Born in New York City, Jonelle Allen grew up in Harlem's Sugar Hill. She made her Broadway debut at the age of six in The Wisteria Trees, Joshua Logan's Americanized adaptation of The Cherry Orchard starring the legendary Helen hays. As a child she also made regular appearances on a local children's television series, The Merry Mailman hosted by Ray Heatherton.
Miss Allen received critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination for Two Gentlemen of Verona, which earned her New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance. Despite her success, it proved to be her last Broadway appearance to date.
Allen's film credits include Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Hotel New Hampshire and The River Niger, for which she won an NAACP Image Award. Other televsions appearances include Barney Miller, The Love Boat, All in the Family, Trapper John,M.D., Hill Street Blues, Cagney and Lacey, ER and Girlfriends.
Allen appeared as the legendary Harlem Jazz Queen Florence Mills in Harlem Renaissance at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Jonelle Allen is currently a professor at Saddleback College, head of The New Works Projects, writing and directing new projects and Miss Allen has several upcoming projects.
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