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DEBRA MESSING (Beth) recently concluded the eighth and final season of NBC's Emmy Award-winning "Will & Grace,” in which she starred as Grace Adler, an interior designer whose best friend and soul-mate is gay. Messing won the 2003 Emmy for her role, which also garnered her four Golden Globe nominations, three Emmy nominations and two American Comedy Award nominations.

Messing balanced both feature films and a successful television show for several years. She was most recently seen in the romantic comedy The Wedding Date opposite Dermot Mulroney. In the film, directed by Clare Kilner, Messing portrayed a woman who hires a male escort to accompany her to her sister's wedding so she can face her ex-fiancé who also happens to be the best man. Messing recently wrapped production on Purple Violets with Edward Burns, Selma Blair and Patrick Wilson. The film, written and directed by Edward Burns, tells the story of four friends from college who unexpectedly run into one another more than a decade after parting ways.

She will soon be seen in the Curtis Hanson film Lucky You alongside Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana. The film takes a look into the world of high-stakes poker and tells the story of a professional poker player who learns life lessons from a Las Vegas lounge singer.

In 2004, Messing starred in the box-office hit Along Came Polly for Universal Pictures/Jersey Films opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. She was also heard as the voice of Arlene in the movie adaptation of Garfield.

In 2002, Messing co-starred in Woody Allen's comedy Hollywood Ending opposite Woody Allen and Téa Leoni and in The Mothman Prophecies opposite Richard Gere.

Messing also had the opportunity to demonstrate her versatility in feature films with roles such as Keanu 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.

In 2000, Messing portrayed Mary Magdalene in the four-hour CBS mini-series "Jesus” directed by Roger Young. Gary Oldman, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jeroen Krabbé and Jeremy Sisto also starred in the mini-series, which aired to critical acclaim.

Messing starred as a young bio-anthropologist in the 1998 ABC thriller series "Prey” opposite Adam Storke, Vincent Ventresca, Larry Drake and Frankie R. Faison. Prior to "Prey,” Messing showed off her comedic skills as Stacey for two seasons in the Fox comedy "Ned & Stacey” opposite Thomas Haden Church. 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 theater.

Messing received her liberal arts education at Brandeis University where she majored in Theatre Arts. She spent half her junior year studying in London's prestigious B.E.S.G.L. program, which featured dramatic arts teachers recruited from 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 Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University, she was accepted into NYU's elite Graduate Acting Program and received her M.F.A. three years later.

Messing garnered much excitement in New York over her portrayal of Harper Pitt 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 Theatre. Upon her return, she was cast as both Mary Louise Parker's and Polly Draper's understudy in the New York premiere of John Patrick Shanley's critically acclaimed off- Broadway play "Four Dogs and a Bone” at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Messing went on to co-st


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