Photo of Debra Messing Debra Messing

Stunning beauty Debra Messing was born Aug. 15, 1968, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She built up her acting résumé in the theater before scoring a four-episode appearance on "NYPD Blue" and shortly thereafter starred in her own series, "Ned and Stacey," playing a liberal journalist married to a conservative ad man (Thomas Haden Church).

But Messing will likely always be best known for her breakthrough role as interior designer Grace Adler on the hit sitcom "Will & Grace." The show brought her near-instant stardom and a string of Golden Globe and Emmy nominations; in 2003, she took home the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy. In 2007, she earned another Emmy nod for TV's The Starter Wife.

Messing's big-screen credits include A Walk in the Clouds (1995), Hollywood Ending (2002), The Mothman Prophecies (2002), Along Came Polly (2004) and her first leading role in 2005's The Wedding Date (opposite Dermot Mulroney).

Debra Messing in Like Sunday, Like Rain

Like Sunday, Like Rain

2015 R

When struggling musician Eleanor takes a position as nanny to 12-year-old cello prodigy Reggie, she's thrust into the role of parent, mentor and confidant -- giving rise to a friendship that has profound effects for them both.

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