WERQ: Debra Messing at the 2013 Angel Ball

Posted on October 30, 2013

Okay, she’s giving the crazy eyes (like she always does), but … WOW:


Debra Messing attends the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Hosts 2013 Angel Ball in New York City in a blue gown paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Whenever we see someone come out looking amazing after a long stretch of looking not so great (we dubbed her “her generation’s Ethel Mertz” when we did that People magazine writeup), we always assume  they either had a birthday with a zero in it recently or got laid after a long dry spell. We don’t think either of those explanations apply to Debra, so we’re just gonna go on the assumption she got a new stylist. We’re not in love with dress, eyeshadow and jewelry all being the exact same shade of blue, but since she’s looking immeasurably better than she normally does, if not downright spectacular, and since we’re afraid lasers are going to shoot out of her eyes if we piss her off, we’re giving this our SNAPS of PERSONAL BEST and telling her to WERQ that shit like the bar is closing and she’s got no bed for the night.




[Photo Credit: Marco Sagliocco/PRPhotos.com]

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  • Sandisan

    Girlfriend is giving FACE to rival Norma Desmond.

    • Imasewsure

      She’s just trying to give back to all of those little people out there in the dark!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I love you.

    • bellafigura1

      That is not a good thing. Norma was nuts and aged.

      • dashwoodstole

        But fabulous. And I think that is kind of the point.

      • Imasewsure

        No NO… Back then we had FACES!
        And the fact that the camera caught Debra pulling a Norma is a great thing (for us anyway)!

        • bellafigura1

          Yeah, respectfully, no. She looks very uncomfortable, not fabulous, a little desperate. But that’s me. Norma was a character that equalled: deperate, aging, tragic. Not fabulous.

          • andreawey

            I agree….. Norma Desmond is not something to shoot for….

    • BKagainwiththesweatpants

      All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        It’s a return! A return to the millions of people who have never forgiven me for deserting the screen.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I honestly can’t believe you haven’t gotten more upvotes for “JOOOOOOOOOE! JOOOOOOOOOE!” If I could upvote something a bazillion times, it would be that.

    • andreawey

      So True! “I’m ready for my closeup Mr. DeMille”

  • elleg929

    Her longtime stylist was Rachel Zoe…did they break up?

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Let’s hope so – it could be the reason she looks so much better.

  • Sarah

    She must have had a pic where she felt her eyes looked squinty a long time ago, and now she does that huge-eye thing to counteract it. Nice color for her, and pretty dress, if a bit too long.

  • madscntst

    I give that exact same face to my husband right before I say “What?! You ate the last X?!” Where X can be a cookie, brownie, bag of potato chips…well, anything really.

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Haha, after I read this I had to scroll up and look at her face again. You’re right – that’s EXACTLY “the face” when the last piece of cheesecake (or whatever) is eaten by my spouse!

  • Laura Renee

    Ahahaha. But why won’t she smile?

  • MilaXX

    Crazy eyes aside she looks good. It felt like she was trying to cover up her 40+ body instead of embracing her more womanly figure. Even with the matchiness of the blues she looks good here.

  • hughman

    The outfit is nice but man is she channeling Dramatic Chipmunk or what?


    • NYCGlamourpuss


  • Grace Adler is coming for your soul.

  • aeb1986

    Love that color blue on her, not a big fan of the makeup but this is a definite WERQ for her

  • DTLAFamilies

    I’ll forgive the crazy posing and matching accessories because Dat Hair. It’s a double flip of the bird to all of the starlets with their cocker spaniel extensions.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I love the side part and how they gave the front of her hair some lift…

  • Color of hair and dress are fabulous. The dress isn’t a flattering fit.

  • Imasewsure

    The expression is hilariously off but she looks fantastic even with the matchy matchy

  • SpillinTea

    She is giving me Alyssa Edwards and I LOVE it. WERQ girl!

  • Rand Ortega

    She looks “Will & Grace” era hot. Been a long time. Love the dress, especially the color.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Aw, I miss that show.

