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Debra Messing

Messing was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the daughter of Jewish American parents, Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a jewelry manufacturer. When Messing was three, she moved with her parents and her older brother, Brett, to East Greenwich, a small town outside Providence, Rhode Island.During her high school years, she acted (and sang) in a number of high school productions, including the starring role in the musical "Annie" and "Fiddler On the Roof." Messing took lessons in dance, singing, and acting. In 1986, she was Rhode Island's Junior Miss and competed in Mobile, Alabama in the America's Junior Miss scholarship program. While her parents encouraged her dream of becoming an actress, they also urged her to complete a liberal arts education before deciding on acting as a career. Following their advice, she attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.In 1990, after graduating summa cum laude from Brandeis with a bachelor's degree in theater arts, Messing gained admission to the elite Graduate Acting Program (which accepts only about 15 new students annually) at New York University, where she earned a master's degree in fine arts after three years.In 1998, Messing played a lead role as the bio-anthropologist Sloan Parker on ABC's dramatic science fiction television series Prey. During this time her agent approached her with the pilot script for the television show Will & Grace. Messing was inclined to take some time off, but the script intrigued her, and she auditioned for the role of Grace Adler, beating out Nicollette Sheridan, who later guest-starred on the show as a romantic rival of Grace's. Will & Grace became a ratings success, and Messing gained renown.In 2002, she was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People Magazine. TV Guide picked her as its "Best Dressed Woman" in 2003. Messing met her husband, Daniel Zelman (an actor and screenwriter), on their first day as graduate students at NYU. The two were married on September 3, 2000, and live in New York City. On April 7, 2004, Messing gave birth to their son, Roman Walker Zelman.


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Born:
Aug 15, 1968 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
20
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series The Mysteries of Laura 2014-09-17

Nominated for 8 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 32 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Will & Grace
Filmography
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
The Mysteries of Laura Laura Diamond 38 episodes, 2014-2016 2014-09-17
Project Runway All Stars Unknown 2012-01-05
Smash Julia Houston 32 episodes, 2012-2013 2012-02-06
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
The Rachel Zoe Project Unknown 2008-08-04
The Starter Wife Molly Kagan 6 episodes, 2007 2007-05-31
Project Runway Unknown 2004-12-01
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Will & Grace Grace Adler 246 episodes, 1998-2020 1998-09-21
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
NYPD Blue Unknown 1993-09-21
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986-01-07
Jeopardy! Unknown 1984-09-10
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21