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Also Known As: Debra Lynn Messing Died:
Born: August 15, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A vivacious performer with a knack for verbal and physical comedy, actress Debra Messing was a Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress who dominated the sitcom scene for eight years as lovelorn interior designer Grace Adler on "Will and Grace" (ABC, 1998-2006). It was during this masterful run as the ditzy Adler that Messing received the ultimate compliment for any comedienne, an oft-cited comparison to Lucille Ball. During and after the show's run, Messing found time to make her mark in feature films like "Hollywood Ending" (2002), "Along Came Polly" (2004) and "The Wedding Date" (2005), while even voicing characters in animated films like "Garfield: The Movie" (2004) and "Open Season" (2006). She earned considerable acclaim as a spurned wife and mother on the popular summer miniseries, "The Starter Wife" (USA Network, 2007), which earned her more awards recognition. Though the series based on "The Starter Wife" failed to catch on with audiences in 2008, Messing returned to the fore with a leading role on the popular musical drama "Smash" (NBC, 2012- ). Regardless of the project, the red-haired beauty always delivered a quality performance that more often than not brought her both...

A vivacious performer with a knack for verbal and physical comedy, actress Debra Messing was a Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress who dominated the sitcom scene for eight years as lovelorn interior designer Grace Adler on "Will and Grace" (ABC, 1998-2006). It was during this masterful run as the ditzy Adler that Messing received the ultimate compliment for any comedienne, an oft-cited comparison to Lucille Ball. During and after the show's run, Messing found time to make her mark in feature films like "Hollywood Ending" (2002), "Along Came Polly" (2004) and "The Wedding Date" (2005), while even voicing characters in animated films like "Garfield: The Movie" (2004) and "Open Season" (2006). She earned considerable acclaim as a spurned wife and mother on the popular summer miniseries, "The Starter Wife" (USA Network, 2007), which earned her more awards recognition. Though the series based on "The Starter Wife" failed to catch on with audiences in 2008, Messing returned to the fore with a leading role on the popular musical drama "Smash" (NBC, 2012- ). Regardless of the project, the red-haired beauty always delivered a quality performance that more often than not brought her both critical and commercial success.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 The Women (2008)
3.
 Purple Violets (2008)
4.
 Lucky You (2007)
5.
 OPEN SEASON (2006)
6.
 Wedding Date, The (2005) Kat Ellis
7.
 Garfield (2004) Arlene
8.
 Along Came Polly (2004) Lisa Kramer
9.
 Hollywood Ending (2002) Lori
10.
 Mothman Prophecies, The (2002) Mary Klein
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Raised in East Greenwich, RI
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Gained attention of entertainment industry as Harper Pitt in student workshop production of "Angels in America: Perestroika"
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Made professional stage debut in production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Seattle's Intiman Theatre
1994:
Appeared off-Broadway in "Four Dogs and a Bone" and "The Naked Truth"
1994:
Landed recurring role of scheming Dana Abandando on "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
1995:
Feature film debut in "A Walk in the Clouds"
1995:
Starred as Stacey Colbert, a liberal journalist who enters into a marriage of convenience on the Fox sitcom "Ned and Stacey"
1996:
Played the female lead in "McHale's Navy" opposite Tom Arnold
1997:
Made a guest appearance as Jerry's unavailable crush on an episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC)
1998:
Replaced Sherilyn Fenn on the short-lived ABC series "Prey"
1998:
Co-starred opposite Eric McCormack as roommates on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace"; earned Emmy (2000, 2001, 2006), Golden Globe (2002, 2003, 2004) and SAG (2004) nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy
1998:
Cast in a small role as a journalist in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"
2000:
Starred as Mary Magdalene in the CBS miniseries "Jesus"
2002:
Cast opposite Richard Gere in "The Mothman Prophecies"
2002:
Appeared opposite Woody Allen in "Hollywood Ending"
2004:
Cast as Ben Stiller's cheating wife in "Along Came Polly"
2004:
Voiced Arlene, Garfield's girlfriend in "Garfield: The Movie"
2005:
Starred with Dermot Mulroney in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Date"
2006:
Voiced forest ranger Beth in the animated comedy "Open Season"
2007:
Played Molly Kagan, the ex-wife of a Hollywood studio executive in the USA Network miniseries "The Starter Wife"; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress
2007:
Cast in a supporting role opposite Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore in "Lucky You"
2008:
Featured in Diane English's female ensemble "The Women," a remake of the 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce
2008:
Reprised the role of Molly Kagan in the USA Network series "The Starter Wife"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2009
2010:
Executive produced and starred in the ABC comedy film "Wright vs. Wrong"
2012:
Co-starred as a songwriter and creator of a Broadway musical on NBC's "Smash"
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Education

Brandeis University: Waltham , Massachusetts -
New York University: New York , New York -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -

Notes

According to Messing, "Ned & Stacey" executive producer Michael J. Wiethorn told her: "You are totally wrong for this. You're too wholesome. [Stacey's] this neurotic Jew from New York." To which Messing replied: "Hello, hello, hello! Neurotic Jew from New York sitting right here! Just give me a shot. Let me show you what I think you want." --Messing to Venice, April 1997.

"My mom's philosophy has always been just do what makes you happy, and when it doesn't make you happy anymore, you don't do it anymore. Hence her careers." --Messing quoted in US, January 1999.

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husband:
Daniel Zelman. Actor, screenwriter. Born c. 1967; met as students at NYU; together since 1992; became engaged in 1998; married on September 3, 2000.

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father:
Brian Messing. Sales executive. Worked for a jewelry company.
mother:
Sandy Messing. Singer, banker, real-estate agent, travel agent.
brother:
Brett Messing. Stockbroker. Older.
son:
Roman Walker Zelman. Born April 7, 2004.
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