
Fame 2003 TV Series choreographer
The 71st Annual Academy Awards 1999 TV Special choreographer
C-Bear and Jamal 1996 TV Series voice director - 3 episodes
Michael Jackson: One Night Only 1995 TV Movie creative consultant
Forget Paris 1995 choreographer
The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1995 TV Special choreographer
A Different World 1988-1993 TV Series main title - 120 episodes
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special choreographer
Quantum Leap 1991 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 TV Special choreographer
Polly: Comin' Home! 1990 TV Movie choreographer
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1989 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
The Debbie Allen Special 1989 TV Special choreographer
Motown Returns to the Apollo 1985 TV Special choreographer
Fame TV Series choreographer - 57 episodes, 1982 - 1984 dance consultant - 10 episodes, 1983 - 1985 concert staging - 1 episode, 1983
Taxi 1982 TV Series special choreography - 1 episode
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1982 TV Special choreographer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cool Women 2002 TV Series documentary executive producer
The Painting 2001 executive producer
PBS Hollywood Presents 2001 TV Series co-executive producer - 1 episode
The Old Settler 2001 TV Movie executive producer
Martin Luther King Special One Day 1998 TV Movie executive producer
Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage 1997 TV Movie executive producer
Amistad 1997 producer
A Different World 1988-1993 TV Series producer - 122 episodes
The Boys 1992 TV Movie executive producer
Sunday in Paris 1991 TV Short executive producer
Fame TV Series co-producer - 5 episodes, 1984 - 1985 producer - 1 episode, 1983
Untitled Fame Drama TV Series executive producer announced
Grey's Anatomy 2015-2017 TV Series executive producer - 34 episodes
A Star for Rose 2013 producer
My Parents, My Sister & Me 2009-2010 TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Alex in Wonderland: Interview with Debbie Allen 2010 Video short executive producer
Alex in Wonderland: Rehearsing Wonderland 2010 Video short executive producer
Fame 2003 TV Series producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amistad 1997 "The Ladder Is Broken", "Ya Weh", "Let's Stand Together", "Today We Face The Wall" / writer: "Timuyandya"
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fame TV Series performer - 20 episodes, 1982 - 1987 writer - 2 episodes, 1987 lyrics - 2 episodes, 1985 music - 1 episode, 1985
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special performer: "I'm a Brass Band"
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation 1986 "The Fight Song"
The 57th Annual Academy Awards 1985 TV Special documentary performer: "Footloose"
Bagets 1984 performer: "Baby I Lied"
Parade of Stars 1983 TV Movie performer: "J'ai Deux Amours", "I'm Just Wild About Harry"
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary performer: "Lullaby of Broadway", "The Gold Diggers' Song We're in the Money", "She's a Latin from Manhattan", "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi I Like You Very Much", "You'll Never Know", " You May Not Be an Angel, but I'll String Along with You", "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", "Lulu's Back in Town", "Jeepers Creepers", "Nagasaki", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Forty-Second Street" - uncredited
The 34th Annual Tony Awards 1980 TV Special performer: "America"

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fame 1986 TV Series artistic consultant - 4 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Was a Network Star 2006 TV Movie documentary
The Debbie Allen Special 1989 TV Special

