Debbie Allen Net Worth

December 22, 2023
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Deborrah Kaye Allen was born on 16 January 1950, in Houston, Texas, USA, and is a dancer, choreographer, actress, television producer and director, who probably gained worldwide recognition for her role in television series ‘Fame’ from 1982-87, and the subsequent film released in 2009. She is also on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

So just how rich is Debbie Allen? Authoritative sources estimate that Debbie Allen’s net worth has reached over $3 million as of mid-2016, accumulated during a career in the entertainment industry now spanning more than 40 years.


Debbie Allen Net Worth $3 Million


Debbie’s mother, Vivian (nee Ayers) was a poet and worked as a director in the art museum, whereas her father, Andrew Arthur Allen Jr., worked as an orthodontist. Debbie graduated with a BA degree in classical Greek literature, speech, and theater from Howard University, and then earned Doctorates from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Howard University.

In 1980, Debbie Allen attracted the attention of critics who nominated Debbie with a Tony Award and gave her a Drama Desk Award for her role in the Broadway musical ‘West Side Story’. Another Tony Award nomination which has also helped increase Debbie Allen’s net worth she received for her role in the musical ‘Sweet Charity’. In 1980, Allen had a support role on the big screen in the film ‘Fame’ directed by Alan Parker, but as the film was developed into the television series, the role of Lydia grew into a leading one. Her net worth was already well established.

Debbie’s net worth rose after she won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 1982 and 1983 and the Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress in Television Series Musical or Comedy for her role in television series ‘Fame’. In addition to this Allen has added to her net worth appearing in the films ‘Blank Check’ directed by Rupert Wainwright, ‘Ragtime’ directed by Miloš Forman, ‘Next Day Air’ directed by Benny Boom, ‘The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh’ directed by Gilbert Moses and ‘Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling’ directed by Richard Pryor. Moreover, she appeared in television series such as ‘The Cosby Show’ as Emma, ‘Roots: The Next Generations’ as Nan, ‘In The House’ as Jackie Warren, ‘Good Times’ in the role of J.J.’s Junkie Fiancée, ‘Quantum Leap’ in the role of Joanna Chapman, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in the role of Catherine Avery. Her net worth continued to rise, and also as a guest judge in a number of the reality competition shows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.

Debbie Allen has further increased her net worth as a director of the sitcoms ‘Girlfriends’, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’, ‘All of Us’, ‘That’s So Raven’, ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’, ‘A Different World’, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ‘Family Ties’ and ‘The Parkers’.

Additionally, Allen has directed the films ‘Life Is Not a Fairy Tale’, ‘Polly’, ‘Out-of-Sync’, and other television series ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Hellcats’, ‘Army Wives’, ‘The Client List’, ‘Let’s Stay Together’, ‘Scandal’.

Debbie has also worked as a column writer for ‘Movement’ magazine since 2006. Currently she is concentrating more on choreography and teaching dance.

In her personal life, Debbie Allen has married twice, firstly to Win Wilford from 1975 to 1983,  and since 1984, to Norm Nixon.

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