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Debbie Allen Biography

Debbie Allen

Facts of Debbie Allen

Date of Birth: 1950 , January-16
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 2 Inch

Quick Timeline of Debbie Allen

1950 Born in Houston, Texas
1967 Graduated from Jack Yates Senior High School
1971 Graduated from Howard University
1976 Began her acting career
1975 Married to Winnfred Wilford
1980 Appeared in the movie, Fame
1984 Married to Norman Nixon
1984 First child, Vivian Nixon
1987 Second child, Norman Nixon Jr
1986 Released her debut solo album, Sweet Charity
2006 Became columnist at Movement magazine
1983 Won Golden Globes, USA
1982 Won Primetime Emmy Awards
1995 Won Image Awards
1991 Honored as Star on the Walk of Fame

Detail Timeline of Debbie Allen

January 16 , 1950

Born in Houston, Texas

Black beauty, Debbie Allen was born as Deborrah Kaye Allen in Houston, Texas, United States of America to Andrew Arthur Allen Jr. and Vivian Allen. She is an American and is black. She is five feet and two inch tall. 

1967

Graduated from Jack Yates Senior High School

Debbie received her formal education from Jack Yates Senior High School. She also completed her high school graduation from there in 1967. Soon after her high school graduation, she joined Howard University to pursue her higher studies.

1971

Graduated from Howard University

Debbie is the graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical Greek literature, speech, and theater. She graduated from there in 1971. She is also the graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

1976

Began her acting career

She has been active in acting since 1976. She made her acting debut by appearing in the Broadway production, Purlie. Two years later in 1978, she appeared in the television series, The Love Boat. She is also known for her appearance in the musical theatre, Raisin.

June 22 , 1975

Married to Winnfred Wilford

On 22nd of June 1975, Debbie got married to Winnfred Wilford. She was happily married to him and they also got bonded in this married life for the next eight years. However, in 1983 they decided to dissolve their married life and they got divorced that year.

1980

Appeared in the movie, Fame

She played her first movie role in 1980 movie, Fame. Though her role in this movie was relatively small, she also got listed in the television series, Fame. She appeared in this series from 1982 till 1987. She also got nominated in several prestigious awards for this role. 

April 27 , 1984

Married to Norman Nixon

Few months later, Debbie began dating Norm Nixon. Norm is the former professional basketball player. He is also famous for being an actor and producer. After being in love for several months, they got married on 27th of April 1984. As a married couple, they have been parents twice.

May 30 , 1984

First child, Vivian Nixon

She became mother for the first time in her life in 1984. Dancer and an actress, Vivian Nixon is her first child. She was born on 30th of May 1984 to Debbir and her husband, Norm Nixon. She was born within a months after they got married and it is believed that they was born as a result of her love life.

August 26 , 1987

Second child, Norman Nixon Jr

She became mother for the second time in her life and that was in 1987. She and her loving husband, Norm Nixon welcomed their second child together and that was on 26th of August. That time they welcomed a son and they named him Norman Nixon Jr.

1986

Released her debut solo album, Sweet Charity

Besides being popular in the world as an actress, she is also famous for being a singer. As a singer, she has sung in several musical theatres. She released her debut solo album, Sweet Charity in 1986 and her second album, Special Look was released in 1989.

2006

Became columnist at Movement magazine

Multi talented Debbie is also a great writer. She has been serving as a regular columnist at Movement magazine since 2006. She has also published several books on her own. She is an author of the book, Dancing in the Wings Paperback.

1983

Won Golden Globes, USA

Golden Globes, USA is one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and she it’s an honor if anyone wins this award. She has also been honored with this award once and that was in 1983 for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical.

1982

Won Primetime Emmy Awards

Till now, she has been nominated in Primetime Emmy Awards for 19 different times and out of these nineteen nominations, she has been honored thrice. She was honored with this award for the first time in 1982 for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.

1995

Won Image Awards

In 1995, she got her first nominated in Image Awards. She got nominated in this award for her work at The 65th Annual Academy Awards and she was also honored with this award for Outstanding Choreography in Film or Television.

1991

Honored as Star on the Walk of Fame

Till now, she has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and she has also been honored with several of them. For her continuous contribution in the acting world, she was honored as the Star on the Walk of Fame in 1991.

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On 22nd of June 1975, Debbie got married to Winnfred Wilford. She was happily married to him and they also got bonded in this married life for the next eight years. However, in 1983 they decided to dissolve their married life and they got divorced that year.

Few months later, Debbie began dating Norm Nixon. Norm is the former professional basketball player. He is also famous for being an actor and producer. After being in love for several months, they got married on 27th of April 1984. As a married couple, they have been parents twice.

Debbie is the graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical Greek literature, speech, and theater. She has been active in acting since 1976. She made her acting debut by appearing in the Broadway production, Purlie. Two years later in 1978, she appeared in the television series, The Love Boat. She got her rise in fame in 1980 after she played the role of Anita in the Broadway, West Side Story. She played her first movie role in 1980 movie, Fame. For her role in the television series, A Different World, she earned the salary of $1,000,000. Her net worth is said to be around $3 million.