Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
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Grace Adler on Will and Grace
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Debra Lynn Messing (born August 15, 1968) is an American actress, best known for her role as Grace Adler in the sitcom Will & Grace.
Messing was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the daughter of Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a costume jewelry packaging manufacturer. Messing is Jewish, a descendant of immigrants from Russia and Poland. 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 sand in a number of high school productions as East Greenwich High School, including the starring roles in the musicals Annie and Grease. She 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. During her junior year, she studied theater in the prestigious London-based British European Studio Group program, an experience that solidified her desire to act. Some time after 1986 she underwent surgical rhinoplasty.
In 1990, after graduating summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a bachelor`s degree in theater arts, Messing gained admission to the elite Graduate Acting Program at New York University`s Tisch School of the Arts which accepts approximately fifteen new students annually. She earned a Master`s Degree in Fine Arts after three years.
Messing met her husband, Daniel Zelman, an actor and screenwriter, on their first day as graduate students at NYU in 1990. They 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
East Greenwich High School
BA Theater Arts, Brandeis University (1990, summa cum laude), MA Drama, New York University (1993)
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Debra Lynn Messing
Debra Lynn Messing (born August 15, 1968) is an American actress. After graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Messing received short-lived roles on television series such as Ned and Stacey on Fox (1995–1997) and Prey on ABC (1998). She achieved her breakthrough role as Grace Adler, an interior designer, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace (1998–2006), for which she was critically acclaimed, receiving six Golden Globe Award nominations and five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning once in 2003.
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