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A First Day Cover for Jimmie Rodgers signed by the Tony Award winning actress
First Day Cover signed: "Debbie Allen", in black ink, 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring the Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers. 13ยข stamp featuring Jimmie Rodgers affixed. Meridian, Mississippi. Debbie Allen (b. 1950) is perhaps best known for her role as Lydia Grant on the TV series, Fame, which she also choreographed. Allen, the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe as well as the Tony, began her show business career on Broadway in the chorus of Purlie. She received critical acclaim for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun and was nominated for a Tony Award for West Side Story (1979). Allen would later win a Tony Award for her performance in the 1986 Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. Beginning in the 1970s, she moved to television, where she guested in various series, starred in the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation and appeared on the special, Ben Vereen-His Roots. Allen's success as a choreographer and actress led to her transition to producing and directing. In 1989, Allen, the first Black woman hired as a prime time television director, co-wrote, produced, directed, choreographed and starred in The Debbie Allen Special for ABC, for which she received Emmy nominations for direction and choreography. Allen also directed the pilot and debut episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and made her debut as a feature film director with Out of Sync. In addition to appearing in feature films, made-for-TV movies and guesting on TV series, Allen has choreographed production numbers for five Academy Awards telecasts and hosted the TV talent search, Fame. She and her sister, actress Phylicia Rashad, also founded their own production company, D.A.D. (Dr. Allen's Daughters). Allen has been married to her second husband, former NBA player Norm Nixon, since 1984. Pencil notes (unknown hand) faintly erased on bottom margin. Corners slightly worn. Ink stamp on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: January 16, 1950 in Houston, Texas

Film Credits
Move (in person), Fame (Other), Fame (Producer), Fame (Sound), 2014 Last of the Showmen (in person), 2014 Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (in person), 2013 The Queen Latifah Show (in person), 2013 The Client List (Director), 2013 Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You (in person), 2013 Let's Stay Together (Performer), 2013 Let's Stay Together (Director), 2013 Good Day L.A. (in person), 2013 Army Wives (Director), 2013 A Star for Rose (Performer), 2013 A Star for Rose (Producer), 2013 2013 Soul Train Awards (in person), 2012 Washington Watch with Roland Martin (in person), 2012 Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf (in person), 2012 Paul Mooney: The Godfather of Comedy (in person), 2012 Celebrity Ghost Stories (in person), 2011-2013 Grey's Anatomy (Performer), 2011 The Wendy Williams Show (in person), 2011 Grace (Performer), 2010-2013 Grey's Anatomy (Director), 2010-2011 Hellcats (Director), 2010 VH1 Rock Docs (in person), 2010 The Mo'Nique Show (in person), 2010 Live from Studio Five (in person), 2010 Hellcats (Other), 2010 Fake It Til You Make It (Performer), 2010 Alex in Wonderland: Rehearsing Wonderland (Producer), 2010 Alex in Wonderland: Interview with Debbie Allen (Producer), 2009-2010 My Parents, My Sister & Me (Producer), 2009-2010 My Parents, My Sister & Me (Director), 2009 The Compass (in person), 2009 Next Day Air (Performer), 2009 Loose Women (in person), 2009 Fame (Performer), 2009 Breakfast (in person), 2009 Black to the Future (in person), 2008-2009 Entertainment Tonight (in person), 2008 The Wonder Kids (in person), 2008 The Game (Director), 2008 Bring Back... Fame (in person), 2007-2013 So You Think You Can Dance (in person), 2007 Tournament of Dreams (Performer), 2007 The 2007 Miss America Pageant (in person), 2006-2009 Everybody Hates Chris (Director), 2006-2007 Everybody Hates Chris (Performer), 2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (Director), 2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (Performer), 2006 Legends Ball (in person), 2006 La imagen de tu vida (Other), 2006 I Was a Network Star (Writer), 2006 I Was a Network Star (in person), 2006 I Was a Network Star (Director), 2005-2008 Girlfriends (Director), 2005 TV Land Confidential (in person), 2005 Mississippi Rising (in person), 2005 Great Performances (Other), 2005 Confessions of an Action Star (in person), 2005 Battle Night: The Krump Wars (in person), 2005 Back to Bel-Air: A Fresh Look (in person), 2005 An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones (in person), 2004-2006 That's So Raven (Director), 2004-2006 That's So Raven (Other), 2004 That's So Raven: Supernaturally Stylish (Director), 2004 An Evening of Stars: 25th Anniversary Tribute to Lou Rawls (in person), 2004 All of Us (Performer), 2004 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the (in person), 2003-2007 All of Us (Director), 2003 The Twilight Zone (Director), 2003 The Parkers (Director), 2003 The Division (Performer), 2003 Essence Awards (in person), 2003 E! True Hollywood Story (in person), 2003 9th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards (in person), 2002 The 4th Annual Family Television Awards (in person), 2002 The 1st 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Award Show Program Special... (in person), 2002 Silent Crisis: Diabetes Among Us (in person), 2002 It's Black Entertainment (in person), 2002 Inside TV Land: Taboo TV (in person), 2002 Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television (in person), 2002 Cool Women (Producer), 2002 Cool Women (Director), 2002 Bill Nye and Debbie Allen Imagine Mars (in person), 2001 The Painting (Producer), 2001 The Painting (Performer), 2001 The Old Settler (Performer), 2001 The Old Settler (Director), 2001 The Old Settler (Producer), 2001 The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (in person), 2001 PBS Hollywood Presents (Producer), 2001 PBS Hollywood Presents (Director), 2001 PBS Hollywood Presents (Performer), 2001 An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence (in person), 2001 All About You (Performer), 2000 The Directors (in person), 2000 Everything's Jake (Performer), 1999 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (in person), 1999 The Making of 'Amistad' (in person), 1999 The 71st Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1999 The 71st Annual Academy Awards (Other), 1999 Stars Over Mississippi (in person), 1999 Michael Jordan: An American Hero (Performer), 1999 Living Positive (in person), 1999 Kirk Franklin: The Nu Nation Tour (Director), 1999 An American Celebration at Ford's Theater (in person), 1998-2001 Intimate Portrait (in person), 1998 The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (in person), 1998 Martin Luther King Special One Day (Producer), 1998 Martin Luther King Special One Day (Director), 1997-1998 The Jamie Foxx Show (Director), 1997 HBO First Look (in person), 1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (Sound), 1997 Cosby (Performer), 1997 Between Brothers (Director), 1997 Amistad (Producer), 1997 3rd Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards (in person), 1997 3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (in person), 1997 28th NAACP Image Awards (in person), 1996 Touched by an Angel (Performer), 1996 Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine (in person), 1996 C-Bear and Jamal (Performer), 1996 C-Bear and Jamal (Other), 1995-1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (Performer), 1995-1996 In the House (Performer), 1995 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (in person), 1995 The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards (in person), 1995 The 67th Annual Academy Awards (Other), 1995 Soul Train's 25th Anniversary (in person), 1995 Out-of-Sync (Director), 1995 Out-of-Sync (Performer), 1995 Michael Jackson: One Night Only (Other), 1995 Forget Paris (Other), 1995 50 Years of Funny Females (in person), 1994 The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic (in person), 1994 The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards (in person), 1994 The Sinbad Show (in person), 1994 The 46th Annual Director's Guild Awards (in person), 1994 The 16th Annual CableACE Awards (in person), 1994 Mona Must Die (Performer), 1994 Blank Check (Performer), 1994 26th NAACP Image Awards (in person), 1993-1994 The Sinbad Show (Director), 1993 The 65th Annual Academy Awards (Other), 1993 The 1th Annual Minority Motion Picture Awards (in person), 1993 The 14th Annual American Black Achievement Awards (in person), 1993 Soul Train Comedy Awards (in person), 1993 Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms (Director), 1993 John & Leeza from Hollywood (in person), 1993 Hollywood Women (in person), 1992 The Boys (Producer), 1992 The Boys (Director), 1992 Stompin' at the Savoy (Director), 1992 Stompin' at the Savoy (Performer), 1992 A Different World (in person), 1991-1993 Quantum Leap (Director), 1991 The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (in person), 1991 Sunday in Paris (Producer), 1991 Sunday in Paris (Performer), 1991 Quantum Leap (Performer), 1991 Quantum Leap (Other), 1991 A Different World (Performer), 1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Director), 1990 The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards (in person), 1990 Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood (in person), 