Debra Messing - Rotten Tomatoes

Debra Messing

Highest Rated:   52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
Lowest Rated:   3% McHale's Navy (1997)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
A stunning, New York-born actress who shot to stardom with her role as the latter half of television's Will and Grace, Debra Messing's playful creativity beginning in her youth left her family with little doubt that the talented youngster would seek a career in some aspect of the entertainment industry.Raised in a small community outside Providence, RI, Messing's song and dance routines were the source of endless entertainment for her family throughout her youth, and the precocious youngster frequently attended performing arts camps in order to focus her skills as an actress. Later touring Canada, the U.S., and Mexico before planning her initial bid for stardom, Messing followed her mother's advice and enrolled in Massachusetts' Brandeis University, where she majored in theater arts. Traveling to London late in her schooling to study at the prestigious B.E.S.G.L. program, she was later accepted into New York University's Graduate Acting Program. Early roles such as a stint as sexpot Dana Abandando on television's NYPD Blue garnered much attention for the stunning starlet, and it wasn't long before Messing made her feature debut with A Walk in the Clouds (1995). Jumping back to the small screen for the short-lived Ned and Stacey the following year, she next turned up in the feature Prey (1997) and a subsequent television series based on the film. Launching her career into overdrive in 1998 with her role as Grace Elizabeth Adler in television's Will and Grace brought Messing critical and public praise, and her role as the interior designer living with a homosexual lawyer charmed audiences with its snappy writing and talented cast. With personal interests lending to involvement with such organizations as the Best Friend's Pet Sanctuary, Gay Men's Health Crisis, and AmFAR, the actress uses much of her personal time to encourage social awareness of HIV and AIDS-related issues and encourage people to adopt pets.The massive success of Will & Grace helped Messing gain a foothold in a film career. She tested the waters gingerly at first, taking small but key roles in films as diverse as the thriller The Mothman Prophecies and the Woody Allen comedy Hollywood Ending. She played Ben Stiller's newlywed wife in the hit comedy Along Came Polly in 2004. Although audiences ignored her romantic comedy The Wedding Date, Messing scored her most prestigious post-Will & Grace work yet landing a major role in Curtis Hanson's Lucky You in 2006, the same year as she lent her vocal talents to the animated film Open Season.Over the next several years, Messing would enjoy a number of projects, starring in movies like The Women, and series like The Starter Wife, Smash and The Mysteries of Laura.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dirty Dancing
  • Marjorie Houseman
2017
50% Like Sunday, Like Rain
  • Barbara
2015
No Score Yet Shalom Sesame: Grover Plants A Tree
  • Actor
2011
52% Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Sarah
2008
13% The Women
  • Edie Cohen
2008
No Score Yet The Women
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Starter Wife
  • Molly Kagan
2007
29% Lucky You
  • Suzanne Offer
2007
No Score Yet Purple Violets
  • Kate Scott
2007
48% Open Season
  • Beth
2006
10% The Wedding Date
  • Kat Ellis
2005
15% Garfield - The Movie
  • Arlene
2004
25% Along Came Polly
  • Lisa Kramer
2004
47% Hollywood Ending
  • Lori
2002
52% The Mothman Prophecies
  • Mary Klein
2002
No Score Yet Jesus
  • Mary Magdalene
2000
41% Celebrity
  • Cameraman at Lupus Office
1998
3% McHale's Navy
  • Lt. Penelope Carpenter
1997
42% A Walk in the Clouds
  • Betty Sutton
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004-2016
  • Judge
83% Match Game
2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Project Runway All Stars
2012-2016
  • Judge
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Alicia Harding
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011
  • Appearing
Project Runway
2005
  • Judge
22% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
  • Laura Diamond
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
68% Smash
2012-2013
  • Julia Houston
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Grace Adler
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Beth

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