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Encyclopedia > Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen

Born Deborrah Kaye Allen
1950-01-16
Houston, Texas
Occupation Actor, choreographer, film director, television producer
Boards on President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities
Spouse Norm Nixon
Children Vivian Nixon


Debbie Allen (born Deborrah Kaye Allen on January 16, 1950 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor, choreographer, film director, television producer and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She is best known for her role as Lydia Grant in the hit television series, Fame. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Houston redirects here. ... Official language(s) English (de facto) See also languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (261,797 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities was established in Washington, DC in 1982 by an Executive Order from President Ronald Reagan. ... Norm Nixon Norman Ellard Nixon (born October 11, 1955 in Macon, Georgia) is a former professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association, who spent ten seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers. ... Vivian Nixon (born in 1984 in Miami, Florida) is a dancer who recently made her debut on Broadway (theatre) as Kalimba in Hot Feet. ... January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A Television producer oversees the making of television penis programs. ... The Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities was established in Washington, DC in 1982 by an Executive Order from President Ronald Reagan. ... Fame was an American television series that ran from 1982 to 1987. ...


She currently teaches young dancers at her Debbie Allen Dance Academy. She also taught choreography to former L.A. Laker dancer-turned singer, Paula Abdul. Her daughter, Vivian Nixon, played Kalimba in the Broadway Production of Hot Feet. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Vivian Nixon (born in 1984 in Miami, Florida) is a dancer who recently made her debut on Broadway (theatre) as Kalimba in Hot Feet. ... Hot Feet is a musical featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire. ...


She is the sister of Phylicia Rashād. Phylicia Rashād (born Phylicia Ayers-Allen on June 19, 1948) is an American activist and Tony Award-winning actress, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable in the 1980s television series, The Cosby Show. ...

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Fame

Allen was first introduced as Lydia Grant in the 1980 movie Fame. Although her role in the film was relatively small, Lydia would become a central figure in the highly popular 1982 - 1987 series which was adapted for television, Fame. During the opening montage of each episode, Ms. Grant told her students: "You've got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying ... in sweat." Allen was also lead choreographer for the film and television series, winning two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe Award. She then spun-off the Fame franchise into a reality show in 2003 but it met with only limited success. Fame is a movie directed by Alan Parker which was released in 1980. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fame was an American television series that ran from 1982 to 1987. ... An Emmy Award. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A Different World

In an article from the play boyCommunications, the Hollywood Reporter is quoted as stating that when Debbie Allen became the producer-director of the popular television series, A Different World (which dealt with the life of students at the fictional historically Black college, Hillman, and ran for six seasons on NBC), Allen, herself, The Hollywood Reporter is one of two major trade papers of the film industry in the United States, the other being Variety. ... A Different World was an American television sitcom. ... In the United States, Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ... NBC (an acronym for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...

a graduate of historically black Howard University--drew from her college experiences in an effort to accurately reflect in the show the social and political life on black campuses. Moreover, Allen instituted a yearly spring trip to Atlanta where series writers visited two of the nation's leading black colleges, Morehouse and Spelman. During these visits, ideas for several of the episodes emerged from meetings with students and faculty" [1].

Howard University is a historically black university in Washington, D.C. ranked 89th in U.S. News and World Report, College and University rankings. ... Morehouse College is a private, all-male, historically black liberal arts college in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Spelman College is a four-year liberal arts womans college in Atlanta, Georgia. ...

Select works

Actor

Ragtime is a 1981 motion picture based on the historical novel Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow. ... Fame was an American television series that ran from 1982 to 1987. ... Fame is a 1980 musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva, directed by Alan Parker. ... In the House was a television sitcom-comedy that premiered April 10, 1995 originally on NBC (seasons 1 and 2 aired on NBC, and seasons 3, 4, and 5 aired on UPN). ...

Guest appearances

A Different World was an American television sitcom. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. ... this refers to the US sitcom – for other uses see Cosby (disambiguation) Cosby was a American situation comedy television series broadcast on CBS Television from 1996 to 2000. ... Blank Check film poster Blank Check is a 1994 Disney live action movie about a boy whose bicycle is run over by an anonymous bank robber. ... All of Us is a situation comedy (sitcom) airing on The CW. The show involves a blended family. ...

Choreographer

  • The Academy Awards Show for five consecutive years
  • Carrie, the notorious Broadway flop (which ran for only 5 performances)

Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

Director

Girlfriends is a popular American sitcom centered on the lives of successful African American women living in Los Angeles, California. ... Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom on The CW Television Network. ... All of Us is a situation comedy (sitcom) airing on The CW. The show involves a blended family. ... Life Is Not a Fairy Tale is a book describing the life of American Idol 3 winner, Fantasia Barrino , and her rise to national prominence. ... Thats So Raven is an Emmy Award nominated American sitcom television show broadcast on the Disney Channel. ... The Jamie Foxx Show was an American television sitcom-comedy that aired on the WB Network from August 28, 1996 to January 14, 2001. ... A Different World was an American television sitcom. ... The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a popular American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from September 10, 1990 to May 20, 1996. ... Family Ties was a popular American television sitcom which aired on NBC for seven seasons, from 1982 to 1989. ... Fame was an American television series that ran from 1982 to 1987. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Producer

Amistad (Spanish for friendship) is a 1997 Steven Spielberg movie based on a slave mutiny that took place aboard a ship of the same name in 1839. ... Steven Allan Spielberg, (born December 18, 1946) is a three-time Academy Award winning American film director and producer. ...

Honors

, Debbie Allen was appointed by President George W. Bush as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...


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Debbie Allen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (409 words)
Debbie Allen (born Deborrah Kaye Allen on January 16, 1950 in Houston, Texas) is an American actress, choreographer, film director, television producer and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Allen is also the sister of actress Phylicia Rashad, aka Phylicia Ayers-Allen, and is married to former NBA player Norm Nixon.
In 2001, Debbie Allen was appointed by President George W. Bush as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
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