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Debbie Reynolds had an unforgettable role on Will and Grace, not only did she earn respect from Will and Grace fans but also touched those that worked with her on the set of Will and Grace. Reynolds played Debra Messing’s mother, Grace Adler. She was just as feisty as her character. Her role as Debra Messing’s mother was back in the heyday of the Lat 90’s and early 2000’s. She earned an Emmy nomination for the role in 2000, in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category.
Since the announcement of Reynolds’ death on December 28, 2016, her Will and Grace TV family were heartbroken. Debbie Reynolds, one of the first American Sweethearts, died just a day after her only daughter’s death, actress, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds died of a massive stroke. Word from Debbie Reynolds’ son stated that his mother wanted to be with Carrie. She was 84.
With news of Reynolds’ death on Wednesday, According to TVLine, Messing took to Twitter and Instagram to pay tribute to her TV mom, who made her last appearance on the sitcom in the final season in 2006.
So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch. She was my “mom” for years & I loved her dearly.A legend.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 29, 2016
Also according to TVLine, along with her statement, Messing posted a photo of her and Debbie together on Instagram, where she paid another tribute to the legendary actress. She said on Instagram, “Debbie went to be with Carrie. She always worried about her. Carrie left too soon and now they are together again,” she wrote. “My heart is literally broken. … She was pure energy & light when she came on stage. She was loving, and bawdy, and playful — a consummate pro — old school and yet had the work ethic and investment in her craft of a new fiery up and comer.”
Messing continued: “An inspiration on every level. A legend, of course, the epitome of clean cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working. A devoted mother and grandmother, and aunt and great aunt, and friend. I lost my mom a few years ago,. She loved that Debbie was my TV mom. I hope they find each other and hug and kiss and my mom says, ‘I got you, Debbie. Carrie’s waiting for you.’ RIP Bobbie Adler.”
Other Will and Grace paid tribute as well. Sean Hayes, who played the character of Jack, tweeted,