Debbie Allen (I)

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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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  Untitled Fame Drama (TV Series) (executive producer) (announced)
 2015-2021 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series) (executive producer - 143 episodes)
- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Today Was a Fairytale (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Every Day Is a Holiday (With You) (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Bottle Up and Explode! (2021) ... (executive producer)
- With a Little Help from My Friends (2021) ... (executive producer)
 2020 Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (Documentary) (executive produced by: Stage production)
 2020 Christmas on the Square (executive producer)
 2019 Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2017 Grey's Anatomy: Post-Op (TV Mini Series) (executive producer - 6 episodes)
- Debbie Allen (2017) ... (executive producer)
- Krista Vernoff (2017) ... (executive producer)
- Behind the Scenes - Part Two (2017) ... (executive producer)
- Behind the Scenes - Part One (2017) ... (executive producer)
- Loretta Devine and Michael O'Neill (2017) ... (executive producer)
 2013 A Star for Rose (producer)
 2009-2010 My Parents, My Sister & Me (TV Series) (executive producer - 10 episodes)
- Puppy Love (2010) ... (executive producer)
- Labor of Love (2010) ... (executive producer)
- Tabitha's Stew (2010) ... (executive producer)
- Fun Raiser: Part 2 (2010) ... (executive producer)
- Fun Raiser: Part 1 (2010) ... (executive producer)
 2010 Alex in Wonderland: Interview with Debbie Allen (Video short) (executive producer)
 2010 Alex in Wonderland: Rehearsing Wonderland (Video short) (executive producer)
 2003 Fame (TV Series) (producer)
 2002 Cool Women (TV Series documentary) (executive producer)
 2001 The Painting (executive producer)
 2001 PBS Hollywood Presents (TV Series) (co-executive producer - 1 episode)
- The Old Settler (2001) ... (co-executive producer)
 2001 The Old Settler (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1998 Martin Luther King Special One Day (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1997 Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 1997 Amistad (producer)
 1988-1993 A Different World (TV Series) (producer - 122 episodes)
- College Kid (1993) ... (producer)
- Great X-Pectations (1993) ... (producer)
- A Rock, a River, a Lena (1993) ... (producer)
- Homey, Don't Ya Know Me? (1993) ... (producer)
- Cabin in the Sky (1993) ... (producer)
 1992 The Boys (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1991 Sunday in Paris (TV Movie) (executive producer)
  Fame (TV Series) (co-producer - 5 episodes, 1984 - 1985) (producer - 1 episode, 1983)
- The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll II (1985) ... (co-producer)
- The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll (1984) ... (co-producer)
- I Never Danced for My Father (1984) ... (co-producer)
- Spontaneous Combustion (1984) ... (co-producer)
- Czech-Mate (1984) ... (co-producer)
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(5/18/73-8/26/73) Stage: Appeared in "Raisin," at The Arena Stage Theatre in Washington, DC, with Virginia Capers, Joe Morton, Ernestine Jackson, Ralph Carter, Robert Jackson, [error], Shezwae Powell, Eugene Little, Aristide Pereira, Chuck Thorpes, Kofi Burbridge, Loretta Abbott, Herb Downer, Al Perryman, Ted Ross and Richard ... See more »

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

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Alternate Names:

Deborah Allen | Debra Allen


5' 2" (1.57 m)


Norman Nixon  (2 children) | See more »


Vivian Nixon | See more »


Allen, Arthur | Ayers, Vivan


Phylicia Rashad (sibling) | See more »

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[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 »


Has said that the war drama Glory (1989) is her favorite film. See more »

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