Debra Messing

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Birth Name: Debra Lynn Messing

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 15, 1968

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Debra Messing is an American actress.

Debra is the daughter of Sandra (Simons), who was a professional singer, and Brian Messing. Her parents are both Jewish (of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent). Debra had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at a Reform temple. She was raised in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and was Rhode Island’s Junior Miss in 1986.

Debra has a son with her former husband, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director Daniel Zelman. Daniel is also Jewish.

Debra’s paternal grandfather was Morris/Moshe Messing (the son of Chaim/Hyman Messing and Esther/Ester Mitteldorf). Morris was a Polish Jewish emigrant, from Przeclaw. Chaim was the son of Yoel Messing and Alta Malka. Esther was the daughter of Baruch Mitteldorf/Miteldorf and Rivka/Rebeka Rozenberg.

Debra’s paternal grandmother was Millie Rothblatt/Rottblatt (the daughter of Isaac M. Rottblatt and Rebecca Leiter/Leter). Millie was born in London, England, to Jewish parents from Warsaw, Poland. Isaac was the son of Bernard Rottblitt and Molly Koplind.

Debra’s maternal grandparents were named Alfred Simons and Tinnie.


Genealogy of Debra Messing –

Marriage record of Debra’s paternal great-grandparents, Isaac Rottlbatt and Rebecca Leiter –


Curious about ethnicity

8 Responses

  1. J.J. says:

    correction; her eyes are grey/green

  2. follers says:

    Thank you! BTW, ethnic, do you know why the comments on Keanu Reeves’ and Anna Chlumsky’s pages are disabled? I have wanted to debate their ethnicities there. :-) (kidding).

  3. J.J. says:

    correction; her eyes are forest green (green+brown) and her hair is dark brown (brunette) (dyed red) I think it should be listed

  4. Holly88 says:

    She’s of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent.

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