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inland Empire 2006 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Next Generation 2018 Documentary filming Herself
Last of the Showmen 2018 Documentary filming Herself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2017 Documentary post-production Herself
To Her Own Rhythm 2015 Documentary short post-production Herself
American Tap Documentary post-production Herself
Move Documentary filming Herself
The Real 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
Today 2014-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Hollywood Today Live 2016 TV Series Herself
Unsung Hollywood 2015-2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Dance Moms 2016 TV Series Herself
TV Land Icon Awards 2016 2016 TV Movie Herself - Trailblazer Icon Award Honoree
Collector's Café 2016 Video short Herself - Guest
Essence Ninth Annual Black Women in Hollywood 2016 TV Movie Herself
The Talk 2015 TV Series Herself
VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly 2015 TV Special Herself
FabLife 2015 TV Series Herself
Access Hollywood Live 2015 TV Series Herself
BET Honors 2015 TV Movie Herself
Oprah: Where Are They Now? 2014 TV Series Herself
So You Think You Can Dance 2007-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge / Herself - Judge / Herself
Move TV 2012-2013 TV Series Herself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Herself
The Queen Latifah Show 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
2013 Soul Train Awards 2013 TV Special Herself
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You 2013 Documentary Herself
Celebrity Ghost Stories 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2012 TV Series Herself
Washington Watch with Roland Martin 2012 TV Series Herself
Paul Mooney: The Godfather of Comedy 2012 TV Movie Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
West Side Story: A Place for Us - West Side Story's Legacy 2011 Documentary short Herself
West Side Story: Pow! The Dances of West Side Story 2011 Documentary short
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Herself
Dishing Tea with Big Meach 2010 TV Mini-Series Herself
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Herself
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series Herself
Loose Women 2009 TV Series Herself
Breakfast 2009 TV Series Herself
Black to the Future 2009 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2009 TV Series Herself
The Compass 2009 Documentary Herself
Bring Back... Fame 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Wonder Kids 2008 Documentary
The 2007 Miss America Pageant 2007 TV Movie Herself - Judge
BET Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Herself
I Was a Network Star 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Battle Night: The Krump Wars 2005 Video documentary Herself
TV Land Confidential 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Mississippi Rising 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Back to Bel-Air: A Fresh Look 2005 Video short Herself
Black in the 80s 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Confessions of an Action Star 2005 Herself / Deity
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones 2005 TV Movie Herself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2004 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
An Evening of Stars: 25th Anniversary Tribute to Lou Rawls 2004 TV Movie Herself
Essence Awards 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
9th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2003 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Fame 2003 TV Series Herself - Host
E! True Hollywood Story 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Silent Crisis: Diabetes Among Us 2002 TV Movie documentary Host / Narrator
Bill Nye and Debbie Allen Imagine Mars 2002 TV Movie Herself
Inside TV Land: Taboo TV 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 4th Annual Family Television Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
The 1st 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Award Show Program Special... Live!... in Stereo 2002 TV Special Herself (uncredited)
33rd NAACP Image Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
It's Black Entertainment 2002 TV Special documentary Herself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Intimate Portrait 1998-2001 TV Series documentary Herself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence 2001 TV Special documentary Herself - Co-Host
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Living Positive 1999 Documentary Narrator
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1999 TV Series Herself
An American Celebration at Ford's Theater 1999 TV Movie Herself - Dancer
Stars Over Mississippi 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Making of 'Amistad' 1999 Video documentary short Herself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards 1999 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Healthy Kids 1998 TV Series Herself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture Drama
28th NAACP Image Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage 1997 TV Movie Herself
HBO First Look 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
3rd Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine 1996 TV Special Herself
Soul Train's 25th Anniversary 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995 TV Series Herself
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself - Host
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 TV Special Herself
The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
She TV 1994 TV Series Herself (1994)
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1994 TV Series Herself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 46th Annual Director's Guild Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
The Sinbad Show 1994 TV Series Herself
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
26th NAACP Image Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
Soul Train Comedy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Host
Hollywood Women 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The 1th Annual Minority Motion Picture Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
John & Leeza from Hollywood 1993 TV Series Herself
The 14th Annual American Black Achievement Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Host
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Choreography
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1991 TV Series Herself
Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 TV Special Herself
Great Performances 1990 TV Series Herself
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration 1990 TV Special Herself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Presenter
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap 1990 TV Movie documentary Herself
Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood 1990 TV Special documentary Herself
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1989 TV Movie Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1985-1989 TV Series Herself
Soul Train 1989 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program
Later with Bob Costas 1989 TV Series Herself
The Debbie Allen Special 1989 TV Special Herself - Host
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Herself
20th NAACP Image Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Host
Las Vegas: An All-Star 75th Anniversary 1987 TV Special Herself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 TV Special documentary Herself
Superstars and Their Moms 1987 TV Movie Herself
Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show 1987 TV Special Herself
Square One Television 1987 TV Series Herself
The 8th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1987 TV Special Herself
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Co-host
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Liberty Weekend 1986 TV Special documentary Herself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Herself
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 1986 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly 1985 TV Movie Herself
Motown Returns to the Apollo 1985 TV Special Herself
The 57th Annual Academy Awards 1985 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Herself
Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration 1985 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 27th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 TV Special Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1984 TV Movie Herself
Star Search 1984 TV Series Herself - Introducer
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team 1984 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Fame 1983-1984 TV Series Herself
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The 11th Annual American Music Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Presenter
A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. 1984 TV Special documentary Herself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1983 TV Series Herself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The Best of Everything 1983 TV Movie Herself
The 4th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1983 TV Special Herself - Host
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1983 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night 1983 TV Movie Herself
The Kids from Fame: From the Royal Albert Hall London 1983 TV Movie documentary Herself
Battle of the Network Stars XIII 1982 TV Special Herself - Host
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1982 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Performer
Battle of the Network Stars XII 1982 TV Special Herself - NBC Team
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 34th Annual Tony Awards 1980 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Working in the Theatre 1980 TV Series documentary Herself
The Hollywood Squares 1979 TV Series Guest Appearance
The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots 1978 TV Movie Herself
3 Girls 3 1977 TV Series Herself
Soul Alive 1977 TV Series Herself
Black Journal 1975 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself - Director, How to Get Away with Murder
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Lydia Grant
Great Performances 2005 TV Series Herself - Performer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Career Achievement Award Acapulco Black Film Festival
1998 Vision Award PGA Awards Theatrical Motion Pictures Amistad (1997) · Steven Spielberg
· Colin Wilson
1995 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Choreography in Film or Television The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993)
1991 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 11 October 1991. At 6908 Hollywood Blvd.
1991 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Motown 30: What's Goin' On! (1990)
1983 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Fame (1982)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Fame (1982)
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Fame (1982)
1982 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Female Discovery of the Year

