Allen is an award-winning producer, actress, choreographer, and director. She produced the film AMISTAD directed by Steven Spielberg, and the television show A DIFFERENT WORLD. Her many acting credits include the films JO JO DANCER, YOUR LIFE IS CALLING and Milos Forman's RAGTIME and the television series FAME. She is married to former L.A. Laker Norm Nixon and they have two children. Phylicia Rashad of THE BILL COSBY SHOW is her sister.