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Debra Messing

at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Debra Lynn Messing
August 15, 1968 (1968-08-15) (age 41)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Daniel Zelman (2000–present)

Debra Lynn Messing (born August 15, 1968) is an American actress, best known for her role as Grace Adler in the sitcom Will & Grace.

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Early life

Messing was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City,[1] the daughter of Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a costume jewelry packaging manufacturer.[2] Messing is Jewish, a descendant of immigrants from Russia and Poland.[3][4][5] When Messing was three, she moved with her parents and her older brother, Brett, to East Greenwich, a small town outside Providence, Rhode Island.[6]

During her high school years, she acted and sang in a number of high school productions at East Greenwich High School, including the starring roles in the musicals Annie and Grease. She 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. During her junior year, she studied theater at the prestigious London-based British European Studio Group program, an experience that solidified her desire to act. Some time after 1986 she underwent surgical rhinoplasty.[7]

In 1990, after graduating summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a bachelor's degree in theater arts, Messing gained admission to the elite Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts which accepts approximately fifteen new students annually. She earned a Master's Degree in Fine Arts after three years.

Career

In 1993, Messing won praise for her acting in the pre-Broadway workshop production of Tony Kushner's play Angels in America: Perestroika.[1] Subsequently, she appeared in several episodes of the television series NYPD Blue during 1994 and 1995.

Messing at the premiere of Woody Allen's Whatever Works.

In 1995, Messing made her film debut in Alfonso Arau's A Walk in the Clouds playing the unfaithful wife of main character Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves). This exposure led the Fox network to make her the co-star of the television sitcom, Ned & Stacey. The series lasted for two seasons, from 1995 to 1997. Messing appeared as Jerry Seinfeld's date in two episodes of the series Seinfeld: "The Wait Out" in 1996 and "The Yada Yada" in 1997. Messing turned down a starring role in another television sitcom to appear in Donald Margulies's two-character play Collected Stories, which opened at the Off-Broadway Manhattan Theater Club. She also co-starred in the Tom Arnold vehicle McHale's Navy in 1997.

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 became a star.[1]

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 was cast by director Woody Allen in a small role in his 2002 film Hollywood Ending. Her film roles since include a happily married but ill-fated wife in the supernatural thriller The Mothman Prophecies (2002) and a supporting role in Along Came Polly (2004). The Wedding Date (2005) was Messing's first leading role in a high-profile film. It received mixed reviews but performed fairly well at the box office. Messing was featured as a judge on the season finale of the second season of Bravo's reality show, Project Runway. She also starred in the television mini-series The Starter Wife, which was nominated for ten Emmy awards including one for Messing for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

In 2008, Messing reprised her role as Molly Kagan in the television series The Starter Wife, which included 10 episodes.[8] In early 2009, Messing's untitled comedy series was picked up by NBC for the 2009-10 primetime season.[9]

Personal life

Messing met her husband, Daniel Zelman, an actor and screenwriter, on their first day as graduate students at NYU in 1990. They 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.[10]

Filmography

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994–1995 NYPD Blue Dana Abandando Episodes: "Double Abandando" (1994), "A Murder with Teeth in It" (1995), "Bombs Away" (1995)
1995 Partners Stacey Episode: "City Hall"
1995–1997 Ned and Stacey Stacey
1996–1997 Seinfeld Beth Lookner Episodes: "The Wait Out" (1996), "The Yada Yada" (1997)
1998 Prey Dr. Sloan Parker
1998–2006 Will & Grace Grace Adler Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2003)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2002, 2003)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2001), with Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally

Nominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) (2000, 2001)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2000-2002, 2006)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2000-2005)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2004)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (2001, 2004)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2002-2005), with Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress, TV (2001, 2002, 2006)
1999 Jesus Mary Magdalene
2002 King of the Hill Mrs. Hilgren-Bronson, Jordan's Mom Episode: "Get Your Freak Off" (voice only)
2006 Will & Grace: Say Goodnight Gracie Grace Adler retrospective special
2007 The Starter Wife Molly Kagan 5 part miniseries

Gracie Allen Award

Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2008 The Starter Wife Molly Kagan 10 episode series
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1995 A Walk in the Clouds Betty Sutton
1997 McHale's Navy Lt. Penelope Carter
1998 Celebrity TV reporter
2002 The Mothman Prophecies Mary Klein
Hollywood Ending Lori
2004 Along Came Polly Lisa Kramer
Garfield Arlene voice only
2005 The Wedding Date Kat Ellis
2006 Open Season Beth voice only
2007 Purple Violets Kate Scott
Lucky You Suzanne Offer
2008 The Women Edie Cohen
Nothing Like the Holidays Sarah Rodriguez Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

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Simple English

Debra Messing
File:Debra Messing
Messing in 2008
Born Debra Lynn Messing
August 15, 1968 (1968-08-15) (age 42)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994 – present
Spouse Daniel Zelman (2000-present)
Children Roman Walker Zelman
Awards Satellite Award for Best Actress - TV Series Musical or Comedy
2002 Will & Grace
2003 Will & Grace

Debra Lynn Messing (born August 15, 1968) is an American actress. She has been nominated eight times for the Golden Globes. Her work includes acting as Grace Adler in the NBC television series Will & Grace, and Molly Kagan in the USA television series The Starter Wife.

