- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Actress Debra Messing will return to Rhode Island to accept an award from the Trinity Repertory Company.

Messing, who grew up in East Greenwich and graduated from East Greenwich High School, will receive a Pell Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts at a ceremony Monday night at the theater.

In an interview with the Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1IcRhgL), Messing said Trinity Rep was a beacon for aspiring young actors growing up. She acknowledged, though, that she rarely visits the Ocean State since her family moved away.

Messing told the Journal her former high school drama teacher, James Metcalfe, will present her with the award Monday.

Messing’s NBC series, “The Mysteries of Laura,” where she plays a New York City detective, was recently renewed for a second season.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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