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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 August 1968Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameDebra Lynn Messing
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Daniel Zelman (3 September 2000 - 2012) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (26)

Graduated from Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts, USA).
Following undergraduate training, went on to earn Master's degree in Acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Is severely allergic to flowers and perfumes.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
Named TV Guide's "best dressed woman" in 2003
Was Rhode Island's Junior Miss in 1986.
Beat Nicollette Sheridan for the role of "Grace Adler" on Will & Grace (1998) at the final auditions.
Although her son Roman is not deaf, she has taught him a few words in sign language to make communication easier for him until he's more able to talk.
Appeared with her Will & Grace (1998) co-star, Shelley Morrison, in the Prey (1998) episode, Prey: Revelations (1998). While Messing was a steady member of the cast, Morrison only had a guest-starring role.
Played the leading role as Sandy in her high school musical production of "Grease".
Replaced Sherilyn Fenn as the female lead in Prey (1998).
Loves gambling (blackjack).
Would have been litigator if she wasn't an actress.
Her family is Ashkenazi Jewish (her ancestors immigrated from Poland and Russia).
MFA in Acting - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1993).
Sister-in-law of Aaron Zelman and Cynthia LaMontagne.
Her father, Brian Messing, is a packaging executive (jewelry packaging).
Was six months pregnant with her son, Roman Zelman, when she completed filming on the sixth season of Will & Grace (1998).
Returned to work three months after giving birth to her son, Roman Zelman, in order to begin filming the seventh season of Will & Grace (1998).
Ranked #22 on the TV Guide Network special, Funniest Women on TV (2011).
(June 5, 2012) Filed for divorce from her husband Daniel Zelman after 11 years of marriage and 6 months of separation.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a son Roman Walker Zelman on April 7, 2004. Child's father is her estranged husband, Daniel Zelman.
Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
Studied circus courses (i.e. juggling, the trapeze) while at New York University.
The pilot of her new show, The Mysteries of Laura (2014) is dedicated to the memory of her mother, Sandy Messing, who died between production and the initial broadcast.
Debra won Best Featured Actress for "Like Sunday, Like Rain" at the 2014 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival.

Personal Quotes (4)

"He's the best human being I know, he makes me a better person every day. I'm never happier than when I'm with him." - Said about her husband Daniel in a Cosmopolitan interview: 2000.
I can't imagine it being more sweet. You just hope that you will get the opportunity to do what you love and pay your bills, and that is being a success as an actor. The accolades - this is otherworldly. I have never allowed myself the ability to dream this far. - On winning her first Emmy.
I'm fascinated by diamonds. When I put diamonds on, my hands start to shake.
[on her childhood] I did feel different being Jewish. I felt like an outcast throughout elementary school.

Salary (2)

Will & Grace (1998) $250,000 /episode
Will & Grace (1998) about $600,000 per episode for 2005/ 2006 season.

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