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Debbie Allen          

Actress, Dancer, Choreographer, Producer; Known for "Grey's Anatomy"

Debbie Allen is an American actress, dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, director, producer, and former President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities member. She has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award (winning five) and two Tony Awards. She has also won a Golden Globe Award and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Allen is best known for her work in the musical-drama television series "Fame," where she portrayed dance teacher Lydia Grant and served as the series' principal choreographer. For this role, she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography and was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Allen later began working as director and producer, most notably producing and directing 83 of 144 episodes of the NBC comedy series "A Different World." Allen notably plays Dr. Catherine Avery in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy, where she also serves as an executive producer and director. She has directed more than 50 television and film productions.

Allen opened the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, where she teaches young dancers. She also taught choreography to former Los Angeles Lakers dancer-turned-singer Paula Abdul.


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Now more than ever, no one feels safe on Grey's Anatomy—but no matter what happens to her character, Debbie Allen isn't going anywhere.
Debbie Allen: Raising Money For Kids And Dance - Los Angeles ...
It's going to be a busy few days for Debbie Allen. Thursday night, December 12th she's hosting a big fundraiser for her dance academy.
Debbie Allen honored at D.C. Tap Festival gala - The Washington Post
Debbie Allen has received many honors in her career as an actress and dancer — multiple Emmys, a Golden Globe and two Tony nominations among them.
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Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage And Men In Tights : NPR
Debbie Allen won Fame for playing an iconic dance teacher in film and television . Now, she's getting new fans for roles on shows like Grey's Anatomy. She talks ...
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