Debbie Allen Net Worth

Debbie Allen Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Deborrah Kaye Allen net worth is
$3 Million

Deborrah Kaye Allen Wiki Biography

Deborrah Kaye Allen was born on 16 January 1950, in Houston, Texas, USA, and is a dancer, choreographer, actress, television producer and director, who probably gained worldwide recognition for her role in television series ‘Fame’ from 1982-87, and the subsequent film released in 2009. She is also on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

So just how rich is Debbie Allen? Authoritative sources estimate that Debbie Allen’s net worth has reached over $3 million as of mid-2016, accumulated during a career in the entertainment industry now spanning more than 40 years.

Debbie Allen Net Worth $3 Million

Debbie’s mother, Vivian (nee Ayers) was a poet and worked as a director in the art museum, whereas her father, Andrew Arthur Allen Jr., worked as an orthodontist. Debbie graduated with a BA degree in classical Greek literature, speech, and theater from Howard University, and then earned Doctorates from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Howard University.

In 1980, Debbie Allen attracted the attention of critics who nominated Debbie with a Tony Award and gave her a Drama Desk Award for her role in the Broadway musical ‘West Side Story’. Another Tony Award nomination which has also helped increase Debbie Allen’s net worth she received for her role in the musical ‘Sweet Charity’. In 1980, Allen had a support role on the big screen in the film ‘Fame’ directed by Alan Parker, but as the film was developed into the television series, the role of Lydia grew into a leading one. Her net worth was already well established.

Debbie’s net worth rose after she won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 1982 and 1983 and the Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress in Television Series Musical or Comedy for her role in television series ‘Fame’. In addition to this Allen has added to her net worth appearing in the films ‘Blank Check’ directed by Rupert Wainwright, ‘Ragtime’ directed by Miloš Forman, ‘Next Day Air’ directed by Benny Boom, ‘The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh’ directed by Gilbert Moses and ‘Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling’ directed by Richard Pryor. Moreover, she appeared in television series such as ‘The Cosby Show’ as Emma, ‘Roots: The Next Generations’ as Nan, ‘In The House’ as Jackie Warren, ‘Good Times’ in the role of J.J.’s Junkie Fiancée, ‘Quantum Leap’ in the role of Joanna Chapman, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in the role of Catherine Avery. Her net worth continued to rise, and also as a guest judge in a number of the reality competition shows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.

Debbie Allen has further increased her net worth as a director of the sitcoms ‘Girlfriends’, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’, ‘All of Us’, ‘That’s So Raven’, ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’, ‘A Different World’, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ‘Family Ties’ and ‘The Parkers’.

Additionally, Allen has directed the films ‘Life Is Not a Fairy Tale’, ‘Polly’, ‘Out-of-Sync’, and other television series ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Hellcats’, ‘Army Wives’, ‘The Client List’, ‘Let’s Stay Together’, ‘Scandal’.

Debbie has also worked as a column writer for ‘Movement’ magazine since 2006. Currently she is concentrating more on choreography and teaching dance.

In her personal life, Debbie Allen has married twice, firstly to Win Wilford from 1975 to 1983,  and since 1984, to Norm Nixon.

