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Biography #2 (for The Wedding Date)Debra Messing has become known worldwide for her multiple award-winning role as Grace Adler on the hit NBC-TV series Will & Grace. She was recently named TV Guide's 2004 TV Performer of the Year.
In addition to a 2003 Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Messing has earned three other Emmy nominations in that category, five Golden Globe Award nominations, two People's Choice Award nominations and two American Comedy Award nominations. She also won the 2001 TV Guide Award for Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series, a 2001 Screen Actors Guild Award as a member of the Will & Grace ensemble cast and a 2002 Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy.
Messing's most recent film roles include Universal's successful comedy Along Came Polly, in which she starred opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston; and the voice of Arlene in the animated hit Garfield: The Movie.
Other feature roles include Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending, in which she portrayed Allen's girlfriend; The Mothman Prophecies, in which she played Richard Gere's wife; Woody Allen's Celebrity; McHale's Navy; and Alfonso Arau's A Walk in the Clouds, with Keanu Reeves.
On television, the actress has also been seen in the acclaimed CBS mini-series Jesus, in which she portrayed Mary Magdalene. She starred in the 1998 thriller series Prey, and for two seasons on the Fox comedy Ned & Stacey, opposite Thomas Haden Church. She also had recurring roles on NYPD Blue (as Gail O'Grady's conniving sister) and Seinfeld (as Jerry's ideal but elusive love, Beth Lookner).
Messing, who received a degree in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University and an M.F.A. from NYU's prestigious Graduate Acting Program, has extensive theatre experience as well. She appeared as Harper Pitt in the pre-Broadway workshop of Tony Kushner's award-winning Angels in America: Perestroika and then played Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest at Seattle's Intiman Theatre. She went on to understudy both Mary Louise Parker and Polly Draper in John Patrick Shanley's off-Broadway hit Three Dogs and a Bone and later co-starred in Paul Rudnick's off-Broadway satire The Naked Truth. Messing also starred in the New York premiere of Donald Margulies' highly acclaimed Collected Stories at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Biography #3Debra Messing can currently be seen in NBC's Emmy Award-winning Will and Grace which will begin its third season this fall. Messing stars as ‘Grace Adler,' an interior designer whose best friend and soul-mate is gay. Messing has earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for her portrayal of Grace.
Messing will next appear in Woody Alan's next comedy for Dreamworks SKG starring Tea Leoni and Treat Williams. She also appeared in Alan's earlier film Celebrity in a supporting role, having been hand picked by the director for the part. In the film Messing plays a rabid news journalist.
In 2000, Messing appeared in the critically acclaimed, four-hour CBS mini-series, Jesus, directed by Roger Young, in which she portrayed Mary Magdalene. Gary Oldman, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jeroen Krabbe and Jeremy Sisto co-star.
Also on television, Messing was seen in the ABC thriller Prey in which she starred as the young bio-anthropologist Sloane Parker. Prior to Prey, she had the opportunity to show her comedic skills as ‘Stacy' for two seasons of the Fox comedy Ned & Stacy opposite Thomas Haden Church.
Messing has demonstrated her versatility in feature films with roles such as the part of Keane Reeves' wife in Alfonso Arau's romantic love story A Walk In The Clouds and opposite Tom Arnold and Tim Curry in the comedy McHale's Navy.
Raised in a quiet community outside Providence, Rhode Island, Messing devoted much of her childhood to musical theater, performing in numerous productions at both school and camp, which ignited her interest in the stage.
Messing received her liberal arts education at Brandeis University where she majored in Theater Arts. She spent half of her junior year studying in London's prestigious B.E.S.G.L. program which featured dramatic arts teachers recruited from various distinguished institutions such as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Cambridge University and Oxford University.
Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University, she was accepted into NYU's elite Graduate Acting Program and received a M.F.A. three years later.
Messing created a lot of excitement in New York over her portrayal of ‘Harper Pit' in the pre-Broadway workshop of Tony Kushner's Tony award winning play Angels In America: Perestroika. She then left New York for Seattle to star as ‘Cecily' in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Intiman Theater. Upon returning she was cast as both Mary Louise Parker's and Polly Draper's understudy in the New York premiere of John Patrick Stanley's critically acclaimed off-Broadway play Four Dogs and a Bone at the Manhattan Theater Club. Messing went on to co-star in Paul Rudnick's off-Broadway play The Naked Truth.
She co-starred with Maria Tucci in the two-woman, highly acclaimed off-Broadway production of Donald Margulies Collected Stories, which premiered at the Manhattan Theater club and was chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Additional credits include a recurring role on the hit television series NYPD Blue portraying Gail O'Grady's conniving sister, ‘Dana Abandano' and a recurring role on Seinfeld as Jerry's ideal but ellusive love ‘Beth Lookner.' Messing resides in Los Angeles. During her free time she supports charities such as The Gay Men's Health Crisis, AmFAR, and Best Friend's Pet Sanctuary.