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Debbie Allen (I)


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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

A Different World
A Different World Dr. Langhorne / Debbie Allen
(1988-1993)
Fame
Fame Lydia Grant / Herself / The Good Witch of the South
(1982-1987)
Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy Dr. Catherine Avery
(2010-2017)
All of Us
All of Us Kate
(2003-2007)

Filmography

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 2016 Jane the Virgin (TV Series)
Beverly Flores
- Chapter Forty-Three (2016) ... Beverly Flores
 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)
Eva Monroe
- Episode #1.1 (2012) ... Eva Monroe
 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 C-Bear and Jamal (TV Series) (voice)
 1995 Out-of-Sync
Manicurist
 1994 Mona Must Die
Betty
 1994 The Sinbad Show (TV Series)
Debbie Allen
- The Mr. Science Show (1994) ... Debbie Allen
 1991-1992 A Different World (TV Series)
Dr. Langhorne / Debbie Allen
- Honeymoon in L.A.: Part 1 (1992) ... Debbie Allen (uncredited)
- Twelve Steps of Christmas (1991) ... Dr. Langhorne
- Ex-Communication (1991) ... Dr. Langhorne
 1992 Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Movie)
Estelle
 1991 Sunday in Paris (TV Short)
Sunday Chase
 1988 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Emma
- If the Dress Fits, Wear It (1988) ... Emma
 1984 Janet Jackson: Dream Street (Video short)
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini-Series)
Regina Brown
- Part 2 (1984) ... 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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Received the first Lena Horne Award for Career Achievement at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. 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:

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. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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