Full NameDebbie Allen
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 16, 1950
Place Of BirthHouston, Texas, United States
Height5 ft 1 in (1.57 m)
ProfessionActress, Dancer, Choreographer, Television producer, Television Director, Film Producer, Film director, Author
EducationHoward University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
SpouseNorm Nixon (m. 1984), Winnfred Wilford (m. 1975–1983)
ChildrenVivian Nixon, Norman Nixon Jr., DeVaughn Nixon
ParentsVivian Allen, Andrew Arthur Allen Sr.
SiblingsPhylicia Rashad, Andrew Arthur Allen Jr, Hugh Allen
NicknamesDeborrah Kaye Allen , Deborrah Kaye “Debbie” Allen , Deborah Allen , Debra Allen
AwardsAcademy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography, Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress in Television Series Musical or Comedy (1983), NAACP Image Award (1985), Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (1980), PGA Vision Award (1998), Helen Hayes Award for O...
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Drama D...
Movies"Amistad" (1997), "Fame" (2009), "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling" (1986), "The Old Settler" (2001)
TV Shows"West Side Story", "Molly Doodle", "Sweet Charity", "The Debbie Allen Special" (1989), "A Different World", "Fame" (1982-1987), "Grey's Anatomy" (2011-present), "Scandal" (2012)
A Different World (1987)$1,000,000
1[on working with rapper Malicious Jynx (2005)] There is just something about him, he is so talented and so gifted, so flamboyant and so charismatic. He doesn't deserve the harsh criticism he receives. Anyone who listens to his albums with their hearts and their ears will see his love, and his warmth. He is such a lovely young man and I love him for that. He gets negative publicity but people need to know the real person that's inside of him.
1Has said "Glory" is her favorite film.
2It's the only person who appears in Fame the movie (1980), Fame (TV series) and Fama (1990).
3She studied drama at the HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
4Is one of four people (Gene Anthony Ray, Albert Hague and Lee Curreri) to appear in both Fame (1980) and Fame (1982) the TV series.
5Has arthritis in her right shoulder and right ankle.
6Mother of Norman Nixon Jr. (born 1987) and Vivian Nixon (born 1984).
7In 1972, her mom Vivian's work, "Workshops in Open Fields," was hailed and recommended to the nation as a "prototype of grass roots programming" by the director of NEA. Vivian established the Adept New American Museum--a museum for art and history of the American Southwest; which features "Juneteenth" Black Cowboys, American Indian Sand Painting, seminars on the Emancipation Proclamation and Mayan studies-- in Mt Vernon NY. She is known as a leader in the arts community in New York area.
8Her mother Dr Vivian Elizabeth Ayers attended Brainerd Institute, Barber Scotia College and Bennett College. Vivian was the first poet in the state of Texas to receive the Pulitzer Prize Award nomination in 1952. Vivian was often called the "Poet Laureate of Texas." In the late 50's, her poetry, "Hawk," attracted the attention of NASA and for twenty years was the only poetry celebrated by NASA. She worked as an apprentice librarian at the Fondren Library of Rice University and was accorded faculty status in 1965, becoming the first African American to be so qualified. During her years at Rice, she organized and published The Adept Quarterly, an important contribution to the small publications movement of the time.
9Daughter Vivian Nixon followed in Debbie's footsteps by playing Debbie's "Anita" role in a 2006 revival of the musical The Making of 'West Side Story' (1985). Debbie returned to her hometown of Houston to see her daughter perform.
10Is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
11Her daughter, Vivian Nixon, is in the lead role of the Broadway musical "Hot Feet". Vivian was classically trained at Washington D.C.'s Kirov Academy of Ballet and at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
12Ex-sister-in-law of Victor Willis and Ahmad Rashad.
13Authored children's books entitled, "Brothers of the Knight" and "Dancing in the Wings".
14Her father passed away ten days after he accompanied her to the Emmy Awards Ceremony in which she won for Best Choreography for Fame (1982).
15Choreographed five Academy Award shows.
16Founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Institute in Culver City, CA in 2000.
17Her most notable role to date, that of "Lydia Grant" on the TV Series Fame (1982), earned her three Emmy Nominations and one Golden Globe.
18Received a Drama Desk Award in 1979.
19Has twice been nominated for Tony Awards: in 1980, as Best Actress (Featured Role -Musical) for a revival of "West Side Story," and in 1986, as Best Actress (Musical) for playing the title character in a revival of Bob Fosse's "Sweet Charity."
20Won the first Lena Horne Award for Career Achievement at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.
21Won 1992 & 1995 Essence Awards.
22Has an Honorary doctorate from her alma mater Howard University.
23Received an Honorary doctorate from The North Carolina School of the Arts, the same institution that denied her admittance to its dance department when she was sixteen years old; she was told then that she had the wrong type of body for dance.
24Her husband, Norman Nixon, is a former NBA player with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
25Daughter of dentist Arthur Allen and Pulitzer-prize nominated Vivan Ayers ( artist, poet, playwright, and publisher). Older siblings are jazz musician Tex (Andrew Arthur Allen Jr, born 1945) and actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen (Phylicia Rashad, born 1948), and brother Hugh Allen (real estate banker in North Carolina).


Grey's Anatomy2011-2017TV SeriesDr. Catherine Avery
Jane the Virgin2016TV SeriesBeverly Flores
A Star for Rose2013Rose
Let's Stay Together2013TV SeriesCougar
Milk & Honey2012TV Series
Grace2011TV MovieHelen Grace
Fake It Til You Make It2010TV SeriesReggie's Mama
Fame2009Ms. Angela Simms
Next Day Air2009Ms. Jackson
Everybody Hates Chris2006-2007TV SeriesGun Woman / Mother
Tournament of Dreams2007Rhonda Dillins
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story2006TV MovieAmerican Idol Auditionee in Sunglasses (uncredited)
Everything's Jake2006Librarian
All of Us2004TV SeriesKate
The Division2003TV SeriesWanda
The Painting2001Bertha Lee Gilmore
All About You2001Ruth
PBS Hollywood Presents2001TV SeriesQuilly McGrath
The Old Settler2001TV MovieQuilly (nee 'Queen Esther')
Michael Jordan: An American Hero1999TV MovieDeloris Jordan
Cosby1997TV SeriesDebra
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995-1997TV SeriesLola / Precious
Touched by an Angel1996TV SeriesValerie Hill
In the House1995-1996TV SeriesJackie Warren
C-Bear and Jamal1996TV Series voice
Mona Must Die1994Betty
Blank Check1994Yvonne
The Sinbad Show1994TV SeriesDebbie Allen
A Different World1991-1992TV SeriesDr. Langhorne / Debbie Allen
Stompin' at the Savoy1992TV MovieEstelle
Sunday in Paris1991TV ShortSunday Chase
Quantum Leap1991TV SeriesJoanna Chapman
The Cosby Show1988TV SeriesEmma
Fame1982-1987TV SeriesLydia Grant The Good Witch of the South
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling1986Michelle
Janet Jackson: Dream Street1984Video short
Celebrity1984TV Mini-SeriesRegina Brown
Women of San Quentin1983TV MovieCarol Freeman
Live... And in Person1983TV Series
Parade of Stars1983TV MovieJosephine Baker
The Love Boat1979-1983TV SeriesReesa Marlowe / Selena Moore
Alice at the Palace1982TV MovieRed Queen
Drawing Power1980TV Series voice
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh1979Ola (as Debra Allen)
Ebony, Ivory and Jade1979TV MovieClaire 'Ebony' Bryant
Roots: The Next Generations1979TV Mini-SeriesNan Branch Haley
The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened1977TV MovieJulie Sutton
Dancing in the Wings1977TV Movie
Good Times1976TV SeriesDiana Buchanan


Grey's Anatomy2010-2017TV Series 14 episodes
Insecure2016TV Series 1 episode
Survivor's Remorse2015TV Series 1 episode
Jane the Virgin2014-2015TV Series 2 episodes
Scandal2014-2015TV Series 3 episodes
Empire2015TV Series 1 episode
How to Get Away with Murder2014TV Series 1 episode
Witches of East End2014TV Series 1 episode
Let's Stay Together2013TV Series 3 episodes
Army Wives2013TV Series 1 episode
The Client List2013TV Series 1 episode
Hellcats2010-2011TV Series 2 episodes
My Parents, My Sister & Me2009-2010TV Series 3 episodes
Everybody Hates Chris2006-2009TV Series 10 episodes
The Game2008TV Series 1 episode
Girlfriends2005-2008TV Series 9 episodes
All of Us2003-2007TV Series 44 episodes
I Was a Network Star2006TV Movie documentary
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story2006TV Movie
That's So Raven2004-2006TV Series 5 episodes
That's So Raven: Supernaturally Stylish2004Video
The Parkers2003TV Series 1 episode
The Twilight Zone2003TV Series 1 episode
Cool Women2002TV Series documentary 1 episode
PBS Hollywood Presents2001TV Series 1 episode
The Old Settler2001TV Movie
Kirk Franklin: The Nu Nation Tour1999Video
Martin Luther King Special One Day1998TV Movie
Linc's1998TV Series 1 episode
The Jamie Foxx Show1997-1998TV Series 2 episodes
Between Brothers1997TV Series 1 episode
The Sinbad Show1993-1994TV Series 7 episodes
A Different World1988-1993TV Series 83 episodes
Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms1993TV Special documentary
Quantum Leap1991-1993TV Series 2 episodes
The Boys1992TV Movie
Stompin' at the Savoy1992TV Movie
Polly: Comin' Home!1990TV Movie
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1990TV Series 2 episodes
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1989TV Series 1 episode
The Debbie Allen Special1989TV Special
Family Ties1987-1988TV Series 2 episodes
Fame1984-1987TV Series 11 episodes
The Bronx Zoo1987TV Series 1 episode
Janet Jackson: Dream Street1984Video short


Hellcats2010TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
That's So Raven2004-2006TV Series choreographer - 2 episodes
Fame2003TV Series choreographer
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV Special choreographer
C-Bear and Jamal1996TV Series voice director - 3 episodes
Michael Jackson: One Night Only1995TV Movie creative consultant
Forget Paris1995choreographer
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV Special choreographer
A Different World1988-1993TV Series main title - 120 episodes
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV Special choreographer
Quantum Leap1991TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Motown 30: What's Goin' On!1990TV Special choreographer
Polly: Comin' Home!1990TV Movie choreographer
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1989TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
The Debbie Allen Special1989TV Special choreographer
Motown Returns to the Apollo1985TV Special choreographer
FameTV Series choreographer - 57 episodes, 1982 - 1984 dance consultant - 10 episodes, 1983 - 1985 concert staging - 1 episode, 1983
Taxi1982TV Series special choreography - 1 episode
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV Special choreographer


Untitled Fame DramaTV Series executive producer announced
Grey's Anatomy2015-2017TV Series executive producer - 48 episodes
A Star for Rose2013producer
My Parents, My Sister & Me2009-2010TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Alex in Wonderland: Interview with Debbie Allen2010Video short executive producer
Alex in Wonderland: Rehearsing Wonderland2010Video short executive producer
Fame2003TV Series producer
Cool Women2002TV Series documentary executive producer
The Painting2001executive producer
PBS Hollywood Presents2001TV Series co-executive producer - 1 episode
The Old Settler2001TV Movie executive producer
Martin Luther King Special One Day1998TV Movie executive producer
Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage1997TV Movie executive producer
A Different World1988-1993TV Series producer - 122 episodes
The Boys1992TV Movie executive producer
Sunday in Paris1991TV Short executive producer
FameTV Series co-producer - 5 episodes, 1984 - 1985 producer - 1 episode, 1983


Amistad1997"The Ladder Is Broken", "Ya Weh", "Let's Stand Together", "Today We Face The Wall" / writer: "Timuyandya"
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV Series performer - 1 episode
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1989TV Series writer - 1 episode
FameTV Series performer - 20 episodes, 1982 - 1987 writer - 2 episodes, 1987 lyrics - 2 episodes, 1985 music - 1 episode, 1985
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV Special performer: "I'm a Brass Band"
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation1986"The Fight Song"
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentary performer: "Footloose"
Bagets1984performer: "Baby I Lied"
Parade of Stars1983TV Movie performer: "J'ai Deux Amours", "I'm Just Wild About Harry"
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentary performer: "Lullaby of Broadway", "The Gold Diggers' Song We're in the Money", "She's a Latin from Manhattan", "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi I Like You Very Much", "You'll Never Know", " You May Not Be an Angel, but I'll String Along with You", "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", "Lulu's Back in Town", "Jeepers Creepers", "Nagasaki", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Forty-Second Street" - uncredited
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV Special performer: "America"

Art Department

Fame1986TV Series artistic consultant - 4 episodes


I Was a Network Star2006TV Movie documentary
The Debbie Allen Special1989TV Special


Inland Empire2006special thanks


Paul Mooney: The Godfather of Comedy2012TV MovieHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
West Side Story: A Place for Us - West Side Story's Legacy2011Documentary shortHerself
West Side Story: Pow! The Dances of West Side Story2011Documentary short
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHerself
Dishing Tea with Big Meach2010TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHerself
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV SeriesHerself
Loose Women2009TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2009TV SeriesHerself
Black to the Future2009TV SeriesHerself
The Compass2009DocumentaryHerself
Bring Back... Fame2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Wonder Kids2008Documentary
The 2007 Miss America Pageant2007TV MovieHerself - Judge
BET Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
I Was a Network Star2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Battle Night: The Krump Wars2005Video documentaryHerself
TV Land Confidential2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Mississippi Rising2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Back to Bel-Air: A Fresh Look2005Video shortHerself
Black in the 80s2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Confessions of an Action Star2005Herself / Deity
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones2005TV MovieHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
An Evening of Stars: 25th Anniversary Tribute to Lou Rawls2004TV MovieHerself
Essence Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
9th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Fame2003TV SeriesHerself - Host
E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Silent Crisis: Diabetes Among Us2002TV Movie documentaryHost / Narrator
Bill Nye and Debbie Allen Imagine Mars2002TV MovieHerself
Inside TV Land: Taboo TV2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 4th Annual Family Television Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
The 1st 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Award Show Program Special... Live!... in Stereo2002TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
33rd NAACP Image Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryHerself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait1998-2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence2001TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Host
The Directors2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Living Positive1999DocumentaryNarrator
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999TV SeriesHerself
An American Celebration at Ford's Theater1999TV MovieHerself - Dancer
Stars Over Mississippi1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Amistad'1999Video documentary shortHerself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Healthy Kids1998TV SeriesHerself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture Drama
An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence1998TV MovieHerself - Host
Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage1997TV MovieHerself
HBO First Look1997TV Series documentary shortHerself
3rd Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
28th NAACP Image Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine1996TV SpecialHerself
Soul Train's 25th Anniversary1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995TV SeriesHerself
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
She TV1994TV SeriesHerself (1994)
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1994TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 46th Annual Director's Guild Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The Sinbad Show1994TV SeriesHerself
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
Soul Train Comedy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Host
Hollywood Women1993TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The 1th Annual Minority Motion Picture Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
John & Leeza from Hollywood1993TV SeriesHerself
The 14th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Host
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Winner
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesHerself
Motown 30: What's Goin' On!1990TV SpecialHerself
Great Performances1990TV SeriesHerself
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration1990TV SpecialHerself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood1990TV Special documentaryHerself
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1989TV MovieHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1985-1989TV SeriesHerself
Soul Train1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Later with Bob Costas1989TV SeriesHerself
The Debbie Allen Special1989TV SpecialHerself - Host
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
20th NAACP Image Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Host
Las Vegas: An All-Star 75th Anniversary1987TV SpecialHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
Superstars and Their Moms1987TV MovieHerself
Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show1987TV SpecialHerself
Square One Television1987TV SeriesHerself
The 8th Annual Black Achievement Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Co-host
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee & Performer
Liberty Weekend1986TV Special documentaryHerself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHerself
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.1986TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly1985TV MovieHerself
Motown Returns to the Apollo1985TV SpecialHerself
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration1985TV Special documentaryHerself
The 27th Annual Grammy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1984TV MovieHerself
Star Search1984TV SeriesHerself - Introducer
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team1984TV MovieHerself - Performer
Fame1983-1984TV SeriesHerself
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The 11th Annual American Music Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.1984TV Special documentaryHerself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1983TV SeriesHerself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The Best of Everything1983TV MovieHerself
The 4th Annual Black Achievement Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Host
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Winner
Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night1983TV MovieHerself
The Kids from Fame: From the Royal Albert Hall London1983TV Movie documentaryHerself
Battle of the Network Stars XIII1982TV SpecialHerself - Host
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Nominee & Performer
Battle of the Network Stars XII1982TV SpecialHerself - NBC Team
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Nominee & Performer
Working in the Theatre1980TV Series documentaryHerself
The Hollywood Squares1979TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots1978TV MovieHerself
3 Girls 31977TV SeriesHerself
Soul Alive1977TV SeriesHerself
Black Journal1975TV SeriesHerself
Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHerself
Last of the Showmen2018Documentary filmingHerself
The Legacy: 75 Years of Blacks on Television2017TV Series documentary post-productionHerself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2017Documentary post-productionHerself
To Her Own Rhythm2015Documentary post-productionHerself
American TapDocumentary post-productionHerself
MoveDocumentary filmingHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2017TV SeriesHerself
Dance Family2017DocumentaryHerself
The Real2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
Today2014-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHerself
Unsung Hollywood2015-2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Dance Moms2016TV SeriesHerself
TV Land Icon Awards 20162016TV MovieHerself - Trailblazer Icon Award Honoree
Collector's Café2016Video shortHerself - Guest
Essence Ninth Annual Black Women in Hollywood2016TV MovieHerself
The Talk2015TV SeriesHerself
VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly2015TV SpecialHerself
FabLife2015TV SeriesHerself
Access Hollywood Live2015TV SeriesHerself
BET Honors2015TV MovieHerself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself
So You Think You Can Dance2007-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge / Herself - Judge / Herself
Move TV2012-2013TV SeriesHerself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
The Queen Latifah Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
2013 Soul Train Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You2013DocumentaryHerself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2012TV SeriesHerself
Washington Watch with Roland Martin2012TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - Director, How to Get Away with Murder
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesLydia Grant
Great Performances2005TV SeriesHerself - Performer

