Debbie Allen

Character name: Lydia Grant (movie and TV) Where she is now: Allen stars as Principal Angela Simms in the new feature update of "Fame." (Will she speak Lydia's immortal words in the film? "You've got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying ... in sweat.") Since her "Fame" days, Allen produced the series "A Different World" and the Steven Spielberg film " Amistad," directed episodic television and notably choreographed numbers for the Academy Awards for several years.
Getty Images
Copyright © 2018, Los Angeles Times
EDITION: California | U.S. & World