Magazine article Variety

It's a Little Crazy, but What a Great Life

Magazine article Variety

It's a Little Crazy, but What a Great Life

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Debbie Allen rose to fame with "Fame," serving as a director, producer and choreographer. She was also the first black woman to be Emmy-nominated in the dramatic lead actress category. More than three decades later, she has a recurring role on "Grey's Anatomy," and is a frequent director - and now exec producer of the show. "It's a little crazy, but what a great life," Allen tells Variety. "I'm like a cat on a hot tin roof that somehow landed on all fours." ELIZABETH WAGMEiSTER

How do you balance acting In an episode that you're also directing and producing?

It's actually how I started on 'Fame.' I trained in acting, literature and theater, so talking to actors is something I'm really used to doing. That gives me a little bit of an edge sometimes. …

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