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Debbie Morgan is an African-American actress born September 20, 1956 in Dunn, North Carolina. She had a small family while she was growing up. Her father George Morgan worked as a butcher. Her mother, Lora Morgan worked as a teacher. She had a younger sister named Terry. Her parents had middle class jobs but they were in stark contrast to each other. While her mom was at school teaching students through education, her father was at a shop butchering animals. They did all they could though to raise Debbie and her sister. When Deborah was only 3 months old, her family moved to New York City. In 1964, her father died and her mother Lora Morgan had to raise two daughters alone.

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Raising two daughters was difficult for the single African-American mother. Things were already tough for black people in the 1960s. Being a single person would have been a hard task in itself. Having to raise kids on top of it made life a challenge. Lora was able to fight through the hard times so that she could be a role model for her two young girls.

Attending a parochial school, Debbie was interested in acting and starred in the musical "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Getting over her father’s death through acting was a good starting point for Debbie. Many African-American kids had to grow up without a father. Usually it was because oak tragedy or the father abandoned the family. Debbie used the loss as motivation to succeed in life. When she was 15, Morgan was involved in the shooting of a film called Cry Uncle, where she played Olga Winter. Her first major film role in the movie industry was in the film Mandingo (1975). Mandingo was a landmark film because it portrayed the black man as a dominant sexual creature. Hollywood had not been used to the image yet and it was seen as controversial. The public was not ready for the film and it is still considered to be a taboo film to this day.

After appearing in Mandingo, Debbie followed up her movie career with a long string of roles in films and television series like: Amazing Grace (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Monkey Hu$tle (1976), Good Times (1976), What's Happening!! (1976-1977), The Love Boat (1978), Roots: The Next Generations (1979).

However, her most successful role was in the TV series All My Children, where she played Angie Baxter Hubbard. During her 12 years of staring in this soap opera, Debbi Morgan has received not only the love of the huge number of viewers, but also numerous awards for her excellent performances. In 1989, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (the same award in 1989 received the Nancy Lee Grahn for her role in the famous soup opera Santa Barbara); in 2009 shoe won Gracie Award; and twice (in 2009 and 2010) she won NAACP Image Award. The NAACP award was a huge honor for her because she was a proud black woman in the entertainment industry.


Quick Facts
Birth Date: 9 Jun, 1960
Age: 59 yrs
Occupations: Journalist
Biographer
Blogger
Citizenship: Canada
Birth Place: Hamilton
Education: University of Toronto
Boston University College of Communication
Gender: Male
Description: Journalist, author, documentary producer, television host
Twitter Id: SPaikin
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Last Modified: Jun 22 2020
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