As a child Debbie, her older brother Andrew (called Tex) and older sister Phylicia lived in Mexico to escape US racism. Their mother Vivian Ayers 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. From this, Debbie and Phylicia are fluent in Spanish...See full bio »
1983Parade of Stars
(performer: "J'ai Deux Amours", "I'm Just Wild About Harry")
1982The 54th Annual Academy Awards
(TV special documentary)
(performer: "Lullaby of Broadway" - uncredited, "The Gold Diggers' Song We're in the Money" - uncredited, "She's a Latin from Manhattan" - uncredited, "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi I Like You Very Much" - uncredited, "You'll Never Know" - uncredited, " You May Not Be an Angel, but I'll String Along with You" - uncredited, "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" - uncredited, "Lulu's Back in Town" - uncredited, "Jeepers Creepers" - uncredited, "Nagasaki" - uncredited, "There Will Never Be Another You" - uncredited, "Forty-Second Street" - uncredited)
[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...
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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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