      • Rand Ortega

        Me, too. Especially when they went live. Gary Janetti, Brad Goreski’s boyfriend, was EP for “W&G”. He’s got a new show for British television called, “Vicious”. It’s hilarious. But I may be biased– I’d watch a wound open if it had Sir Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi & Frances de la Tour in it.

  • CeeQ

    YIKES. Those eyes. They will haunt me.
    But yes, all kinds of fabulous here!

  • Jackie4g

    Mama’s still got it.

  • YoungSally

    Love the color — think she looks better than she has in a long time — but I really want to hike up the neckline (and her boobs with it) so they are at least in the top half of her torso…just an inch or two.

    • amanda siegelson

      thank you! after the crazy eyes, that is all i can see and all i want to do – hike that shit up!

    • Targettaste

      The droopy dress and the long low hanging earrings seem to be reacting to a stronger pull of gravity than we mere mortals deal with. I can’t get past the overall sag.

    • MoHub

      And this is what keeps it out of WERQ territory for me.

  • ovarB

    With those eyeballs wide open…all I can think is “Visine…it gets the red out.”

  • guyfromhoboken

    she looks like she finally lost weight…or maybe its just a more flattering cut…anyway, she looks gorgeous.

    • I think she’s been working out. And losing weight. She was looking so bloated.

  • She reminds me of the Wind Photograph challenge from RuPaul’s Drag Race…but in the fiercest way possible.

  • jen

    She looks great. Atta girl!

  • Miranda

    Her eyes are scaring me……………but I can’t look away.

  • alyce1213

    She really needs to practice her posing. The dress and hair are gorgeous.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I am so pleased to see her looking so good(albeit with crazy eyes) after that unfortunate Mertz moment that I’ll overlook the matchy-matchy blues. Love the dress.

  • Morales Mike

    Best she’s looked in a long while. Good for her for getting it together again, she used to be so glam.

  • sagecreek

    YAY DEBRA! I would never give this a WERQ, but it’s so much better than her usual, and it’s lovely to see her again.

  • Joanna Schuth

    That eye makeup is HIDDY, no two ways about it.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I despise the make-up microtrend of all-around-the-eye heavy liner, a la SJP. I think it makes the eyes look small and sort of sunken.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    She looks like she wants to pull someone’s hair.

  • JR Labrador

    Lucy “RIcky just cut me from the Copacabana show again” RIcardo realness.

  • clatie

    Serving it up for all us kittens who are looking at our early forties in the rear view mirror!

  • Shawn EH

    She’s the more fierce Amy Adams, which is fine with me.

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    At any moment, she’s going to command everyone to KNEEL in her best Loki/Zod superior villain voice.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I’m so glad to see her getting a WERQ, and her hair color is so beautiful I want to cry.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Her expression is making me a little afraid.

  • I’ll give her the personal best, but she can’t frighten me into a WERQ.

  • Julie Chase

    I actually yelped out loud when I scrolled down to the second picture. DON’T EAT ME, GRACE!

  • prettybigkitty

    With those eyes I’m guessing she might not need a bed for the night. . . .

  • Gatto Nero

    That’s a beautiful color on her, but I’m not loving the no-bra effect, or that thing (party streamer? exposed zipper?) hanging down the back of the dress.

  • SophieCollier

    Some photographer somewhere told her to widen her eyes for photos, but never explained how to do so without looking deranged. Which I’m glad for, because Crazy-Eye Debra is my favorite Debra.

  • Noah

    She’s ready for her closeup, Mr. DeMille.

  • Big Bear

    You go, Crazy Eyes!

  • Trickytrisha

    When I saw the thumbnail and the WERQ beside her name, I thought to myself “Self, did TLo maybe have one too many pumpkin martinis for lunch?” Then, damn… here she is looking svelte, very blue, and pretty darned scary. Not WERQ-worthy, IMO, but close if for nothing other than comparison to red carpets past.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Wait…there’s a pumpkin martini?!

      • formerlyAnon

        There is an every-damn-thing martini*.

        *Term used loosely.

      • Trickytrisha

        Indeed, it tasted and looked like alcoholic pumpkin pie in a martini glass. I guess the classic martini has been hijacked beyond recognition.