1990 Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration (in person), 1990 Rapmania: The Roots of Rap (in person), 1990 Polly: Comin' Home! (Director), 1990 Polly: Comin' Home! (Other), 1990 Motown 30: What's Goin' On! (in person), 1990 Motown 30: What's Goin' On! (Other), 1990 Great Performances (in person), 1990 22nd NAACP Image Awards (in person), 1989-1994 The Arsenio Hall Show (in person), 1989 The Pat Sajak Show (in person), 1989 The Debbie Allen Special (in person), 1989 The Debbie Allen Special (Director), 1989 The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (in person), 1989 Soul Train (in person), 1989 Polly (Director), 1989 Polly (Other), 1989 Later with Bob Costas (in person), 1989 All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (in person), 1988-1993 A Different World (Producer), 1988-1993 A Different World (Other), 1988-1993 A Different World (Director), 1988 The Cosby Show (Performer), 1987-1988 Family Ties (Director), 1987 The Bronx Zoo (Director), 1987 The 8th Annual Black Achievement Awards (in person), 1987 Superstars and Their Moms (in person), 1987 Square One TV (in person), 1987 Las Vegas: An All-Star 75th Anniversary (in person), 1987 Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood (in person), 1987 Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show (in person), 1987 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards (in person), 1986 The 40th Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1986 NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration (in person), 1986 Liberty Weekend (in person), 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (Performer), 1986 Fame (Art), 1986 Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (Sound), 1986 An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (in person), 1985-1989 Ebony/Jet Showcase (in person), 1985 The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly (in person), 1985 The 57th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1985 The 27th Annual Grammy Awards (in person), 1985 Night of 100 Stars II (in person), 1985 Motown Returns to the Apollo (in person), 1985 Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration (in person), 1984-1987 Fame (Director), 1984 The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team (in person), 1984 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (in person), 1984 The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards (in person), 1984 The 36th Annual Emmy Awards (in person), 1984 The 11th Annual American Music Awards (in person), 1984 Star Search (in person), 1984 Celebrity (Performer), 1984 Bagets (Sound), 1984 A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. (in person), 1983-1984 Fame (in person), 1983 Women of San Quentin (Performer), 1983 The Best of Everything (in person), 1983 The 4th Annual Black Achievement Awards (in person), 1983 The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards (in person), 1983 The 35th Annual Emmy Awards (in person), 1983 Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night (in person), 1983 Parade of Stars (Performer), 1983 Lou Rawls Parade of Stars (in person), 1982-1987 Fame (Performer), 1982 The 54th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1982 The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards (in person), 1982 The 34th Annual Emmy Awards (in person), 1982 The 34th Annual Emmy Awards (Other), 1982 Taxi (Other), 1982 Battle of the Network Stars XIII (in person), 1982 Battle of the Network Stars XII (in person), 1982 Alice at the Palace (Performer), 1981 Ragtime (Performer), 1980 The 34th Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1980 Fame (Performer), 1979-1983 The Love Boat (Performer), 1979 The Hollywood Squares (in person), 1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (Performer), 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (Performer), 1979 Ebony, Ivory and Jade (Performer), 1978 The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots (in person), 1977 The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (Performer), 1977 Soul Alive (in person), 1977 Dancing in the Wings (Performer), 1977 3 Girls 3 (in person), 1976 Good Times (Performer), 1975 Black Journal (in person)

Theatre Credits
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Director (March 6, 2008 - June 22, 2008), Carrie - Choreography (May 12, 1988 - May 15, 1988), Sweet Charity - Performer (April 27, 1986 - March 15, 1987), West Side Story - Performer (March 14, 1980 - November 30, 1980), Ain't Misbehavin' - Performer (May 9, 1978 - March 21, 1982), Truckload - Performer (emNever Officially Opened - September 11, 1975), Raisin - Performer (October 18, 1973 - December 7, 1975), Purlie - Performer (March 15, 1970 - November 6, 1971)

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