and raised in the San Francisco-Bay Area, Ms. de Coudreaux showed
an early aptitude for music and dancing. However, having attained
her present height of six feet in her mid-teens, she changed her
career objectives. Abandoning her dreams of showbiz, she turned
her energies toward studies in pre-law. She attended the University
of California in Los Angeles and received her B.A. in Political
Science. She was preparing to enter Law School when a friend told
her about auditions in Las Vegas for tall dancers. She attended
the audition, was hired on the spot and has not looked back since.
working at MGM Grand Hotel-Las Vegas, she came to the attention
of the legendary producer/director Donn
Arden. With his encouragement and direction, she advanced
from the dancing chorus to principal singer in his new show Jubilee.
It was during a holiday in Europe that her fortunes took a turn
for the better. She
was informed that the Moulin
Rouge was looking for a new star. Ms. de Coudreaux auditioned
and again, was signed on the spot to star in the Moulin's new
show scheduled toopen the following year. Using the interval to
learn French, Debbie performed in Vive les Girls and For Ladies
Only at the Loews Hotel in Monte Carlo before taking up the reins
at the Moulin Rouge where she performed in Frenesie, Femmes-Femmes-Femmes
and finally, Formidable which was created around her talents.
During her European career, Debbie appeared frequently on television.
Some of her credits included: Michel Drucker's "Champs Elysees",
Jacques Martin, Les Uns et les Autres, Patrick Sabatier (France),
the award-winning Gino Bramieri Show for three seasons (Italy),
Essence-The Program, The Today Show with Bryant Gumbel, Entertainment
Tonight (USA), also The Wogan Show (England), Kenny, Live! (Ireland)
and the Gala of the Century filmed at the Moulin Rouge with such
stellar personalities as Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Jerry Lewis,
Anita Baker, Charles Aznavour and Lauren Bacall.
Debbie also appeared in two Robert Altman movies, Beyond Therapy
and Aria, has performed at the American Embassy and the Ministere
de la Culture in Paris. She co-hosted a radio show, Europe 1,
recorded an award-winning soundtrack to the show Formidable, performed
before the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Queen of England,
Princess Caroline and Prince Rainier of Monaco, then Vice President
Bush, the Russian Cosmonauts, Dustin Hoffman, Patty Lupone, Peter
Ustinov, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, The Artist Formerly Known
As[ and Once Again Known As] "Prince", Mick Jagger to
mention just a few.
to the United States to audition for Tommy Tune, Debbie was cast
in a leading role as Raffaela in the international tour of Mr.
Tune's Tony-winning Grand Hotel. She went on to perform the role
on Broadway and later recreated the role in London. True to her
hard working tradition, Debbie used her vacation time from the
show to star in a salute to the 20th Anniversary of Disney World.
In 1994, Debbie was given a scholarship to participate in the
Euguene O'Neil Cabaret Symposium. She was nominated for a Manhattan
Association of Cabarets (MAC) Award in 1996. She was most recently
seen on Broadway performing the role of Julie in Hal Prince's
Tony award winning production of Show Boat. She went on to play
the role in the First National Tour. One of her most challenging
roles was that of Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha for the
West Virginia Public Theater.
's debut CD Have A Little Paris
On Me came out in April, 2003.
recently moved home to the San Francisco/Bay Area, Debbie has
already begun to make a name for herself, appearing at Mecca,
Jazz at Pearl's and a critically-acclaimed engagement at The Empire
Plush Room. She completed a sold-out 6-week engagement as the
star of San Francisco's wildly popular "Teatro Zinzanni"
and a 3-month engagement in Seattle's "Teatro Zinzanni"
playing the role of Cleopatra. Most recently, she participated
in Sheryl Lee Ralph's 15th Annual "Divas Simply Singing"
benefit in Los Angeles and was a soloist with the Oakland East
Bay Symphony's production of Handel's "The Messiah".