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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Fame Lydia Grant / Herself / The Good Witch of the South
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Grey's Anatomy Dr. Catherine Avery / Dr. Catherine Fox
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Hide Hide Show Show Actress (55 credits)
  Silent Rhythm (pre-production)
Vivian White
 2018-2019 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Charice Harrelson
- Jack (2019) ... Charice Harrelson
- Los Huesos (2019) ... Charice Harrelson
- Never Again (2018) ... Charice Harrelson
 2011-2019 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Dr. Catherine Avery / Dr. Catherine Fox
- We Didn't Start the Fire (2019) ... Dr. Catherine Avery
- Girlfriend in a Coma (2019) ... Dr. Catherine Avery
- The Winner Takes It All (2019) ... Dr. Catherine Fox
- Help, I'm Alive (2019) ... Dr. Catherine Fox
- Shelter From the Storm (2019) ... Dr. Catherine Fox (voice, uncredited)
 2018 Raven's Home (TV Series)
Aunt Maureen
- Switch or Treat (2018) ... Aunt Maureen
 2017 Theatre Corner (TV Series)
 2016 Jane the Virgin (TV Series)
Beverly Flores
- Chapter Forty-Three (2016) ... Beverly Flores
 2013 A Star for Rose
 2013 Let's Stay Together (TV Series)
- 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
 2009 Fame
Ms. Angela Simms
 2009 Next Day Air
Ms. Jackson
 2006-2007 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series)
Gun Woman / Mother
- Everybody Hates Minimum Wage (2007) ... Gun Woman
- Everybody Hates Elections (2006) ... Mother
 2007 Tournament of Dreams
Rhonda Dillins
 2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (TV Movie)
American Idol Auditionee in Sunglasses (uncredited)
 2004 All of Us (TV Series)
- Parents Just Don't Understand (2004) ... Kate
 2003 The Division (TV Series)
 2001 The Painting
Bertha Lee Gilmore
 2001 All About You
 2001 PBS Hollywood Presents (TV Series)
Quilly McGrath
- The Old Settler (2001) ... Quilly McGrath
 2001 The Old Settler (TV Movie)
Quilly (nee 'Queen Esther')
 2000 Everything's Jake
 1999 Michael Jordan: An American Hero (TV Movie)
Deloris Jordan
 1997 Cosby (TV Series)
- 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 Hill
- Sins of the Father (1996) ... Valerie Hill
 1995-1996 In the House (TV Series)
Jackie Warren
- Hoop Screams (1996) ... Jackie Warren
- Close Encounters of the Worst Kind (1996) ... Jackie Warren
- Home Again (1996) ... Jackie Warren
- A Major Problem (1996) ... Jackie Warren
- Three the Hard Way (1996) ... Jackie Warren
 1996 C-Bear and Jamal (TV Series) (voice)
 1995 Out-of-Sync
 1994 Mona Must Die
 1994 Blank Check
 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)
 1991 Sunday in Paris (TV Short)
Sunday Chase
 1991 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Joanna Chapman
- Private Dancer - October 6, 1979 (1991) ... Joanna Chapman
 1988 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
- If the Dress Fits, Wear It (1988) ... Emma
 1982-1987 Fame (TV Series)
Lydia Grant / The Good Witch of the South
- Baby, Remember My Name (1987) ... Lydia Grant
- Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore (1987) ... Lydia Grant
- Of Cabbages and Kings (1987) ... Lydia Grant
- Reggie and Rose (1987) ... Lydia Grant
- The Lounge Singer Who Knew Too Much (1987) ... Lydia Grant
 1984 Janet Jackson: Dream Street (Video short)
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini-Series)
Regina Brown
- Part 3 (1984) ... Regina Brown
- Part 2 (1984) ... Regina Brown
- Part 1 (1984) ... Regina Brown
 1983 Women of San Quentin (TV Movie)
Carol Freeman
 1983 Live... And in Person (TV Series)
 1982 Alice at the Palace (TV Movie)
Red Queen
 1981 Ragtime
 1980 Drawing Power (TV Series) (voice)
 1980 Fame
 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
- Part VI (1939-1950) (1979) ... Nan Branch Haley
 1977 Dancing in the Wings (TV Movie)
 1977 The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (TV Movie)
Julie Sutton
 1976 Good Times (TV Series)
Diana Buchanan
- J.J.'s Fiancée: Part 2 (1976) ... Diana Buchanan (as Deborah Allen)
- J.J.'s Fiancée: Part 1 (1976) ... Diana Buchanan (as Deborah Allen)
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Show Show Director (47 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (19 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (12 credits)
Show Show Art department (1 credit)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (190 credits)
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Other Works:

Childrens Book: "Dancing in the Wings". See more »

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

Alternate Names:

Deborah Allen | Debra Allen


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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 »


Founded the Debbie Allen Dance Institute in Culver City, CA, in 2000. See more »

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