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Filmography[]

As herself[]

Acting credits[]

Director[]

Producer[]

Major awards and nominations[]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
1982 34th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Fame (1982)
For episode "Come One, Come All"
Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Fame (1982)
For playing: "Lydia Grant"
Nominated
Golden Apple Awards Female Discovery of the Year Won
1983 40th Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Fame (1982) Won
35th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Fame (1982)
For episode "Class Act"
Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Fame (1982)
For playing: "Lydia Grant"
Nominated
1984 41st Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Fame (1982) Nominated
36th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Fame (1982)
For episode "Fame Takes a Look at Music '83"
Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Fame (1982)
For playing "Lydia Grant"
Nominated
Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Live... And in Person
For episode #1.1
Nominated
1985 42nd Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Fame (1982) Nominated
37th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Fame (1982)
For episode "The Rivalry"
Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics Motown Returns to the Apollo (with Earl Brown) Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Fame (1982)
For playing: "Lydia Grant"
Nominated
1986 38th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Nominated
1989 41st Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography The Debbie Allen Special (1989) Nominated
Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program The Debbie Allen Special (1989) Nominated
1990 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Polly (1989) Nominated
1991 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Motown 30: What's Goin' On! (1990)
For the dance number "African American Odyssey"
Won
1992 44th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography 64th Academy Awards Nominated
1993 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Choreography in Film or Television 65th Academy Awards Won
45th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography 65th Academy Awards Nominated
1995 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Choreography in Film or Television 65th Academy Awards Won
47th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography 67th Academy Awards Nominated
1998 2nd Golden Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture, Drama Amistad (1997) (with Steven Spielberg and Colin Wilson) Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards 1998 Theatrical Motion Pictures Amistad (1997) (with Steven Spielberg and Colin Wilson) Won
Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Amistad (1997) (with Steven Spielberg and Colin Wilson) Nominated
1999 51st Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography 71st Academy Awards Nominated
2001 28th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Directing Cool Women (2002) Nominated
2005 BET Awards 2005 Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series All of Us (2003) (with Alfonso Ribeiro) Nominated
2014 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy (2005) Nominated
2018 Industry Dance Awards Lifetime Achievement Award Won

Endorsements[]

Year Work Notes
2003 Dancing in the Wings Author. Fiction book
2006-present Movement Magazine Regular columnist since 2006
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