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Debbie Allen's show business career began in ballet, then she worked in Broadway shows as a dancer, before adding acting and choreography to her list of achievements.

She is a tireless worker, a real pro, and though Fame is very hard, time-consuming work, Debbie wants to work in yet more varied fields. “This business moves so fast, you have to initiate,” she says. “You have to always be looking ahead, taking advantage of your current success and planning for the future.”

To this end Debbie masterminded the Fame stage show that toured extensively in Europe, appeared with Johnny Mathis in New York - and she's developing several scripts, one of which she wrote herself. She has also appeared in the TV movie Women of San Quentin, and has signed a recording contract.

Debbie thanks Fame for all this: “None of this would have been possible without my being on Fame. The series has been good to me, and I really hope that ‘we're gonna live forever'. Actually, I think the series can go on forever. It's a good show, a realistic show, with good production values. I think it's been such an international success because it deals with young people growing up. And that's universal, whatever language is spoken.”


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