Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen

producer, actress, director

Debbie Allen was born on Jan 16, 1950 in USA. Debbie Allen's big-screen debut came with The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened directed by Gilbert Moses in 1977. Debbie Allen is known for Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back directed by John Carluccio, Debbie Allen stars as Self and Tanya Bagnato as Dance Student. Debbie Allen has got 17 awards and 25 nominations so far. The most recent award Debbie Allen achieved is Black Reel Awards for Television. The upcoming new movie Debbie Allen plays is Christmas on the Square which will be released on Nov 22, 2020.

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 to give the Allen children a brief experience of not having to endure the chronic racism and segregation that was typical of Texas during the 1950s. Debbie and Phylicia are fluent in Spanish.Debbie graduated from Jack Yates Senior High School in Houston, TX in 1967. She graduated cum laude from Howard University in 1971 with a BFA in Classical Greek Literature, Speech, and Theater from Howard University. She used her experiences from attending Historically Black College Howard to inform her production and direction of the TV show Campus show (1987).Although her parents divorced, Debbie remained extremely close to her father until his death. With Phylicia she has production company "D.A.D." which stood for "Doctor Allen's Daughters". Her Pulitzer-nominated poet mother Vivian is, the artistic and free spirit that has influenced and encouraged the remarkable creativity that so marks Allen as a performer.

  • Birthday

    Jan 16, 1950
  • Place of Birth

    Houston, Texas, USA
  • Also known

    Deborah Allen, Debra Allen

Known For


17 wins & 25 nominations

Black Reel Awards for Television
Outstanding Directing, TV Movie/Limited Series
Winner - Black Reel
Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series
Winner - Black Reel
Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Television Movie
Winner - Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming
Winner - Primetime Emmy
For her unprecedented achievements in television and her commitment to inspire and engage ... More
Winner - Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Winner - Primetime Emmy
Motown 30: What's Goin' On! (1990)
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Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows