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DEBRA 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.


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