Debra Messing

BirthDay:

15 Aug 1968

BirthPlace:

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Debra Lynn Messing

Bio:

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.
Filmography

Actor ( 70 credits )

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (2016) The Queen
Match Game (2016)  Herself - Celebrity Panelist (1 episode, 2016)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
Like Sunday, Like Rain (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
The Mysteries of Laura (2014)  Laura Diamond (10 episodes, 2014-2015)
The Meredith Vieira Show (2014)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
The Broadway.Com Show (2013)  Herself (2 episodes, 2013)
Hollywood Game Night (2013)  Herself - Celebrity Player (1 episode, 2015)
Smash (2012)  Julia Houston (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
Katie (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Project Runway All Stars (2012)  Herself - Guest Judge (1 episode, 2014)
Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
The Marilyn Denis Show (2011)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Shalom Sesame (2010)  Herself (2010) (unknown episodes)
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Access Hollywood Live (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) Sarah Rodriguez
The Women (2008) Edie Cohen
The Starter Wife (2008)  Molly Kagan (10 episodes, 2008)
The Doctors (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
The Rachel Zoe Project (2008)  Herself (2 episodes, 2008)
Lucky You (2007) Suzanne Offer
Purple Violets (2007) Kate Scott
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
Open Season (2006) Beth (voice)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2014)
The Megan Mullally Show (2006)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
The Wedding Date (2005) Kat Ellis
Garfield (2004) Arlene (voice)
Along Came Polly (2004) Lisa Kramer
Project Runway (2004)  Herself - Guest Judge / ... (4 episodes, 2006-2012)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Fashion News Live (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself (5 episodes, 2004-2007)
Hollywood Ending (2002) Lori
The Mothman Prophecies (2002) Mary Klein
HypaSpace (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
The Isaac Mizrahi Show (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Alicia Harding (1 episode, 2011)
Celebrity (1998) TV Reporter at Lupus Office
Will & Grace (1998)  Grace Adler (188 episodes, 1998-2006)
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Guest Appearance (1 episode, 2002)
Total Request Live (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Prey (1998)  Dr. Sloan Parker (13 episodes, 1998)
McHale's Navy (1997) Lt. Penelope Carpenter
King of the Hill (1997)  Mrs. Hilgren-Bronson (1 episode, 2002)
The View (1997)  Herself (5 episodes, 2004-2014)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (2 episodes, 1999-2001)
The Story Behind (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Betty Sutton
Ned and Stacey (1995)  Stacey Colbert (47 episodes, 1995-1997)
Partners (1995)  Stacey (1 episode, 1995)
Die Harald Schmidt Show (1995)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2002)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Herself (3 episodes, 2008-2014)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Extra (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
NYPD Blue (1993)  Dana Abandando (3 episodes, 1994-1995)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2005-2012)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself - Guest (3 episodes, 2002-2008)
Seinfeld (1989)  Beth (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself / ... (6 episodes, 2005-2014)
Inside Edition (1988)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Larry King Live (1985)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (20 episodes, 2007-2009)
Sesame Street (1969)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Today (1952)  Herself (2 episodes, 2004-2008)

Producer ( 2 credits )

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (2016) executive producer
The Starter Wife (2008) executive producer (10 episodes, 2008)