Oscar and Grammy Award winner Jamie Foxx is a global superstar. Not that he’d disagree, but in his opinion there’s an even brighter star living under his roof: his little sister.
DeOndra Dixon lives with her older brother (Foxx is 51) and has done so ever since he invited her to after her graduation from high school in 2002. Dixon is a vivacious 34-year-old who also happens to have Down syndrome. But the condition, which can cause a wide range of developmental and physical disabilities, truly hasn’t held her back.
Foxx even credits his sister with teaching him “how to live.”
“DeOndra has a light on that has been on since she was born,” Foxx shared in a Dateline feature back in August of 2018. “Little bundle of joy! We didn’t know what Down syndrome was,” the actor and singer continued. “My mother was smart, in immediately keeping her ‘normal.’”
Dixon attended school and joined the choir. She was never held back from embracing a normative lifestyle, nor from chasing her dreams and ambitions. “I didn’t know what she was going to have to do as far as fending for herself and becoming an adult,” Foxx admitted. However, his little sister quickly proved that she had gumption, and with her big brother looking out for her, anything was possible.
“Our family just treats her like DeOndra,” Foxx explained. “She goes everywhere we go. She’s usually the life of the party!” The siblings’ mother always encouraged Dixon. She’d say “Go to school, play, have fun—there’s nothing different about you!” Foxx recalled, in conversation with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
Today, Dixon serves as a global ambassador for the very same foundation.