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Debra Messing is a TV and film actress who hit it big as Grace Adler on the sitcom Will & Grace.
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When Will & Grace wasn't filming, Messing continued to act in movies. She took roles in The Mothman Prophecies,
Along Came Polly and
The Wedding Date. She also played Woody Allen's girlfriend in the famed director's 2002 film
Hollywood Ending, a role she viewed as a dream job. "I erupted!" Messing said, recalling the call from her agent telling her that Allen wanted her for the part. "This scream came from the lower depths of my body. I don't know how I didn't get into a car accident. It was as if I went blind for a minute with joy and shock."
On May 18, 2006, Will & Grace went off the air after eight seasons. Messing went on to star in a film remake of the 1939 film The Women and The Starter Wife, a 2008 series about a woman rebuilding her life after divorce.
Often compared to fellow redhead and physical comedienne Lucille Ball, Messing is a "natural comic talent ... beautiful, very, very gifted," in the esteemed judgment of Woody Allen. "She lights up everything she does."
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