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Also Known As: Deborah Lynn Yates Died:
Born: June 5, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: actor, dancer, waitress

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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.Moving from the Rockettes to The Girl in the Yellow Dress was a stretch for Yates, who...

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.

Moving from the Rockettes to The Girl in the Yellow Dress was a stretch for Yates, who went from being a part of an ensemble wherein uniformity is the utmost concern to basically demanding attention and stealing the show to be appropriately in character. Between these two stints, she had a featured role in the failed Broadway revue "Dream: A Johnny Mercer Musical" (1997) and also counted among her credits performances in the 1996 City Center's Encores! staging of "Ziegfeld Follies of 1936" and a regional Texas production of "The Will Rogers Follies." On the small screen, Yates could be seen in the syndicated anthology series "Ghost Stories" (1997). Although she has additionally appeared in some small independent film projects, judging by her triumphant Tony-nominated performance in "Contact," Yates was likely to remain a noted name on the Broadway stage.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Deception (2008)
2.
 Shall We Dance (2004)
4.
 National Treasure (2004) Rebecca
5.
 Warning: Parental Advisory (2002) Pamela Stone
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1996:
Appeared in the "Ziegfeld Follies of 1936" production of City Center's Encores! series
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Joined a modern dance company in Chicago
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Began dancing at age five
1994:
Moved to NYC
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Raised in Jacksonville, Texas
1997:
Was a featured dancer in the ensemble of the Broadway revue "Dream: The Johnny Mercer Musical"
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Acted in a Texas production of "The Will Rogers Follies"
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Moved from Jacksonville to Austin, Texas at age 16
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:
Acted in an episode of the syndicated series "Ghost Stories"
1994:
Danced with Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes
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Got her Actors' Equity card for a stint performing on a cruise ship
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Education

Southern Methodist University: Dallas, Texas -

Notes

"I have to say I am on cloud nine. To be able to dance this rich and wonderful choreography on a New York stage is a dream come true." --Deborah Yates on "Contact", quoted in the New York Post, October 12, 1999

"The fuss is all about The Girl in the Yellow Dress. It has been a seminal moment for me--years and years of training and all of a sudden you cross over. That's not to say I won't go back to struggling, and I may have to wait tables again. But now people know who I am." --quoted in The New York Times, March 5, 2000

On the impact playing The Girl in the Yellow Dress has had on her offstage fashion choices: "I never wore yellow before. I always avoided it like the plague. Who knew? Thanks to William Ivey Long, everything I wear is yellow these days" --Yates to Broadway.com, May 12, 2000

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companion:
John Mattey. Actor. Dated from c. 1998 to c. 2000.
companion:
Michael Bolton. Singer. Reportedly dating as of 2001.

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