An American actress, choreographer, dancer, TV producer, TV director as well as the member of President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Debbie Allen is widely known for her work on 1982 musical drama TV series called Fame in which she had portrayed the character of dance teacher Lydia Grant. In addition to that, she has also served as the principal choreographer of the series. She has been active in this field since the year 1976 and since then, she had garnered a huge number of fan following as well as popularity. She had her Broadway debut in chorus of Purlie. She also created a role of Beneatha in Tony Award winning musical Risin.
Debbie first started receiving the critical attention in the year 1980 for making her appearance in a role of Anita in Broadway revival of the West Side Story that earned her Tony Award nomination as well as a Drama Desk Award. One of her earlier TV appearances was in TV sitcom called Good Times in memorable 2 part episode titled as J.J.’s Fiancee and J.J.’s drug addicted fiancee, Diana. Later, she was introduced as Lydia Grant in a 1980 movie called Fame. She has also appeared in numbers of other movies and TV shows and her other TV credit ad filmography includes Ragtime, Blank Check, Old Settler, The Twist, Tournament of Dreams, Alice At The Palace, Next Day Air, All of Us, Quantum Leap, Roots, The Cosby Show, The Love Boat, In the House, Grey’s Anatomy and many more.
Debbie stands at the average height of 5 feet and 2 inches. She is the native of Houston, Texas, United States. She came into this world on 16th January of the year 1950 which has made her now at the age of 65. She is an American by her nationality. She was born as the third child to her parents. Her father Andrew Arthur Allen Jr. was a orthodontist whereas her mother is Vivian Allen. She went to get her education from the Howard University from where she earned a B.A. degree in the classical Greek literature, speech as well as theater. In addition to that, Debbie also holds the honoris causa Doctorates from the Howard University as well as the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At present, she is teaching the young dancers. Previously, she had also taught the choreography to the former Los Angeles Lakers dancer turned singer Paula Abdul.
Moving on to her personal life biography, Debbie is a married woman. She has married for two times and divorced once. At first, she was married to her first husband Win Wilford with whom she got married in the year 1975. She then remained with Win until their divorce in 1983. After that, she got remarried to her second husband Norm Nixon with whom she is still married. The couple tied their knot with each other in 1984. Debbie and Norm also have two children together who are named as Vivian Nichole Nixon and Ellard Nixon Jr. To get more details regarding her, she can also be connected via her Instagram as well as Twitter account.