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Debra Messing: I Struggle with Guilt over My Divorce

Debra Messing 'Contends with Guilt' over Her Divorce

Originally posted 05/24/2013 11:45AM

Debra Messing is opening up about her divorce in the June issue of More magazine.

"We both wanted it to last forever, and it's a sad thing that it wasn't able to go the course," the Smash actress says of her 10-year marriage to writer Daniel Zelman.

"Part of me will always contend with guilt that I wasn't able to give my son the fantasy that my parents were able to give me."

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Smash: Which Diva Delivers in Season 2?

Originally posted 02/06/2013 10:20AM

Smash is back! And NBC's musical about musicals is delivering a new diva – and even more drama – in season 2.

After a solid preview in Boston, the cast of the Marilyn Monroe musical Bombshell – including dueling divas Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) – are back in the Big Apple and hoping to make their Broadway debut at the fabled St. James Theatre.

But opening isn't going to be easy: Bombshell producer Eileen Rand's ex-husband launches a plan to make her funding disappear and close down the show. While Eileen (Anjelica Huston) and her team, director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) and writers Julia Houston (Debra Messing) and Tom Levitt (Christian Borle), do their best to keep up appearances, Smash's characters deal with a variety of other problems.

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Debra Messing on WhoSay

UpdatePosted 02/05/2013 04:00PM

Meet Debra Messing's New Puppy Henry

Originally posted 02/05/2013 12:40PM


Debra Messing on WhoSay

Smash star Debra Messing has another big debut to be excited about – but this one is off-Broadway.

The actress has welcomed a new dog that she has named Henry.

"LOVIN' on our new puppy," she Tweeted Saturday, with a WhoSay photo of herself hugging the adorable gray pup in a car. "Say hi to Henry!"

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Debra Messing, Ex Pledge 'Amicable' Divorce | Debra Messing

Debra Messing, Ex Pledge 'Amicable' Divorce

Originally posted 06/06/2012 01:45PM

Debra Messing and husband Daniel Zelman want to keep their divorce civil for the sake of their 8-year-old son, the actress's rep says in a statement to PEOPLE.

Messing, 44, cited the usual irreconcilable differences and is seeking joint custody, according to Tuesday's divorce petition in Los Angeles Superior Court.

"Debra Messing and Daniel Zelman have agreed to amicably end their 10-year marriage," her rep says in the statement. "In keeping with their mutual wishes, Ms. Messing filed the divorce papers earlier yesterday in Los Angeles. They remain best of friends and fully committed to raising their son together."

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Debra Messing Files for Divorce | Debra Messing

Debra Messing Files for Divorce

Originally posted 06/05/2012 06:45PM

Debra Messing has filed to officially end her marriage to Daniel Zelman, six months after the pair announced their separation.

According to court documents filed Tuesday, the actress seeks joint custody of their son, 8, and is asking for spousal and child support.

Messing, 43, began dating her Smash co-star Will Chase around the time of the split announcement in December, although the court papers timed the separation back in February 2010.

Messing, who married Zelman in September 2000, recently said she's "okay with people being unhappy with me."

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Debra Messing Says She's 'at Peace' with Divorce | Debra Messing

Debra Messing Says She's 'at Peace' with Divorce

Originally posted 05/04/2012 11:15AM

When news broke in December that Debra Messing and her husband of 10 years, Daniel Zelman, were divorcing – and then that Messing was dating her Smash costar, Will Chase, who is also going through a divorce – the actress said she was prepared for the backlash.

But she's learned to not let it get the better of her.

"I'm trying to keep things as simple as possible – embracing saying 'no' and being okay with people being unhappy with me," Messing, 43, tells Ladies Home Journal.

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Smash Sneak Peek: Katharine McPhee Channels Her Inner 'Redneck'

Originally posted 02/16/2012 08:00AM



Katharine McPhee's character might be up for the role of Marilyn Monroe on NBC's Smash, but on next week's episode (Monday, 10 p.m. ET), she proves she's still a "Redneck Woman" at heart.

In a sneak preview (see video above), McPhee's Karen Cartwright returns to Iowa for a baby shower, where she performs karaoke at a bar to Gretchen Wilson's country hit "Redneck Woman."

Meanwhile, back in New York, the writing-producing team played by Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing are working on getting investors for the show and looking to cast someone as Yankee hero – and Monroe husband – Joe DiMaggio.

(In 1983 there really was a Monroe musical, the short-lived Marilyn: An American Fable. It featured, in his Broadway debut, a pre-Quantum Leap Scott Bakula as DiMaggio. Alyson Reed played Monroe.)

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Smash

Smash Premieres: Is NBC's Musical Drama a Hit?

Originally posted 02/06/2012 11:00PM

Smash has finally arrived!

After months of heavy promotion (and access to the pilot on iTunes), NBC's buzzed-about musical drama that goes behind the scenes of a Broadway show premiered Monday night – but will it be a hit? Caution: Spoilers ahead.

In the first episode, we meet the players – struggling actors, conflicted writers, an egotistical director and an ambitious producer – involved in launching a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.

"Everyone's doing her now," says Debra Messing's character, writer Julia Houston. "There's a Marilyn movie, diaries. You know what there's an app for the iPad now? You blow on it and the skirt goes up."

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Debra Messing's New Man Meets Her Parents | Debra Messing, Will Chase

Debra Messing's New Man Meets Her Parents

Originally posted 01/27/2012 11:00AM

Looks like Debra Messing's Smash romance is getting serious!

The star of NBC's upcoming musical series (premiering Feb. 6, 10 p.m. ET) and her on-and-offscreen love interest, Will Chase, attended the N.Y.C. premiere for the show Thursday night, and hit a major relationship milestone in the process.

At an opulent dinner after the premiere, Chase, 41, met Messing's parents, sidling up to her father in a booth while the actress's mother sat on his other side.

A show insider confirmed to PEOPLE last month that the costars were dating – shortly after Messing, 43, confirmed that she and her husband of 10 years, Daniel Zelman, separated in 2011. (Chase also recently split from his wife.)

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Inside Debra Messing's Budding Romance with Smash Costar | Debra Messing, Will Chase

Inside Debra Messing's Budding Romance with Smash Costar

Originally posted 12/29/2011 08:50PM

Life has come quite close to imitating art for Debra Messing and her new man, Smash co-star Will Chase.

On the NBC show, which premieres in February, the actors play married people who are romantically entangled.

And in real life, their personal lives are just as complicated.

Messing, 43, and her husband of 10 years Daniel Zelman, separated earlier this year, she recently revealed. Chase, 41, is currently divorcing his stage actress wife Stephanie Gibson, after splitting this month.

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