It’s always a pleasure to report news about our living legends. Sunday night, Debbie Allen was honored for her contributions on and off the television screen at the first TV Land Icon Awards alongside John Stamos (recipient of the Timeless Icon Award) and Norman Lear (recipient of the Impact Icon Award). The TV Land Icon Awards celebrates those that have changed the face of television.
Debbie Allen was presented the Trailblazer Icon Award by her Grey’s Anatomy co-star, Ellen Pompeo, and recognized not only for her strides in entertainment, but also for her charitable work bringing the arts to schools.
“From the very start of her career on Broadway, she has followed her passions, chased her dreams and never let a ‘no’ get in her way.” – Ellen Pompeo
Allen, started her career as a dancer, choreographer and Broadway actress and became a household name in the 1980’s as the star of Fame. She is the founder of Los Angeles-based Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) with her husband, Norm Nixon. In addition to her work with DADA, Allen has also increased her involvement on the Shondaland medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, and is currently serving as executive producer/director on the hit show. In 2010, Allen directed three episodes of Grey’s which lead to a recurring role. She then went on to direct four more episodes of Grey’s and also directed episodes of Scandal and How To Get Away with Murder, Empire, CW’s Jane the Virgin, and an episode of the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse.
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In addition to Allen, producer Ryan Murphy won a prize for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, Jim Parsons won a favorite TV character prize for The Big Bang Theory, and comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele were given a prize for their breakout show Key & Peele.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much I feel in this moment. Thank you to everyone who helped me get where I am. Thank you to Fame for letting me become this director, producer, choreographer and actress who traveled the world with these wonderful children. I know we were the grandmother of Glee.” – Debbie Allen
The TV Land Icon Awards air at 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 on TV Land. Check out a small clip of the legendary Debbie Allen in a Fame solo dance sequence in the video below. Congratulations to the amazing Debbie Allen!