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Debbie Allen has played Catherine Avery since season eight of Grey's Anatomy. Besides acting on the show, Debbie has also directed several episodes and she has become an executive producer as of season 12.

BiographyEdit

Debbie was born in Houston, Texas. She is the third child to Andrew Authur Allen Jr, a orthodontist and Vivian Allen, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated artist. She went to Howard University and earned a B.A in classical Greek Literature, speech, and theatre. She holds honoris causa Doctorates from Howard University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While growing up, she faced racism at the Houston Ballet School, and was denied admission to the school due to the color of her skin.

Allen is married to former NBA player Norm Nixon, and they have three children: Vivian Nichole Nixon, Norman Ellard Nixon Jr., and DeVaughn Nixon.

CareerEdit

FilmographyEdit

  • A Star for Rose (2013)
  • Grace (2011)
  • Fame (2009)
  • Next Day Air (2009)
  • Tournament of Dreams (2007)
  • Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006)
  • Everything's Jake (2006)
  • The Painting (2001)
  • All About You (2001)
  • The Old Settler (2001)
  • Michael Jordan: An American Hero (1999)
  • Out-of-Sync (1995)
  • Mona Must Die (1994)
  • Blank Check (1994)
  • Stompin' at the Savoy (1992)
  • Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling (1986)
  • Janet Jackson: Dream Street (short) (1984)
  • Women of San Quentin (1983)
  • Parade of Stars (1983)
  • Alice at the Palace (1982)
  • Ragtime (1981)
  • Fame (1980)
  • The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
  • Ebony, Ivory and Jade (1979)
  • The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977)
  • Dancing in the Wings (1977)

TelevisionEdit

  • Grey's Anatomy (2011-2017)
  • Jane the Virgin (2016)
  • Let's Stay Together (2013)
  • Milk & Honey (2012)
  • Fake It Til You Make It (2010)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (2006-2007)
  • All of Us (2004)
  • The Division (2003)
  • PBS Hollywood Presents (2001)
  • Cosby (1997)
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995-1997)
  • Touched by an Angel (1996)
  • In the House (1995-1996)
  • C-Bear and Jamal (1996)
  • The Sinbad Show (1994)
  • A Different World (1991-1992)
  • Sunday in Paris (short) (1991)
  • Quantum Leap (1991)
  • The Cosby Show (1988)
  • Fame (1982-1987)
  • Celebrity (mini-series) (1984)
  • Live… And in Person (1983)
  • The Love Boat (1979-1983)
  • Drawing Power (1980)
  • Roots: The Next Generations (mini-series) (1979)
  • Good Times (1976)

DirectorEdit

  • Grey's Anatomy (2010-2017)
  • Insecure (2016)
  • Survivor's Remorse (2015)
  • Jane the Virgin (2014-2015)
  • Scandal (2014-2015)
  • Empire (2015)
  • How to Get Away with Murder (2014)
  • Witches of East End (2014)
  • Let's Stay Together (2013)
  • Army Wives (2013)
  • The Client List (2013)
  • Hellcats (2010-2011)
  • My Parents, My Sister & Me (2009-2010)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (2006-2009)
  • The Game (2008)
  • Girlfriends (2005-2008)
  • All of Us (2003-2007)
  • I Was a Network Star (documentary) (2006)
  • Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006)
  • That's So Raven (2004-2006)
  • That's So Raven: Supernaturally Stylish (2004)
  • The Parkers (2003)
  • The Twilight Zone (2003)
  • Cool Women (documentary) (2002)
  • PBS Hollywood Presents (2001)
  • The Old Settler (2001)
  • Kirk Franklin: The Tu Nation Tour (1999)
  • Martin Luther King Special One Day (1998)
  • Linc's (1998)
  • The Jamie Foxx Show (1997-1998)
  • Between Brothers (1997)
  • Out-of-Sync (1995)
  • The Sinbad Show (1993-1994)
  • A Different Show (1988-1993)
  • Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms (documentary) (1993)
  • Quantum Leap (1991-1993)
  • The Boys (1992)
  • Stompin' at the Savoy (1992)
  • Polly: Comin' Home (1992)
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1989)
  • The Debbie Allen Special (1989)
  • Family Ties (1987-1988)
  • Fame (1984-1987)
  • The Bronx Zoo (1987)
  • Janet Jackson: Dream Street (short) (1984)

ProducerEdit

  • Untitled Fame Drama (????)
  • Grey's Anatomy (2015-)
  • A Star for Rose (2013)
  • My Parents, My Sister & Me (2009-2010)
  • Alex in Wonderland: Interview with Debbie Allen (short) (2010)
  • Alex in Wonderland: Rehearsing Wonderland (short) (2010)
  • Fame (2003)
  • Cool Women (documentary) (2002)
  • The Painting (2001)
  • PBS Hollywood Presents (2001)
  • The Old Settler (2001)
  • Martin Luther King Special One Day (1998)
  • Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage (1997)
  • Amistad (1997)
  • A Different World (1988-1993)
  • The Boys (1992)
  • Sunday in Paris (short) (1991)
  • Fame (1983-1985)

Directed EpisodesEdit

Grey's AnatomyEdit

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8

Season 9

Season 10

Season 11

Season 12

Season 13

Season 14

Notes and TriviaEdit

External LinksEdit

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