Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen

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Birthday: 
16 January 1950, Houston, Texas, USA
Birth Name: 
Deborrah Kaye Allen
Height: 
157 cm
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... Show more »
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 that has influenced and encouraged the remarkable creativity that so marks Allen as a performer. Show less «

Debbie Allen's FILMOGRAPHY

S.W.A.T. - Season 7

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The Kelly Clarkson Show - Season 5

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The Talk - Season 14

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Loose Women - Season 28

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Superstar - Season 2

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Ravens Home - Season 6

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Janet Jackson - Season 1

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Greys Anatomy - Season 19

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Ravens Home - Season 5

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S.W.A.T. - Season 6

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So You Think You Can Dance - Season 17

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The Kelly Clarkson Show - Season 4

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The Talk - Season 13

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The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder - Season 1

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The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder - Season 2

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Red Table Talk - Season 5

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Grace and Frankie - Season 7

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Superstar - Season 1

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Greys Anatomy - Season 18

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S.W.A.T. - Season 5

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Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts - Season 2

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Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts - Season 1

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Soul of a Nation - Season 1

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Debbie Allen'S roles

Ms. Angela Simms
Ms. Angela Simms
Ms. Jackson
Ms. Jackson
Sarah
Sarah
Yvonne
Yvonne
Dr. Catherine Avery
Dr. Catherine Avery
Joanna Chapman
Joanna Chapman
Mother
Mother
Herself - Guest Judge, Herself - Judge, Herself
Herself - Guest Judge, Herself - Judge, Herself
Dr. Catherine Avery
Dr. Catherine Avery
Reesa Marlowe, Selena Moore
Reesa Marlowe, Selena Moore