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Debbie Allen to Speak at Virtual Opening Day Luncheon at the Ebell of Los Angeles

This Saturday morning at 11:15 a.m., award-wining actress, choreographer, producer/director Debbie Allen will address members of the Ebell of Los Angeles, and their guests, in the historic club’s first ever virtual Opening Day.

“Though we never closed our programming this summer, nor are we able to physically open our club doors, we will celebrate the start of a brand new club season with “Opening Day”, as is our tradition,” Phyllis Hansen, Ebell Director of Programming and event co-chair told the Buzz.  “We are delighted that, albeit virtually, to do the honors in true celebrity fashion is actor/choreographer/executive producer/director Debbie Allen.”

Fans may have seen Allen’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, watched her in her starring role in the hit movie and TV series Fame, and applauded as she gathered all those famous statues, the Golden Globe, three Emmys and then ten Image Awards. Allen also choreographed the Academy Awards ten times, directing many of the Hollywood legends.

“The story of Allen’s career, the hurdles as well as the successes, is much more than the “stuff of legend,” and we are so honored that Allen has taken time from her busy schedule to share the inspiring details about breaking barriers as she takes a break from serving as Executive Producer, Director and actor for Grey’s Anatomy,” said Hansen.

“Given the world changing events that we are experiencing, Debbie addressing our membership on our Opening Day Luncheon is even more relevant and of great importance than ever. Her work for racial equality speaks volumes and we are thrilled to hear her thoughts on what is happening and what she feels should happen as we go forward,” event co-chair and Ridgewood-Wilton resident Beate Kessler told the Buzz. Kessler’s daughters have both attended Allen’s Dance Academy and has known Allen for many years.

The program is free and open to the public, though donations to the Ebell’s Emergency Fund are most welcome and deeply appreciated. The club has been shuttered since the pandemic forced city officials to issue stay at home orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The club relies on event rentals to cover its operating costs since membership dues are purposely kept reasonable (around $250 annually) so interested women in the city can join the Ebell. Members and supporters of the club have generously donated nearly $80,000 since the fund was started in late March. Information on membership can be found on their website at

Event Details:
Ebell Opening Day with Debbie Allen
Saturday, September 26, 2020
11:15 am on ZOOM
Register in advance here.

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