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August 08, 2020

Debbie Allen Gives Fans a Blast from the past by Sharing a Magazine Cover Featuring Her & Husband Norman Nixon

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Debbie Allen has shared a sweet throwback showing herself and her husband on the cover of Jet magazine as they celebrate Black love. 

Debbie Allen made a name for herself in the '80s and she just shared a sweet throwback showing herself and her husband taken in 1989. 

The photo of Allen and Norm Nixon was taken for the cover of Jet magazine as they celebrated their love. 

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Allen and her husband have been married for 36 years and the couple shares two children, Vivian Nixon and Norman Ellard Nixon Jr.  Nixon also has a son from a previous marriage, DeVaughn Nixon. 

Despite their long marriage, the romance still seems strong between the pair, with the recent post showing that. Allen captioned the photo:

"Norm and I on the cover of #JET in 1989. ? #BlackLove #TBT."

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Allen, who is a choreographer, director, and dancer, first made a name for herself when she appeared in a Broadway revival of "West Side Story," soon followed by her iconic role in the dance movie "Fame."

After the success of the movie, Allen co-starred in the TV spin-off which landed her three Emmy Awards for choreography. In 2001, she opened the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

After learning about her career, Rhimes knew she had to get Allen to direct "Grey's Anatomy."

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Allen quickly became one of the most respected directors in television, going on to direct shows that include, "Girlfriends," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and "Jane the Virgin."

She soon caught the attention of Shonda Rhimes who met her when she took her daughter to Allen's dance academy for lessons. After learning about her career, Rhimes knew she had to get Allen to direct "Grey's Anatomy." She said:

"She works really hard—and you always want to rise to meet that—but she also loves what she does, and that love oozes from her pores. She brought that joy and that love to work every day."

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Allen joined the hit medical drama for its twelfth season as executive producer, with the producer deciding to have a female director for at least half of the episodes in the season. 

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One of those was Ellen Pompeo and Krista Vernoff, who described working with Allen by saying that she had never felt as safe or mentored in her life. 

In addition to numerous awards, Allen has received several honors for her work, including an honorary doctorate from North Carolina School of the Arts, an institution that had previously rejected her. 

The star also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television, and now has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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