  • quiltrx

    Hair and dress are fantastic. Face is serving up Norma Desmond realness.

  • nannypoo

    I was not aware of the crazy eyes until I scrolled to the second picture. Good god.

  • MK03

    STOP SMIZING. Your eyes are gonna fall out pretty soon.

  • stu844

    Do you think she’s trying to smize?

  • Jaeda Laurez

    She likes not wearing bras. At some point she’s gonna have to give that up. I don’t like the eye makeup application, although i have no issue with the color. It’s all a bit…one-note, isn’t it?

    • demidaemon

      Some point had better be soon, or she is going to regret it.

  • marlie

    Debra looks AH-MAZING, even if her crazyeyes are scaring the crap out of me.

  • bertkeeter

    Looks great…raise the shoulder seams a tad and would be perfect!

  • Emily Giovanni

    Seriously, though, those are some crazy eyes.

  • carnush

    Gorgeous dress and perfect hair. Now if she could just soften her face for pictures…she looks terrified.

  • ballerinawithagun

    I love the straps that keep the dress from veering into side boob territory, thank you!

  • formerlyAnon

    “WERQ that shit like the bar is closing and she’s got no bed for the night.”

    You guys.

    It has been a lotta years since I heard anybody say this (or something very close to it) and I cracked up.

  • Lilithcat

    I don’t know. There’s something about the cut/fit of the gown that makes it look as though it’s going to fall off any second. Of course, that may be the look for which she’s going!

  • crash1212

    Best ever. Interesting that she’s finally wearing a dress that flatters her and it’s not attributed to anybody.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I didn’t know about the People magazine write up! Is there a link for it?

  • ashtangajunkie

    I never thought I’d see “WERQ” and “Debra Messing” in the same post. She looks fabulous.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It’s hard to be gracious and say “She looks great!” when I’m laughing this hard over the crazy eyes. Okay, she looks great – other than the fact that her eyes say, “I’ve just rented a room at The Overlook Hotel.”

  • Kent Roby

    I think she looks rather Smash-ing here. I’m so very thankful that she never felt the need to get a boob job to be a Bombshell. This look is definitely one for her Hit List!

  • webslice33

    not really loving it…

  • melanie0866

    Once again, I think the loose dropped waist is a big saggy. It’s dragging her whole torso down with it.

  • AzSportsGirl

    Love this on her. Her hair looks healthiest as it has in ages. I just watched the movie Purple Violets with her in it and she was stunning in every scene.

  • aahlife

    This is what happens when you have a bad eyelift.

  • Irish Rodriguez Reyes

    That hair is a mess and her eyes are annoyingly frightening.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    This is what happens when you leave the husband and hook up with a handsome costar. I dunno if she’s still with that guy or not, but he showed up on NASHVILLE last night, hobnobbing with the likes of Connie Britten and Hayden Panetierre, so maybe Deb felt like she needed to up her game. Whatever. It’s welcome, Debbie. Keep up the good work.

  • Reality TV Casting

    TLO! since when do you give out werqs to most-improved? a werq is NOT a miss congeniality award, it must be earned on a universally-standardized scale! i veto this werq!!! no more of this doling out charity werqs to the mentally impaired runway riff raff. there is not WERQ-BUT minus the tacky makeup, accessorizing and psychotic face, there is only WERQ. the quality control must be maintained!

  • not applicable

    She has more than a stylist…. There is a team behind this transformation….trainer, dietician, therapist … She is back to Grace level fighting weight. That takes more than spanx. So I’m not sure if shes serving face or if it’s crazy eyes conveying: fuck I’m starving !

  • twilightgirlportland.com

    Yeah, what’s with the eye makeup and weird eye look?

  • anotherkate

    She looks like she has been hitting the gym and wants us to know about it! She looks lovely. That shade of blue will never do a redhead wrong, but she’s also rocking the makeup. Good on ya, Deb!

  • Lady Scarlett

    She is zonked out of her mind!! Let’s bet she spent a lot of time in the bathroom this night…