Jonelle Allen


The NBC soap was the first to feature a Black family from its debut.


Her most notable roles are Lucinda Cavender, the vampire witch in the horror comedy film The Midnight Hour and the flamboyant and outspoken Doreen Jackson on the NBC soap opera, Generations.

“The thing with Generations was that even before we aired people were saying we were canceled!  I went and talked to the NAACP to try and have them give us a special award or acknowledgment because at that time the IMAGE Awards did not recognize daytime programming…

Kristoff St John and Jonelle Allen.

However, now Daytime TV is recognized by the IMAGE Awards (I believe) and I hope that Generations helped in making that change. I know that it gave larger storylines of color, as opposed to the three or four actors that were represented before. The wonderful late Judi Ann Mason and the award-winning writer Michele Val Jean were a part of that creative team.  Although in fairness All My Children  had wonderful storylines for us before Generations.” 


GENERATIONS ~ The Original Cast

Vivica A. Fox (Maya Reubens), Tony Addabbo (Jason Craig),
Jonelle Allen (Doreen Jackson), Jack Betts (Hugh Gardner),
Taurean Blacque (Henry Marshall), Sharon Brown (Chantal Marshall),
Patricia Crowley (Rebecca Whitmore),George DelHoyo (Rob Donnelly),
Rick Fitts (Martin Jackson), Lynn Hamilton (Vivian Potter),
Andrew Masset (Trevor McCallum), Joan Pringle (Ruth Marshall),
Gail Ramsey (Laura McCallum), Barbara Rhoades (Jessica Gardner),
Kelly Rutherford (Stephanie “Sam” Whitmore), Nancy Sorel (Monique McCallum),
Kristoff St. John (Adam Marshall), Robert Torti (Lt. Kyle Masters)
“The show was a trendsetter! We have to look at the full picture. I’m telling you all that the penchant to control our images, is great! I will forever remember that the only way that we got the movie Red Tails was because George Lucas had the 93 million dollars to personally fund it…in their faces! Generations was our Dallas… our All My Children, it was a fun show and the cast did good work.
It was not Macbeth,
it was a Soap! ” – Sheila Ellis (Actress)