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Debbie Allen

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16, 1950
Houston, TX
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16, 1950 (age 71)
Houston, TX


Dancer, choreographer, and actress known for her work on the 1982 series Fame, in which she both played Lydia Grant and served as principal choreographer. She's also played Catherine Avery on Grey's Anatomy.

Before Fame

She attended Howard University before making her Broadway debut in Purlie with a role in the chorus. She first assumed the role of Fame's Lydia Grant in the 1980 movie of the same name.


She's also worked as a director on shows like Army Wives and Family Ties and has been a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance. She's worked as a choreographer for the Academy Awards.

Family Life

She married Norm Nixon in 1984, and the couple had a daughter and son. Phylicia Rashad is her older sister.

Associated With

She became a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities when she was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001.