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Encyclopedia > Debra Messing
Debra Messing

Birth name Debra Lynn Messing
Born August 15, 1968 (1968-08-15) (age 38)
Flag of United States Brooklyn, New York, USA
Spouse(s) Daniel Zelman (2000 - present)
Notable roles Stacey Colbert Dorsey on Ned and Stacey
Grace Adler on Will & Grace
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2003 Will & Grace

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Biography

Early life

Messing was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn to Jewish American[1][2] parents Brian Messing, a sales executive for a jewelry manufacturer, and Sandra, who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent. When Messing was three, she moved with her parents and her older brother, Brett, to East Greenwich, a small town outside Providence, Rhode Island. Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... American Jews, also known as Jewish Americans, are Americans who are also Jews. ... Image:RI towns East Greenwich. ... Nickname: Location in Rhode Island Coordinates: Country United States State Rhode Island County Providence Government  - Mayor David N. Cicilline (D) Area  - City  20. ...


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. 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 fueled her desire to act. Main article: Secondary education High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory education. ... Annie is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... Brandeis University is a private university in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. ...   Often called the true birthplace of the industrial revolution, Waltham is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


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. Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... A bachelors degree (Artium Baccalaureus, A.B. or B.A.) is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution in New York City. ... “M.S.” redirects here. ...


Career

In 1993, Messing won praise for her acting in the pre-Broadway workshop production of Tony Kushner's much-lauded play Angels in America: Perestroika. Consequently, she appeared in several episodes (running from 1994 to 1995) of the award-winning television series NYPD Blue. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Tony Kushner (born July 16, 1956) is an award-winning American playwright most famous for his play Angels in America, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1994. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1995. ... NYPD Blue was a long-running American television police drama set in New York City. ...


In 1995, Messing made her film debut with a supporting role in A Walk in the Clouds, a love story directed by Alfonso Arau. This exposure led the Fox network to make her the co-star of the television sitcom, Ned and Stacey. The series lasted for two seasons, from 1995 to 1997. Messing appeared as Jerry Seinfeld's date in two episodes of the hit television show 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 in 1997. // March 28 - Actress Julia Roberts and singer Lyle Lovett announce their plans for separation November - After a six-year hiatus, the James Bond film series resumes with the successful GoldenEye. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... A Walk in the Clouds is a 1996 romance film directed by Alfonso Arau and produced by the Zucker brothers. ... Alfonso Arau (born January 11, 1932) is a Mexican director of such films as Zapata: The Dream of a Hero, Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, 1992) (adapted from the novel written by his wife, Laura Esquivel), and A Walk in the Clouds, which starred Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... Ned and Stacey was a US television sitcom that aired on the FOX network from 1995 to 1997. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1995. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the sitcom. ... The Wait Out is the one-hundred and thirty-third episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1996. ... The Yada Yada is the one-hundred and fifty-third episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... Donald Margulies is an American playwright who authored plays including Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner with Friends and Collected Stories. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1998, Messing had a lead role as the bio-anthropologist "Sloan Parker" on ABC's dramatic science fiction television series Prey. Meanwhile, Messing's agent had approached her with the pilot script for the television show Will & Grace. Messing was inclined to take some time off, but the pilot for Will & Grace intrigued her, and she received the role of Grace Adler, beating out Nicollette Sheridan (Knots Landing, Desperate Housewives), who later guest starred on the show as a romantic rival of Grace's. Will & Grace became a big ratings success, and Messing gained renown. A lot of Messing's personal characteristics--her red hair, enormous feet, wide teeth and Jewish ancestry--were ripe, fertile fodder for the shows writers. And it help to cement Messing as an icon. See Anthropology. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Will & Grace was a popular Emmy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated American television sitcom that focused on Will Truman, a gay lawyer and his best friend Grace Adler, a straight Jewish woman who runs her own interior design firm, as well as Karen Walker, a very rich socialite and... Grace Elizabeth Adler is a fictional character on the popular American sitcom Will & Grace, portrayed by Debra Messing. ... Nicollette Sheridan (born Colette Sheridan on November 21, 1963) is a Golden Globe nominated British actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ... Knots Landing was a primetime television soap opera that aired for 14 seasons, from December 27th, 1979 to May 13th, 1993 on CBS, as a midseason replacement, just one week before replacing the long-running crime drama, Barnaby Jones in its timeslot, and was at that time the second longest... Desperate Housewives is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, that began airing on October 3, 2004 on ABC. It is the most popular show in its demographic worldwide, with an audience of approximately 119 million viewers. ...


