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Debra Messing, Sofia Vergara to be presenters at next week's Emmys ceremony

Debra Messing, Sofia Vergara to be presenters at next week's Emmys ceremony

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Debra Messing, Sofia Vergara, Allison Janney and Lucy Liu are to be presenters at the 66th Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, producers announced.
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Debra Messing discusses Harry Connick Jr.'s 'Idol' gig

Debra Messing discusses Harry Connick Jr.'s 'Idol' gig

NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) --Debra Messing opened up about her former co-star Harry Connick Jr.'s new "American Idol" gig while speaking to reporters at the 2014 NBC Summer TCA press tour.
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'Blacklist' moving from Mondays to Thursdays next season

'Blacklist' moving from Mondays to Thursdays next season

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) --NBC has renewed "About a Boy," "The Blacklist," "Chicago Fire," "Grimm," "Hannibal," "Parenthood" and "Parks and Recreation" for 2014-15.
Karen Butler
Debra Messing reveals secrets behind her 20-pound weight loss

Debra Messing reveals secrets behind her 20-pound weight loss

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- Debra Messing recently stopped by ABC News to share some of the secrets behind her 20-pound weight loss.
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Mariska Hargitay gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star next to her mother's

Mariska Hargitay gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star next to her mother's

(UPI) --The "Law and Order: SVU" star is honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star situated right next to her famous mother's -- actress Jayne Mansfield.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
By United Press International
Debra Messing to make Broadway debut in 'Outside Mullingar'

Debra Messing to make Broadway debut in 'Outside Mullingar'

NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- Brian F. O'Byrne and Debra Messing are to co-star in the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley's play "Outside Mullingar," Manhattan Theatre Club said Friday.
'Kinky Boots,' 'Pippin' win top Drama League Awards

'Kinky Boots,' 'Pippin' win top Drama League Awards

NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) -- "Kinky Boots" was named Best Musical and "Pippin" Best Revival of a Musical at the Drama League Awards ceremony in New York Friday.
Golden Globes presenters list expanded

Golden Globes presenters list expanded

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Bradley Cooper, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx and Julia Roberts will join the list of presenters at the Golden Globe awards, event organizers in Hollywood said.
Streep, Clooney, Pattinson to be Golden Globes presenters

Streep, Clooney, Pattinson to be Golden Globes presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Robert Pattinson, George Clooney and Meryl Streep are to help hand out awards at this weekend's Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles, organizers said.
Jesse L. Martin joins 'Smash' cast

Jesse L. Martin joins 'Smash' cast

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Jesse L. Martin is to star in a six-episode arc in Season 2 of the Broadway-themed, musical drama series "Smash," NBC said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.
By United Press International
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Sean Hayes to guest star on 'Smash'

Sean Hayes to guest star on 'Smash'

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Emmy Award-winning actor Sean Hayes is booked to guest star in a multi-episode arc on the Broadway-themed drama series "Smash," NBC said Monday.
Trevor Project honors Susan Sarandon

Trevor Project honors Susan Sarandon

NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- Actor Stanley Tucci presented Oscar winner Susan Sarandon with the Trevor Hero Award at a New York benefit for The Trevor Project Tuesday night.
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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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