Debra Manners was born in Burbank, California. Her mother was a June Taylor dancer for Jackie Gleason and can be seen on the cover of his album “Music to Make You Misty” as well as an issue of Life Magazine. Debra’s father, Mickey Manners was a standup comedian, who worked with many greats including Jerry Lewis, Lucille Ball, and Milton Berle among many others. He also had his own television series and frequented may television shows as well as appearing in most of Jerry Lewis’ films. Debra’s Godfather was Buddy Lester from the Rat Pack and her sister’s Godfather was Joey Bishop.
Early on, the family of seven moved to upstate New York where Debra spent her childhood summers with her family tin Brooklyn while her father performed as a Borscht Belt comedian in upstate New York. For years, Debra would perform with her father on stage during an Abbott and Costello style bit. The family later moved to Newport Beach, California where she attended Corona Del Mar High School (go Sea Kings!). After graduating, Debra started working for her brother, Scott at Stone Manners Agency.
Quote from Debra:
“God is the key to life. The energy and the life force of who I am is because of Him- His love, His direction, His protection, His guidance. He is my strength. He is the reason I’m able to do what I do and I’m so thankful and grateful for the Lord’s love.”