Deborrah Kaye "Debbie" Allen is an American actress, dancer, choreographer, director, producer and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She is 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 currently portrays Catherine Avery on Grey's Anatomy. She is the younger sister of actress/director/singer Phylicia Rashad.
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 received a second Tony Award nomination in 1986 for her performance in the title role of Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity.
Over the years she has executed many outstanding roles, but some of her greatest achievements were behind the scenes. She was the producer/director for the hit show A Different World which ran for six seasons. For her contributions to the television industry, Debbie Allen was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Debbie Allen is truly a Legendary Woman In History!