Allen, Debbie

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Name
Allen, Debbie Gender: F
Deborrah Kaye Allen
born on 16 January 1950 at 21:45 (= 9:45 PM )
Place Houston, Texas, 29n46, 95w22
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 26°28' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 11°27 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 18°33'



Debbie Allen
photo: Angela George at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharongraphics, license cc-by-sa-3.0

Biography

American dancer and actress, younger sister of Phylicia Rashad. Debbie, the more versatile and accomplished sister, began dancing at age five. In 1964 she was the Houston Foundation for Ballet¹s first black dancer. Two years later she was devastated by racism at an audition for the North Carolina School of Arts when a judge told her that her body was not right for classical dancing. Regaining her confidence she graduated in drama and persisted through a number of bleak years until she made her Broadway debut in 1971.

Critical acclaim came in 1980 in the Broadway revival of "West Side Story". A promising role in the film "Fame" was left mostly on the cutting-room floor but she was invited to choreograph and star in the TV series, which aired for six seasons from 1/07/1982. With enviable determination and a formidable work ethic, she dived into 16-hour working days to fulfill her dual role and was later acclaimed in both areas by her peers, winning two Emmys and a Golden Globe. In May 1986 she returned to the stage in a successful revival of Bob Fosse¹s "Sweet Charity." In 1989 Debbie took over as producer-director of "A Different World," motivating the actors to begin early morning workouts before shooting began. Later Allen co-produced a project with Steven Spielberg that she had been pioneering for ten years, "Amistad," released 12/1997.

Allen, brash, feisty and dynamic, has managed to escape being pigeonholed by the media: she has made a mark as an actress, dancer, choreographer, singer, author, producer and director. Her second husband is NBA All-Star guard Norman Nixon and they have two children.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • business associate/partner relationship with Peeples, Nia (born 10 December 1961). Notes: Co-stars on the TV show, "Fame"
  • (has as) worker relationship with Bonet, Lisa (born 16 November 1967). Notes: Producer/actor, TV series, "A Different World"
  • (has as) worker relationship with Guy, Jasmine (born 10 March 1962). Notes: Producer/actor, TV series, "A Different World"

Events

  • Misc. : Find something 1964 (First black dancer, Houston Foundation for Ballet)
  • Misc. : Lose something 1966 (Loss of confidence due to racism)
  • Work : New Career 1971 (Broadway debut)
  • Work : Gain social status 1980 (Popularity with noted revival)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 7 January 1982 (Debut broadcast of TV series, "Fame", six seasons)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 24 September 1987 at 8:30 PM (Debut broadcast of TV series, "A Different World", produced and directed by Allen)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released December 1997 (Release of "Armistad")
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Frank C. Clifford quotes B.C.

Categories

  • Traits : Personality : Aggressive/ brash
  • Traits : Personality : Personality robust
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of two girls)
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Older sister noted actress also)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV and film)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Broadway)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Ballet)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Singer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Two)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (One Golden Globe award)

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