Contents

Early life

Messing was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.[1] She is the daughter of Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel agent and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a costume jewelry packaging manufacturer.[2] The Messing family is Jewish, and descends from Russia and Poland.[3][4][5] When Messing was three, she moved with her parents and her older brother, Brett, to East Greenwich, a small town outside Providence, Rhode Island.[6]

During her high school years, Messing acted and sang in a number of high school productions. For example, she was a main character in the musicals Annie and Fiddler on the Roof. Messing took lessons in dance, singing, and acting. While her parents encouraged her dream of becoming an actress, they also urged her to finish a liberal arts education before deciding on acting as a career. Following their advice, Messing attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. During her junior year, she studied theater at the well-known London-based British European Studio Group program. This experience made her sure that she wanted to be an actress.

In 1990, Messing graduating from Brandeis University with a bachelor's degree in theater arts She then gained admission to the Graduate Acting Program at New York University. This was a very hard thing to do, because the program only accepts around fifteen new students every year. She earned a Master's Degree in Fine Arts there after three years.

Career

In 1993, Messing was praised for her acting in the pre-Broadway workshop production of Tony Kushner's play Angels in America: Perestroika.[1] After that, she appeared in several episodes of the television series NYPD Blue during 1994 and 1995.

In 1995, Messing made her film debut in Alfonso Arau's A Walk in the Clouds. She was playing the unfaithful wife of main character Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves). Fox Network thought she did well, so they made her the co-star of the television sitcom, Ned and Stacey. The series lasted for two seasons, from 1995 to 1997. In 1996 and 1997, Messing appeared as Jerry Seinfeld's date in two episodes of the series Seinfeld. Messing turned down a starring role in another television sitcom so she could appear in Donald Margulies's two-character play Collected Stories. The play opened at the Off-Broadway Manhattan Theater Club. She also co-starred in McHale's Navy in 1997.

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 want to her with the script for the first episode of the television show Will & Grace. Messing was at first wanted to take some time off, but the script get her interest. She auditioned for the role of Grace Adler. She got the part, beating out Nicollette Sheridan. Sheridan later guest-starred on the show as a romantic rival of Grace's. Will & Grace became a ratings success, and Messing gained fame.[1]

In 2002, Messing 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 was cast by director Woody Allen in a small role in his 2002 film Hollywood Ending. Her film roles since then include a happily married but ill-fated wife in the thriller The Mothman Prophecies (2002) and a supporting role in Along Came Polly (2004). The Wedding Date (2005) was Messing's first leading role in a high-profile film. It received mixed reviews but performed fairly well at the box office. Messing was featured as a judge on the season finale of the second season of Bravo's reality show, Project Runway. She also starred in the television mini-series The Starter Wife, which was nominated for ten Emmy awards including one for Messing for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

Messing returned to her role as Molly Kagan in a second season of ten episodes of The Starter Wife in 2008. In February 2009, USA Network announced that The Starter Wife will not be back for another season.

Personal life

Messing met her husband, Daniel Zelman, an actor and screenwriter, on their first day as graduate students at NYU in 1990. They were married on September 3, 2000, and live in New York City. On April 7, 2004, Messing gave birth to a son, Roman Walker Zelman.[7]

Filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1995 A Walk in the Clouds Betty Sutton
Ned & Stacey Stacey Colbert TV Series
1997 McHale's Navy Lt. Penelope Carpenter
1998 Will & Grace Grace Adler TV Series
1999 Jesus Mary Magdalene TV Movie
2002 The Mothman Prophecies Mary Klein
Hollywood Ending Lori Fox
2004 Along Came Polly Lisa Kramer
Garfield Arlene Voice only
2005 The Wedding Date Kat Ellis
2006 Open Season Park Ranger Beth Voice only
2007 Lucky You Suzanne Offer
The Starter Wife Molly Kagan TV miniseries
Purple Violets Kate
2008 The Women Edith Potter
The Starter Wife Molly Kagan TV series
Nothing Like the Holidays Sarah

Awards

Golden Globe Awards

  • 2000: nominated - Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace
  • 2001: nominated - Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace
  • 2002: nominated - Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace
  • 2003: nominated - Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace
  • 2004: nominated - Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace
  • 2005: nominated - Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace
  • 2008: nominated - Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film - The Starter Wife
  • 2009: nominated - Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy - The Starter Wife

Emmy Awards

  • 2000: nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2001: nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2002: nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2003: won - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2006: nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2007: nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - The Starter Wife

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2001: nominated - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2001: won - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2002: nominated - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2003: nominated - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2004: nominated - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace'
  • 2004: nominated - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2005: nominated - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace
  • 2008: nominated - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - The Starter Wife

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2001: nominated - Choice TV Actress: Comedy - Will & Grace
  • 2002: nominated - Choice TV Actress: Comedy - Will & Grace
  • 2006: nominated - Choice TV Actress: Comedy - Will & Grace

Notes

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NAME Messing, Debra
ALTERNATIVE NAMES DEB
SHORT DESCRIPTION American actress
DATE OF BIRTH August 15, 1968
PLACE OF BIRTH Brooklyn, New York, United States
DATE OF DEATH
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