Deborah Yates

Dancer, Actor, Waitress
A tall, lithe blonde dancer and actor, Texas native Deborah Yates landed a job as a Rockette upon moving to NYC in 1994 and made her breakthrough five years later as a character simply referred to as 'The Girl in the ... Read more »
Born: 06/04/1970 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (5)

Deception 2008 (Movie)

Tango Dancer (Actor)

National Treasure 2004 (Movie)

Rebecca (Actor)

Shall We Dance? 2004 (Movie)

Winking Dancer (Actor)

Warning: Parental Advisory (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A tall, lithe blonde dancer and actor, Texas native Deborah Yates landed a job as a Rockette upon moving to NYC in 1994 and made her breakthrough five years later as a character simply referred to as 'The Girl in the Yellow Dress' in the Broadway production "Contact". With a singularly attractive stage presence that has all the personality her character name lacks, Yates' Girl strikes a powerful pose in the final and lengthiest segment of the trio of dance-infused plays that make up the Broadway show. Outfitted in a short wispy garment, with her wavy blonde hair fixed in an upswept style, she is the belle of the modern dance ball, a beauty that everyone wants to dance with but for some reason she has her eye on an awkward, suicidal ad exec (Boyd Gaines). Yates shone in the role, proving not only her remarkable dance abilities, but a heretofore unseen acting talent, holding her own alongside two-time Tony-winner Gaines. Yates' fierce poise and icy allure led Ben Brantley of The New York Times to refer to the ingenue as "a razor-edged Grace Kelly", and her agile but resolute performance captured many a theatergoer.

Relationships

Michael Bolton

Companion
reportedly dating as of 2001

John Mattey

Companion
dated from c. 1998 to c. 2000

EDUCATION

Southern Methodist University

Dallas , Texas
spent junior year abroad

Milestones

1999

Starred as The Girl in the Yellow Dress in the hit Broadway dance play "Contact"; nominated for a Tony as Featured Actress in a Musical

1997

Was a featured dancer in the ensemble of the Broadway revue "Dream: The Johnny Mercer Musical"

1997

Acted in an episode of the syndicated series "Ghost Stories"

1996

Appeared in the "Ziegfeld Follies of 1936" production of City Center's Encores! series

1994

Moved to NYC

1994

Danced with Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes

Raised in Jacksonville, Texas

Got her Actors' Equity card for a stint performing on a cruise ship

Joined a modern dance company in Chicago

Acted in a Texas production of "The Will Rogers Follies"

Began dancing at age five

Moved from Jacksonville to Austin, Texas at age 16

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