Debra Messing

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Actress

Birth Name: Debra Lynn Messing

Birth Date: August 15, 1968

Age: 55 years old

Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York

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, 2012-13). 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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Wise Guys

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News aboutDebra Messing

Will & Grace

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Debra Messing attends The Impact Of Will & Grace: 25 Years Later at Paley Museum

Debra Messing Says NBC Boss Wanted Her to Have ‘Big Boobs’ on ‘Will & Grace’

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Debra Messing Apologizes For Kim Kardashian ‘SNL’ Tweet: ‘I Was Not Intending to Troll’

Debra Messing in a Lucile Ball tribute on Will & Grace

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Smash - Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty

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‘Will & Grace’ Guest Star David Schwimmer Teases His New Character

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Debra Messing on the ‘Will & Grace’ Finale & Who She Wants to Guest Star Next

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Jennifer Lopez attends the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront

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Catt Sadler Thanks Debra Messing, Eva Longoria For Support at Golden Globes (UPDATE)

Will & Graces in the snow - Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally, Debra Messing, Eric McCormack - 'A Gay Olde Christmas'
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Debra Messing on ‘Will & Grace’ Holiday Episode Going Back in Time

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The ‘Will & Grace’ Cast Reveals What the Show Feels Like 11 Years Later

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Debra Messing Regrets ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Appearance

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Critics Roundtable: Can ‘Will & Grace’ Revival Live Up to Its Groundbreaking Past?

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The Fab Four: ‘Will & Grace’ Return Promises ‘Elegance and Magic’

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‘Dirty Dancing’ Star Colt Prattes: ‘This Story, It’s All of Our Stories’

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