DEBRA MESSING BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Debra Messing was born on August 15th, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York with the birth name Debra Lynn Messing. Her parents were Sandra Simons and Brian Messing. At the age of three her parents and one older brother, Brett relocated to East Greenwich and it was during her years as a high school student that she first became involved in acting.
She began with performing as an actress and singer in a number of school stage productions as well as took dancing lessons. After high school she earned a degree from Brandeis University in Massachusetts and also studied acting at the London Based British European Studio Group Program.
Once she earned her college degree in a Liberal Arts program she went on to earn a masters degree in Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Messing then went on to proceed with a career as an actress. Debra began appearing in such stage productions as, "Angels in America: Perestroika" and also was given the chance to work in television in such series as, "NYPD Blue".
As her career progressed, she became most well known to viewers for her role as Grace Adler in the television series, "Will & Grace" (1998-2006). The show was a huge success and really boost her popularity as an actress. She also went on later to star in the series, "The Starter Wife" (2004) as Molly Kagan.
Added to her resume were other appearances in such series as, "Ned & Stacy" (1995-1997), "Seinfeld" (1996) and "Prey" (1998).
She has also been seen on the big screen in such films as, "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995), "Hollywood Ending" (2002), "The Mothman Prophecies" (2002), "Along Came Polly" (2004) and "The Wedding Date" (2005).
Thus far throughout her career, Messing has been awarded six Emmy Awards, eight Golden Globe Awards and eight Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was also awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award to recognize her excellence and innovation in her creative works. She has also been recognized by People's magazine as, "one of the 50 Most Beautiful People" in 2002 and TV Guide named her, "Best Dressed Woman" in 2003.
Messing has married one time throughout her lifetime to Daniel Zelman whom she wed in 2000 and together they have one child and remain married today. She continues to work in the industry with some of her latest roles being in the television series, "Law & Order" (2011) and the new series, "Smash" (2011-2012)
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2010 Wright vs. Wrong
2008 The Starter Wife
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays
2008 The Women
2007 The Starter Wife
2007 Lucky You
2007 Purple Violets
2006 Open Season
1998-2006 Will & Grace
2006 Will & Grace: Say Goodnight Gracie
2005 The Wedding Date
2004 Along Came Polly
2002 King of the Hill
2002 Hollywood Ending
2002 The Mothman Prophecies
1995-1999 Ned and Stacey
1997 McHale's Navy
1995 A Walk in the Clouds
1994-1995 NYPD Blue