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Debbie Allen (born November 16, 1950) served as both a house director and co-producer for A Different World with Susan Fales. She also made three guest appearances on the show, first, as Dr. Langhorne in two episodes, first in the Season 4 episode "Ex-Communication" (episode #13) and then in the Season 5 episode "Twelve Steps of Christmas" (episode #12), then as herself in the Season 6 opening episode "Honeymoon in L.A. (Part 1)". In addition to her work on ADW Debbie is also well known to TV show viewers for her role as Lydia Grant on NBC-TV's Fame TV series.

CareerEdit

An award winning actress, dancer, choreographer, television director and producer, and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities,[1][2] Debbie is perhaps best known for her work on the 1982 NBC-TV musical-drama television series Fame, where she portrayed dance teacher Lydia Grant, and served as the series' principal choreographer. She currently portrays Catherine Avery on Grey's Anatomy. She is the younger sister of actress/director/singer Phylicia Rashad.

Family/Personal lifeEdit

Allen is married to former NBA player Norm Nixon,[3] and they have two children, dancer Vivian Nichole Nixon, and basketball player Norman Ellard Nixon Jr. (Wofford College & Southern University). Allen was previously married to Win Wilford from 1975 to 1983.[4][5]

She is the sister of actress/director/singer Phylicia Rashad (with whom she once co-starred on an episode of The Cosby Show), and Tex Allen (Andrew Arthur Allen III, born 1945), noted jazz composer.

Personal lifeEdit

Allen is married to former NBA player Norm Nixon,[6] and they have three children: dancer Vivian Nichole Nixon, basketball player Norman Ellard Nixon Jr. (Wofford College & Southern University), and DeVaughn Nixon. Allen was previously married to Win Wilford from 1975 to 1983.[7][8][9] She is the sister of actress/director/singer Phylicia Rashad (with whom she once co-starred on an episode of The Cosby Show), and Tex Allen (Andrew Arthur Allen III, born 1945), noted jazz composer.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Current Members. President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Archived from the original on January 16, 2005. Retrieved on August 13, 2008.
  2. Debbie Allen, Culver City, California. President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (2008). Archived from the original on January 17, 2009. Retrieved on August 13, 2008.
  3. Peter Vecsey (March 13, 2007). BASN's Hometown Hero. blackathlete.net. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
  4. PEOPLE: "AND BABY MAKES FOUR". – The Dallas Morning News. – September 2, 1987.
  5. Dave Mackall (May 31, 2007) "Nixon fondly remembers Duquesne". – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  6. Peter Vecsey (March 13, 2007). BASN's Hometown Hero. blackathlete.net. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved on April 12, 2008.
  7. PEOPLE: "AND BABY MAKES FOUR". – The Dallas Morning News. – September 2, 1987.
  8. Dave Mackall (May 31, 2007) "Nixon fondly remembers Duquesne". – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  9. Joseph Schiefelbein (October 17, 2008) "Spivery, Jaguars to begin practice", The Advocate.

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