Won Awards

1998Career Achievement AwardAcapulco Black Film Festival
1998Vision AwardPGA AwardsTheatrical Motion PicturesAmistad (1997)
1995Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Choreography in Film or TelevisionThe 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993)
1991Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 11 October 1991. At 6908 Hollywood Blvd.
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ChoreographyMotown 30: What's Goin' On! (1990)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalFame (1982)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ChoreographyFame (1982)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ChoreographyFame (1982)
1982Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsFemale Discovery of the Year

Nominated Awards

2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2005BET Comedy AwardBET Comedy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Comedy SeriesAll of Us (2003)
2001Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class DirectingCool Women (2002)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyThe 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Motion Picture, DramaAmistad (1997)
1998PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesAmistad (1997)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in ChoreographyThe 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in ChoreographyThe 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in ChoreographyThe 64th Annual Academy Awards (1992)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyPolly (1989)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyThe Debbie Allen Special (1989)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Variety or Music ProgramThe Debbie Allen Special (1989)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramAn All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (1986)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalFame (1982)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ChoreographyFame (1982)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Music and LyricsMotown Returns to the Apollo (1985)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesFame (1982)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalFame (1982)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ChoreographyFame (1982)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesFame (1982)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramLive... And in Person (1983)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesFame (1982)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesFame (1982)

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