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. This was ironic because on "Will and Grace," one of the running jokes on the show is her character's remarkably poor fashion sense. Messing was personally picked by director Woody Allen for a small role in his 1998 film Hollywood Ending. Her big-screen 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). For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... People, a weekly magazine of celebrity and popular culture news, debuted on February 27, 1974. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... // February 14 - Sharon Stone marries Phil Bronstein. ... This page is about the book, for the movie see The Mothman Prophecies (film) The Mothman Prophecies is a 1976 book by parapsychologist John Keel, described as nonfiction. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Along Came Polly is a 2004 American romantic comedy film written and directed by John Hamburg. ... // Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2004; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 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 hit reality show, Project Runway. In 2007, she is scheduled to appear in a new TV mini-series called The Starter Wife. Her combination of beauty and a talent for physical comedy[citation needed] have led some critics to compare her to Lucille Ball.[3] The Wedding Date is a romantic comedy directed by Clare Kilner, who also directed How to Deal (2003). ... This article is about the U.S. cable network. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... Project Runway is an American reality television series on the Bravo network that focuses on fashion design. ... The Starter Wife is a 2007 USA Network Television mini-series, starring Debra Messing and based on the novel of the same name by Gigi Levangie Grazer. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American actor, comedian and star of the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy, a four time Emmy Award winner (awarded 1953, 1956, 1967, 1968) and charter member of the Television Hall of Fame. ...


Personal life

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.[citation needed] This biography does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... 2000 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December This is a timeline for events in September, 2000. ... Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


According to Star Magazine, Messing recently moved back to New York from LA.


Selected filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1995 A Walk in the Clouds Betty Sutton
1997 McHale's Navy Lt. Penelope Carpenter
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
2007 The Starter Wife Molly Kagan

// March 28 - Actress Julia Roberts and singer Lyle Lovett announce their plans for separation November - After a six-year hiatus, the James Bond film series resumes with the successful GoldenEye. ... A Walk in the Clouds is a 1996 romance film directed by Alfonso Arau and produced by the Zucker brothers. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1997. ... McHales Navy was an American television sitcom series. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... The Mothman Prophecies DVD cover The 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies is an adaptation of the 1976 book The Mothman Prophecies by parapsychologist and Fortean John Keel, described as nonfiction. ... For the song Hollywood Ending by Sleater-Kinney, see One Beat . ... // Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2004; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 2004. ... Along Came Polly is a 2004 American romantic comedy film written and directed by John Hamburg. ... Garfield (also known as Garfield: The Movie) is a 2004 live-action movie based on the Jim Davis comic strip Garfield. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... The Wedding Date is a romantic comedy directed by Clare Kilner, who also directed How to Deal (2003). ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... ... This section does not cite any references or sources. ... Lucky You is a 2007 film. ... This section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Starter Wife is a 2007 USA Network Television mini-series, starring Debra Messing and based on the novel of the same name by Gigi Levangie Grazer. ...

Awards

Golden Globe Awards

  • 2000: Best Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace (nominated)
  • 2001: Best Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace (nominated)
  • 2002: Best Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace (nominated)
  • 2003: Best Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace (nominated)
  • 2004: Best Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace (nominated)
  • 2005: Best Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy - Will & Grace (nominated)

The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

Emmy Awards

  • 2000: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)
  • 2001: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)
  • 2002: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)
  • 2003: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Won)
  • 2006: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)

An Emmy Award. ... This is a list of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winners: 1974: Mary Tyler Moore, The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1975: Valerie Harper, Rhoda 1976: Mary Tyler Moore, The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1977: Beatrice Arthur, Maude 1978: Jean Stapleton, All In The...

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2001: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)
  • 2001: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Won)
  • 2002: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)
  • 2003: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)
  • 2004: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)
  • 2004: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)
  • 2005: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Will & Grace (Nominated)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are an annual award given by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to recognize outstanding performances by members. ... The SAG Award for Best Cast in a Comedy Series is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements in Comedy Series. ...

Teen Choice Awards

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

The Teen Choice Awards is an awards show that has been annually televised on FOX and on Global TV in Canada[1] since the summer of 1999. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.atlantajewish.com/content/032006/messing.html
  2. ^ http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=8506
  3. ^ Us Magazine, Debra Messing "celeb dish"

Us Weekly (a. ...

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