Debbie Allen: Raising Money For Kids And Dance - New York News

Debbie Allen: Raising Money For Kids And Dance

Posted: Updated:

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.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, four performances of ‘Hot Chocolate Nutcracker', which is becoming a holiday tradition for Southern California families.

Fun Facts About Debbie Allen: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American actress, dancer, choreographer, television director, television producer, and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She is perhaps best known for her work on the 1982 musical-drama television series Fame, where she portrayed dance teacher Lydia Grant, and served as the series' principal choreographer. She is the younger sister of actress/director/singer Phylicia Rashād.

2) Debbie Allen had her Broadway debut in the chorus of Purlie. Allen also created the role of Beneatha in the Tony Award-winning musical Raisin. She first began receiving critical attention in 1980 for her appearance in the role of Anita in the Broadway revival of West Side Story which earned her a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award, she would receive a second Tony Award nomination in 1986 for her performance in the title role of Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity. One of her earlier television appearances was in the TV sitcom Good Times in a memorable 2-part episode titled "J.J.'s Fiancee'" as J.J.'s drug-addicted fiancee, Diana.

3) Allen was first introduced as Lydia Grant in the 1980 film Fame. Although her role in the film was relatively small, Lydia would become a central figure in the television adaptation, which ran from 1982 to 1987. During the opening montage of each episode, Grant told her students: "You've got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying ... in sweat." Allen was nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Actress four times during the show's run. She is the only actress to have appeared in all three screen incarnations of Fame, playing Lydia Grant in both the 1980 film and 1982 television series and playing the school principal in the 2009 remake.

4) Allen was also lead choreographer for the film and television series, winning two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe Award. In an article from the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Hollywood Reporter commented on Allen's impact as the producer-director of the television series, A Different World. The show dealt with the life of students at the fictional historically black college, Hillman, and ran for six seasons on NBC.

Twitter: @msdebbieallen

For ticket info, or donations - click: thehotchcoclatenutcracker

debbieallendanceacademy

  • The Latest From Good Day LAMore>>

  • Bill Medley: The Time Of My Life

    Bill Medley: The Time Of My Life

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:59:36 GMT
    Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers was here. In his new book ‘Time Of My Life’, Medley talks about his time with Bobby Hatfield and their string of hit songs.
    Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers was here. In his new book ‘Time Of My Life’, Medley talks about his time with Bobby Hatfield and their string of hit songs.
  • Prom Season Looks with Sadie Murray

    Prom Season Looks with Sadie Murray

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:50 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:50:05 GMT
    [VIEW PHOTO GALLERY] It’s Prom season and although shopping for the perfect dress, shoes and accessories can be half the fun, it can also become quite costly as well. Lifestyle Expert and Blogger Sadie Murray from Sadie Says stopped by with some affordable options that are trendy, chic, and won’t leave your wallet empty.
    [VIEW PHOTO GALLERY] It’s Prom season and although shopping for the perfect dress, shoes and accessories can be half the fun, it can also become quite costly as well. Lifestyle Expert and Blogger Sadie Murray from Sadie Says stopped by with some affordable options that are trendy, chic, and won’t leave your wallet empty.
  • Tom Green: I Sit Back And Let Them Go

    Tom Green: I Sit Back And Let Them Go

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:26:27 GMT
    Tom Green is about to begin a third season hosting his talk show, ‘Tom Green Live.’
    Tom Green is about to begin a third season hosting his talk show, ‘Tom Green Live.’
  • Celebrity InterviewsCelebrity InterviewsMore>>

  • Bill Medley: The Time Of My Life

    Bill Medley: The Time Of My Life

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:59:36 GMT
    Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers was here. In his new book ‘Time Of My Life’, Medley talks about his time with Bobby Hatfield and their string of hit songs.
    Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers was here. In his new book ‘Time Of My Life’, Medley talks about his time with Bobby Hatfield and their string of hit songs.
  • Tom Green: I Sit Back And Let Them Go

    Tom Green: I Sit Back And Let Them Go

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:26:27 GMT
    Tom Green is about to begin a third season hosting his talk show, ‘Tom Green Live.’
    Tom Green is about to begin a third season hosting his talk show, ‘Tom Green Live.’
  • Carol Leifer: Lessons From A Life In Comedy

    Carol Leifer: Lessons From A Life In Comedy

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:18:31 GMT
    Our old friend Carol Leifer was with us. Her latest book is called ‘How To Succeed In Business Without Really Crying: Lessons From A Life In Comedy.’
    Our old friend Carol Leifer was with us. Her latest book is called ‘How To Succeed In Business Without Really Crying: Lessons From A Life In Comedy.’
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices