Debbie Allen


Highest Rated: 90% Ragtime (1981)
Lowest Rated: 9% Blank Check (1994)
Birthday: Jan 16, 1950
Birthplace: Not Available
African American actress/dancer Debbie Allen had built up a solid reputation as a Broadway choreographer by the time she made her screen debut in The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979). In 1980, she created the role of demanding dance instructor Lydia Grant in Fame (1980), a role she carried over into the long-running TV series of the same name. Each and every episode of this five-season series began with Debbie addressing a roomful of students: "You want fame?...Well, fame costs. And the price is sweat." Practicing what she preached, Debbie not only co-starred in the series but directed several episodes and handled the choreography, winning a brace of Emmies in the process. She went on to be nominated for a Tony award for the 1986 Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. The older sister of Cosby Show co-star Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen has herself remained active on the small screen, in the early '90s mapping out the production numbers of the annual Academy Awards telecast and in the mid-'90s co-starring with rapper LL Cool J on the weekly NBC sitcom In the House. In 1997 she was one of the producer's of Steven Spielberg's period drama Amistad. Four years later she directed and starred in the made-for-TV drama The Old Settler opposite her sister. She played herself in the remake of the TV show Fame. She continued directing for television including episodes of That's So Raven, and the Lifetime movie biopic The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale. In 2009 she returned to her roots yet again by playing the principal of the high school for performing arts that is the setting for the 2009 big-screen remake of Fame.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Least of These Actor 2018
No Score Yet A Star For Rose Rose 2013
24% Fame Principal Simms 2009
21% Next Day Air Ms. Jackson 2009
No Score Yet Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Director 2006
No Score Yet Soldiers of Change Bertha Lee Gilmore Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet Everything's Jake Librarian 2006
No Score Yet Tournament of Dreams Rhonda Dillins 2005
No Score Yet Confessions of an Action Star Actor 2005
No Score Yet Battle Night: The Krump Wars Actor 2005
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of the Tony Awards West Side Story 2005
No Score Yet Soldiers of Change (The Painting) Executive Producer Bertha Lee Gilmore 2002
No Score Yet All About You Ruth 2001
No Score Yet The Old Settler Director Quilly McGrath 2001
No Score Yet Michael Jordan: An American Hero Deloris Jordan 1999
No Score Yet It's Black Entertainment Actor 1999
77% Amistad Producer 1997
No Score Yet Out of Sync Manicurist Director 1995
9% Blank Check Yvonne 1994
No Score Yet Polly Director 1989
No Score Yet Liberty Weekend Actor 1986
55% Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Michelle 1986
No Score Yet Celebrity Regina Brown 1985
No Score Yet Alice at the Palace Actor 1982
90% Ragtime Sarah 1981
83% Fame Lydia 1980
No Score Yet The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Ola 1979

TV

CREDIT
48% S.W.A.T.
2017
Charice Charice Harrelson
  • 2019
  • 2018
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Catherine Avery Dr. Catherine Avery Director Producer Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Black Hollywood: They've Gotta Have Us
2018
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet Dance Moms
2011-2016
Appearing
  • 2016
97% Insecure
2016-2018
Director
  • 2016
100% Jane the Virgin
2014-2018
Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
85% Empire
2015
Director
  • 2015
No Score Yet FABLife
2015-2016
Guest
  • 2015
97% Survivor's Remorse
2014-2017
Director
  • 2015
93% Scandal
2012-2018
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2011
93% How to Get Away With Murder
2014
Director
  • 2014
70% Witches of East End
2013-2014
Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet So You Think You Can Dance
2005
Appearing Judge
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
65% Hellcats
2010-2011
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
95% Everybody Hates Chris
2005-2009
Mother Director
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Game
2006-2015
Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet That's So Raven
2003-2007
Director
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
Director
  • 2003
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
1989-1993
Joanne Director
  • 1993
  • 1991
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Dr. Langhorn Producer Director
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Director
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Emma Neuhausen
  • 1988
No Score Yet Family Ties
1982-1989
Director
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Diana
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000

QUOTES FROM Debbie Allen CHARACTERS