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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 January 1925Richmond, Virginia, USA
Date of Death 29 December 2015Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameWilhelmina L. Allen

Mini Bio (1)

Billie Allen attended Hampton Institute, now Hampton University then came to New York to study dance and acting. "On the Town" was her first Broadway musical with many others to follow. She studied acting and directing with Lee Strasburg, Lloyd Richards and Howard Clerman. Some of her Broadway credits include: Raisin in the Sun, Blues for Mr Charlie, Critic Choice. Off Broadway: Mamba's Daughter with Ethel Waters, Summer stock; Journey into Shakespeare at Birkshire Theatre Festival

She is a founding member of Frank Silvera Writers Workshop and League of Professional Theatre Women, in NYC. Sits on the advisory board of The Cherry Lane Theatre, AMAS Musical Theatre, New Federal Theatre, Riverside Theatre & Womens Project. She serves on the advisory committee of American Theatre Wing and is an active member of TONY Administrator committee.

Lives and works as an actor & director in New York.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: L. J. Allen-2

Spouse (2)

Luther Henderson (8 February 1981 - 29 July 2003) (his death)
Duane H. Grant, Sr. (195? - 19??) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (4)

She has two adult children from a previous marriage: Duane H. Grant, Jr. and Carolyn J. Grant.
Was a voting member of the nominating board of the Antoinette Perry (Tony Awards) for two years in 1999 and 2000.
She and her composer-arranger husband Luther Henderson won Pioneer Awards at the Audelco "VIV" Awards on 18 November 2002.
She remains a member of the American Theatre Wing Advisory Committee (Tony Awards).

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