Debbie Allen Biography

Published On Jan 05, 2016
Facts of Debbie Allen
Date of Birth: 1950 , January-16
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 2 Inch
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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.

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Born in Houston, Texas

January 16 , 1950

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. 

Graduated from Jack Yates Senior High School

1967

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.

Graduated from Howard University

1971

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.

Began her acting career

1976

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.

Married to Winnfred Wilford

June 22 , 1975

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.

Appeared in the movie, Fame

1980

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. 

Married to Norman Nixon

April 27 , 1984

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.

First child, Vivian Nixon

May 30 , 1984

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.

Second child, Norman Nixon Jr

August 26 , 1987

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.

Released her debut solo album, Sweet Charity

1986

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.

Became columnist at Movement magazine

2006

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.

Won Golden Globes, USA

1983

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.

Won Primetime Emmy Awards

1982

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.

Won Image Awards

1995

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.

Honored as Star on the Walk of Fame

1991

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.