Born in Dunn, N.C., Debbi Morgan was raised in the South Bronx of New York City. Her early love of performing found an outlet in High School where she landed the role of “Puck” in a musical version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Encouraged by off-Broadway producer Jim Mendenhall, Morgan appeared in several commercials before joining the New Federal Theatre Company. Her theatrical career includes roles in the Broadway hit “What the Wine Sellers Buy”, off-Broadway production of “Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?” and Los Angeles productions of “My Sister, My Sister” and “Once in a Wifetime”.
Ms. Morgan’s career over the past thirty years has shown how diverse her body of work has been by the numerous colorful and deeply captivating roles she’s portrayed. In the controversial film, “Color of The Cross” Morgan portrayed “Mary”, the Mother of Jesus. She co-starred in the provoking film, “Woman Thou Art Loosed” along with Kimberly Elise, Loretta Divine, and the Reverend TD Jakes. She appeared opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the feature film “Coach Carter”, and “Back in the Day” alongside Ving Rhames and Ja Rule. Debbi’s other film work includes the popular New Line Cinema basketball drama “Love and Basketball”, where she played “Nona McCall” opposite Omar Epps and Dennis Haysbert. Morgan also starred opposite Denzel Washington in Norman Jewison’s “The Hurricane”, which won her a Best Actress nomination for a NAACP Image Award.
However, it was in Kasi Lemmons’ critically acclaimed feature “Eve’s Bayou” that Debbi made her unforgettable big screen debut. Her performance garnered her an Independent Film Project Spirit Award and a Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Best Supporting Actress nominations from the NAACP Image Awards and the Golden Satellite Awards.
Morgan has worked extensively in primetime with appearances in the CBS movie of the week “The Runaway” and the classic “Roots: The Next Generation”. Fans were delighted to find Ms. Morgan back as a weekly staple when she starred with Lea Thompson in the Lifetime series “For the People”. Following that Morgan worked with famed directors Albert and Allen Hughes on the USA pilot “Touching Evil”.
Other notable primetime appearances included guest-star roles on “Ghost Whisperer”, Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine” and “Any Day Now”, David E. Kelley’s “Boston Public”, in a role which crossed over to Kelley’s other hit show for ABC “The Practice”, and she recurred as Darrin DeWitt Henson’s ne’er- do-well mother on Showtime’s popular family drama “Soulfood”, for which she won a NAACP Image Award, and dazzled audiences when she also recurred as the mystical “Seer” on the WB supernatural drama “Charmed”.
But it was in the role of “Angie Hubbard” on the popular daytime drama “All My Children”, which catapulted Morgan into public consciousness in 1989, where she became the first and only thus far, African American actress to win an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress. In December 2007, Debbi returned to “All My Children”, in the role of “Angie” exciting her fans once again, and giving ABC a huge ratings boost. In 2009, Debbi received her third Emmy nomination, this time for Best Actress. But one of the biggest highlights of her 2009 Award Season was receiving the prestigious Gracie Award which, honors exemplary contributions
made by women in the media.
“All My Children” finally came to an end after 41 years on the air. This ended the reign of Debbi Morgan’s beloved character, “Angie ”. But never too idle, Debbi then stepped into a new pair of shoes on the number one daytime drama, “The Young & The Restless” portraying one time crack addict and neglectful mother, “Harmony”. She was delighted to stretch her acting chops in a role that couldn’t be further away from “earth mother”, “Angie”. Debbi brought much heart and creativity to this new role, but her tenure on Y & R was short lived and came to a quite timely end. Because of the huge out cry of fans “All My Children” made a historical jump to be produced as a web series, and Debbi Morgan has once again excited viewers by bringing back the beloved character of “Angie Hubbard”. Because of the huge success and the number one rating on both Hulu and Itunes, Oprah Winfrey’s Own Network has also began airing the first forty shows of the new online “All My Children” throughout the summer.
It’s been a long journey, but Morgan will be looking forward to the release of her personal memoir, “The Monkey on My Back!” which she began writing more than seven years ago. But up first is her one woman show which, Debbi Morgan has also written with excerpts based upon her memoir of the same title. And the actress’s production company, Dam Entertainment is working in conjunction with Goldline Productions to bring to reality TV “All About The Benjamin’s”, a family’s arduous but loving and heartfelt journey in dealing with two young adult sons, one with Autism, and the other with Asperger’s syndrome.
Debbi Morgan still proves that she is a multi-talented actress that is a force to be reckoned with.