Debra Messing is an American actress born in Brooklyn, New York on August 15, 1968. She is best known for her role as Grace Adler on the popular NBC sitcom Will & Grace. The role earned her six Golden Globe Award nomination and five Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 2003 she won a Primetime Emmy Award for the role. She started acting in high school and had roles in a number of productions at her school East Greenwich High School. In 1993 she made her debut on television in the show Another World and continued landing roles in shows like Partners, Seinfeld, Prey, Will & Grace, The Starter Wife, Smash, Ned & Stacey, NYPD Blue, Nightcap, Match Game and others. In 1995 she made her debut in film in the movie A Walk in the Clouds and has since had roles in the films, Celebrity, Jesus, Hollywood Ending, The Wedding Date, Purple Violets, Lucky Your, The Woman, Searching and more. Throughout her career she has been nominated for numerous awards and has won an Emmy Award, a Grace Allen Award, two Satellite Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two TV Guide Awards among others. On October 6, 2017 she was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, receiving a star for her contribution to television.