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Debra Messing

Debra MessingAKA Debra Lynn Messing

Born: 15-Aug-1968
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Grace on Will & Grace

Debra Messing was born in Brooklyn, but the family moved to Rhode Island when she was three. She earned degrees in Theater Arts from Brandeis and Drama from New York University, and also studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her first professional acting gig came in a Seattle stage production of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Her first two TV shows came and went largely unnoticed -- she played Stacey to Thomas Haden Church's Ned in Ned & Stacey, and an anthropologist in the odd sci-fi series Prey -- before success arrived in the form of Will & Grace. During that show's long run, Messing made several movies, none of which were particularly memorable or successful. Her more recent TV work includes The Starter Wife and Smash.

Father: Brian Messing (jewelry sales executive)
Mother: Sandra (real estate agent)
Brother: Brett Messing (stockbroker)
Husband: Daniel Zelman (screenwriter, b. 1967, dated 1992-2000, m. 3-Sep-2000, sep. Dec-2011, one son)
Son: Roman Walker Zelman (b. 7-Apr-2004)

    University: BA Theater Arts, Brandeis University (1990, summa cum laude)
    University: MA Drama, New York University (1993)

    Hillary Clinton for President
    Joe Lieberman for President
    Beauty Contest Junior Miss Rhode Island 1986
    Russian Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Former Smoker

    TELEVISION
    Smash Julia Houston (2012-)
    The Starter Wife Molly Kagan (2008)
    Will & Grace Grace Adler (1998-2006)
    Ned and Stacey Stacey Colbert (1995-97)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Nothing Like the Holidays (8-Nov-2008) · Sarah Rodriguez
    The Women (12-Sep-2008)
    Lucky You (1-May-2007)
    Purple Violets (30-Apr-2007) · Kate Scott
    Open Season (29-Sep-2006) [VOICE]
    The Wedding Date (4-Feb-2005)
    Garfield (11-Jun-2004) · Arlene [VOICE]
    Along Came Polly (12-Jan-2004) · Lisa Kramer
    Hollywood Ending (3-May-2002)
    The Mothman Prophecies (25-Jan-2002) · Mary Klein
    Jesus (25-Dec-1999)
    Celebrity (7-Sep-1998)
    McHale's Navy (18-Apr-1997) · Carpenter
    A Walk in the Clouds (27-May-1995)


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