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'Grey's Anatomy': Debbie Allen to Guest Star, Direct

The former "Fame" star will play Jackson's mother as well as direct an episode of the ABC drama's upcoming eighth season.

Debbie Allen
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Grey’s Anatomy has more work for Debbie Allen.

The ABC medical drama has booked the former Fame star to play Jackson’s (Jesse Williams) mother, Catherine Avery, in the fifth episode of the upcoming season, as first reported by EW.

Allen, who has directed three installments of Grey’s under her belt, will also helm a midseason episode of the series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Allen famously played Lydia Grant on the 1980s series Fame, which was based on the 1980 film, and also had a role in the 2009 feature adaptation.

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More recently, she has been a prolific director, stepping behind the camera of such series as Hellcats, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends and All of Us, among others.

Grey’s Anatomy returns for its eighth season on Thursday, Sept. 22 on ABC.

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