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 A Walk in the Clouds

A Walk in the Clouds

1995 PG-13

Love becomes complicated when World War II vet Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves) falls for Victoria (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon), a pregnant and unwed woman who persuades him -- during their first encounter -- to pose as her husband at a Napa Valley vineyard owned by her despotic father, Alberto (Giancarlo Giannini). Director Alfonso Arau helms this romantic fable, which won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Anthony Quinn co-stars.

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