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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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 A Star for Rose
Rose
 2013 Let's Stay Together (TV Series)
Cougar
- Kita's Got a Gun (2013) ... Cougar
 2012 Milk & Honey (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2012)
 2011 Grace (TV Movie)
Helen Grace
 2010 Fake It Til You Make It (TV Series)
Reggie's Mama
- Residual Income (2010) ... Reggie's Mama
 2006-2007 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series)
Gun Woman / Mother
- Everybody Hates Minimum Wage (2007) ... Gun Woman
 2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (TV Movie)
American Idol Auditionee in Sunglasses (uncredited)
 2004 All of Us (TV Series)
Kate
- Parents Just Don't Understand (2004) ... Kate
 2003 The Division (TV Series)
Wanda
 2001 The Painting
Bertha Lee Gilmore
 2001 All About You
Ruth
 2001 PBS Hollywood Presents (TV Series)
Quilly McGrath
- The Old Settler (2001) ... Quilly McGrath
 2001 The Old Settler (TV Movie)
Quilly (nee 'Queen Esther')
 1999 Michael Jordan: An American Hero (TV Movie)
Deloris Jordan
 1997 Cosby (TV Series)
Debra
- Dating Games (1997) ... Debra
 1995-1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Lola / Precious
- Thumbelina (1997) ... Lola (voice)
- Beauty and the Beast (1995) ... Precious (voice)
 1996 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Valerie Dixon
- Sins of the Father (1996) ... Valerie Dixon
 1996 C-Bear and Jamal (TV Series) (voice)
 1995 Out-of-Sync
Manicurist
 1994 Mona Must Die
Betty
 1994 Blank Check
Yvonne
 1992 Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Movie)
Estelle
 1991 A Different World (TV Series)
Dr. Langhorne
- Twelve Steps of Christmas (1991) ... Dr. Langhorne
- Ex-Communication (1991) ... Dr. Langhorne
 1991 Sunday in Paris (TV Short)
Sunday Chase
 1988 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Emma
- If the Dress Fits, Wear It (1988) ... Emma
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini-Series)
Regina Brown
- Part 3 (1984) ... Regina Brown
- Part 1 (1984) ... Regina Brown
 1983 Women of San Quentin (TV Movie)
Carol Freeman
 1983 Live... And in Person (TV Series)
 1983 Parade of Stars (TV Movie)
Josephine Baker
 1982 Alice at the Palace (TV Movie)
Red Queen
 1981 Ragtime
Sarah
 1980 Drawing Power (TV Series) (voice)
 1980 Fame
Lydia
 1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
Ola (as Debra Allen)
 1979 Ebony, Ivory and Jade (TV Movie)
Claire 'Ebony' Bryant
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Nan Branch Haley
- Episode #1.6 (1979) ... Nan Branch Haley
 1977 The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (TV Movie)
Julie Sutton
 1977 Dancing in the Wings (TV Movie)
 1976 Good Times (TV Series)
Diana Buchanan
- J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 2 (1976) ... Diana Buchanan (as Deborah Allen)
- J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 1 (1976) ... Diana Buchanan (as Deborah Allen)
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Won a Drama Desk Award in 1979. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Deborah Allen | Debra Allen

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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 ... See more »

Trivia:

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. ... See more »

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Capricorn

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