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy (2005)
2005 BET Comedy Award BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series All of Us (2003) · Alfonso Ribeiro
2001 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Directing Cool Women (2002)
1999 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999)
1998 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture, Drama Amistad (1997) · Steven Spielberg
· Colin Wilson
1998 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Amistad (1997) · Steven Spielberg
· Colin Wilson
1995 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995)
1993 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993)
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography The 64th Annual Academy Awards (1992)
1990 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Polly (1989)
1989 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography The Debbie Allen Special (1989)
1989 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program The Debbie Allen Special (1989)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (1986)
1985 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Fame (1982)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Fame (1982)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics Motown Returns to the Apollo (1985) · Earl Brown (composer/lyricist)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Fame (1982)
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Fame (1982)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Fame (1982)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Fame (1982)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Live... And in Person (1983)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Fame (1982)
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Fame (1982)

TitleSalary
A Different World (1987) $1,000,000

#Fact
1 Has said "Glory" is her favorite film.
2 It's the only person who appears in Fame the movie (1980), Fame (TV series) and Fama (1990).
3 She studied drama at the HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
4 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.
5 Has arthritis in her right shoulder and right ankle.
6 Mother of Norman Nixon Jr. (born 1987) and Vivian Nixon (born 1984).
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 Is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
11 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.
12 Ex-sister-in-law of Victor Willis and Ahmad Rashad.
13 Authored children's books entitled, "Brothers of the Knight" and "Dancing in the Wings".
14 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).
15 Choreographed five Academy Award shows.
16 Founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Institute in Culver City, CA in 2000.
17 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.
18 Received a Drama Desk Award in 1979.
19 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."
20 Won the first Lena Horne Award for Career Achievement at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.
21 Won 1992 & 1995 Essence Awards.
22 Has an Honorary doctorate from her alma mater Howard University.
23 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.
24 Her husband, Norman Nixon, is a former NBA player with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
25 Daughter of dentist Arthur Allen and Pulitzer-prize nominated Vivan Ayers ( artist, poet, playwright, and publisher). Older siblings are jazz musician Tex (Andrew Arthur Allen Jr, born 1945) and actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen (Phylicia Rashad, born 1948), and brother Hugh Allen (real estate banker in North Carolina).

#Quote
1 [on working with rapper Malicious Jynx (2005)] There is just something about him, he is so talented and so gifted, so flamboyant and so charismatic. He doesn't deserve the harsh criticism he receives. Anyone who listens to his albums with their hearts and their ears will see his love, and his warmth. He is such a lovely young man and I love him for that. He gets negative publicity but people need to know the real person that's inside of him.


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