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NBC renews 'Smash' for second season

NBC renews 'Smash' for second season

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- The Broadway-themed musical drama "Smash" has been renewed for a second season, Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said Thursday.
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Report: Messing dating 'Smash' co-star

Report: Messing dating 'Smash' co-star

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Debra Messing has been dating Will Chase, her co-star on the New York-set drama series "Smash," for about six weeks, a show insider told People.com.
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Messing and Zelman divorcing

Messing and Zelman divorcing

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Debra Messing's publicist said Tuesday the U.S. actress and producer Daniel Zelman have separated after 10 years of marriage.
Jonas, Peters to appear on TV's 'Smash'

Jonas, Peters to appear on TV's 'Smash'

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Recording artist Nick Jonas and Broadway star Bernadette Peters have booked guest appearances on the upcoming musical drama "Smash," NBC said.
Messing to guest star on 'SVU'

Messing to guest star on 'SVU'

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Debra Messing is to guest star on the U.S. drama series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," NBC announced.

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Stars return for 'Starter Wife' series

Stars return for 'Starter Wife' series

NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- Judy Davis and Chris Diamantopoulos are set to co-star in the new U.S. television series "The Starter Wife" this fall, the USA Network announced.

Spears tops mag's worst-dressed list

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- US Weekly has named troubled pop star Britney Spears as its worst dressed star of the year.

This diamond ring will rock the wallet

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A high-end jeweler in New York said he believes someone will be willing to fork over a lot of lettuce for a wedding band with a lot of carats.

iTunes offers direct-to-download movie

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Apple's first direct-to-download movie release will be available through the online iTunes Store later this month.

Messing to return to series TV

LOS ANGELES , Oct. 19 (UPI) -- USA Network has announced it has ordered a series based on its wildly popular miniseries, "The Starter Wife," starring Debra Messing.

A-list actresses want to play 'The Women'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Veteran Hollywood actresses Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, Carrie Fisher and Joanna Gleason have joined the cast of the upcoming remake of "The Women."

New Saks shoe emporium a perfect fit

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Crowds of people flocked to Saks Fifth Avenue in New York this week to help launch a new shoe section of the famous department store.
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Debra Messing
Actress Debra Messing, who is expecting her first child this summer poses as she arrives for the 10th annual Screen Actor Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California February 22, 2004. .UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Debra Lynn Messing (born August 15, 1968) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Grace Adler in the sitcom Will & Grace and as Molly Kagan in The Starter Wife. Both roles have garnered her a total of eight Golden Globe nominations and six Emmy Award nominations, winning one.

Messing was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the daughter of Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a costume jewelry packaging manufacturer. Messing is Jewish, a descendant of immigrants from Russia and Poland. When Messing was three, she moved with her parents and her older brother, Brett, to East Greenwich, a small town outside Providence, Rhode Island.

During her high school years, she acted and sang in a number of high school productions at East Greenwich High School, including the starring roles in the musicals Annie and Grease. She took lessons in dance, singing, and acting. In 1986, she was Rhode Island's Junior Miss and competed in Mobile, Alabama in the America's Junior Miss scholarship program. While her parents encouraged her dream of becoming an actress, they also urged her to complete a liberal arts education before deciding on acting as a career. Following their advice, she attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. During her junior year, she studied theater at the prestigious London-based British European Studio Group program, an experience that solidified her desire to act.

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