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Debra Messing Celebrates 15 Years
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Best-known as one half of NBC’s “Will & Grace,” Debra Messing recently celebrated the influential show’s 15th anniversary with co-star Eric McCormack. The two reunited for The Television Academy’s event honoring the series’ director, James Burrows. Messing played the character for all eight years of the sitcom’s run.
“Will & Grace,” may have made her a household name, but Messing has since gone on to realize another dream. The 45-year-old actress will make her Broadway debut January 2014, co-starring in “Outsider Mullingar,” a romantic comedy by Pultizer, Oscar and Tony winner John Patrick Shanley.
Born to Sandra Simons and Brian Messing, both Jewish, her family is descended from Russian and Polish immigrants. Messing was born in Brooklyn, New York before being moved to Rhode Island as a child.
She graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s in theater before being accepted to and earning a Master’s from the renowned Graduate Acting Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.