Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen

Date of Birth

Birthday: January 16
Birthplace: Houston, Texas

In a career that spans three decades, the name Debbie Allen is synonymous with dynamic energy, creative talent and innovation. For her vast body of work, Ms. Allen has earned three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, five NAACP Image Awards, a Drama Desk, an Astaire Award (for Best Dancer), and the Olivier Award. She holds four honorary Doctorate degrees and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was appointed by President George W. Bush to represent the United States as a Cultural Ambassador of Dance.

In a career that spans three decades, the name Debbie Allen is synonymous with dynamic energy, creative talent and innovation. For her vast body of work, Ms. Allen has earned three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, five NAACP Image Awards, a Drama Desk, an Astaire Award (for Best Dancer), and the Olivier Award. She holds four honorary Doctorate degrees and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was appointed by President George W. Bush to represent the United States as a Cultural Ambassador of Dance.

She has been artist in residence at the Kennedy Center for over 15 years, creating original works with the legendary Arturo Sandoval and James Ingram, such as: Pepito's Story, Brothers of the Knight, Dreams, Alex in Wonderland, Soul Possessed, Pearl, Dancing in the Wings and Oman O Man. Her long list of directing and producing credits include television classics such as FAME, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Jane the Virgin, Empire, A Different World, Everybody Hates Chris, Stompin' At The Savoy, Polly, That's So Raven, Cool Women, Quantum Leap, The Fantasia Barrino Story, and on stage, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She is currently Executive Producer/Director/Actress on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.

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Awards & Nominations

18 Nominations | 3 Emmys
2018 Choreographers Nominee Reception
2018 Choreographers Nominee Reception
2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
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2018 Choreographers Nominee Reception
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Chloe Arnold, Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington and Debbie Allen at the Television Academy's 2018 Choreographers Nominee Reception at the Saban Media Center’s Wolf Theatre on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in North Hollywood, California.

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2018 Choreographers Nominee Reception
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Chloe Arnold and Debbie Allen at the Television Academy's 2018 Choreographers Nominee Reception at the Saban Media Center’s Wolf Theatre on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in North Hollywood, California.

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2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Debbie Allen, Kevin McKidd, and Gordon James attend the 24th Television Academy Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California.

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2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Joe Morton, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Anna Deavere Smith and James Pickens, Jr. attend the 24th Television Academy Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California.

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2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
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Debbie Allen attends the Choreography Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles.

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2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
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Debbie Allen and Fred Tallaksen attend the Choreography Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles.

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