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Grace Elizabeth Adler is a Jewish interior designer living in New York City with her best friend Will Truman. She is married to Dr. Leo Markus with whom she has a daughter, Laila.

Biography

Grace was born on April 26, 1967 in Schenectady, New York to Bobbi and Martin Adler. She has an older sister named Janet and a younger sister Joyce. As siblings, Grace stated that she was the "perfect one in the middle", and that she is the "glue that holds [the] two losers together".[1] It was shown that Grace was originally a brunette.[2] Her Hebrew name is Ruchel.[3]

During the fourth grade, Grace took ballet lessons after which her Uncle Jerry would take her to Friendly's for a fribble and a fish-a-ma-jig.[4]

Young Grace

Young Grace

When she was 12, she left the door of the house open and let the pet cat escape. Her father, who finds this very funny would tell this story until her adult life.[5]

Grace went to her first boy-girl dance with a boy named Alan Finkelman who ended up dancing with Sandy Simons.[6]

While Grace was attending Hawthorne Junior High School, she inadvertently started the nickname "Mrs. Lazy Face" for Alice Robinson, an unpopular student with speech impediment. Grace later admits to this and Alice forgives her.[7] While in high school, she dated a boy named Bobby Kay[8] and Campbell[9]. She also had a crush on John Gregorio who wouldn't notice her, and Glenn Gabriel who was a member of a Jewish gang.[10]

Grace bat mitzvah

Grace during her bat mitzvah

During the 80s, Grace attended Columbia University with her friend Ellen and lived in a dorm room across Will's. She mentions being part of an improv group with Will called The Zanys[11]. Grace and Will would later start a romantic relationship but on the day that Grace plans to lose her virginity to him, Will comes out and they break up. A year later, they bump into each other at D'Agostino and rekindle their relationship but as platonic friends. This would later become the basis of a recurring joke that Grace can turn straight men gay,[12] and is frequently attracted to gay men.[13] She lost her virginity to a nurse named Ira.[14]

At the beginning of the series, Grace was dating Danny, whom Will thinks is not good enough for her.[15] After Danny proposes and Will reveals what he honestly thinks of him, Grace leaves Danny at the altar and convinces Will to let her room with him.[16]

Personality

Grace's antics mainly toy around her neurotic and childish tendencies, as opposed to the more reasonable and pragmatic Will, although most of the humor on her also stem from her physical characteristics--her fluffy red hair, big teeth, nontraditional wardrobe, flat chest, and big feet. She claims that her feet grew "from a four to an eight in a month".[4] Her stinginess and unladylike demeanor are also often fodder for the show's humor. Grace is also shown to be ignorant of general facts, once mistaking Guatemala to be in Africa and Spain[17], and using the word "ironical"[18].

Grace is shown to be annoyed by her mother's theatrical antics, critical nature and vanity though she later realized that she also inherited these traits.[19] She also constantly strives for the affection of her father Martin,[20] who "emotionally turned his back" on her during college.[21]

Grace also seemingly developed an obsession to food that Stuart once rhetorically asked her, "Good god, do you ever stop eating?".[22] Will recalls that she tends to act crazy when hungry.[1]

Grace herself is decidedly selfish and competitive, but it is usually played for laughs, except for Rob and Ellen who later expresses how annoying Grace can get during game night. She is also somewhat shallow and vain, once declaring herself to be a "frickin' bombshell"[23] and believing that she bears a strong resemblance to red-haired celebrities like Rita Hayworth[9] and Julia Roberts[24], which seems to confuse others. While in Los Angeles, she was mistaken for Kathy Griffin by tourists.[25]

Relationships

Will Truman

Will & Grace ("Pilot")

Will Truman is Grace best friend whom she dated in college. They met during a party in front of Paradise Juice where she told Nancy Jacob that Will is "the man I'm going to spend the rest of my life with"[26] and they eventually started dating. She mentions selling Will's college term papers for a profit of which he had no knowledge of[27]. On Thanksgiving night of 1985, Will accidentally proposed to Grace to keep them from having sex. Will then came out to Grace later that night and the two broke up and did not speak to each other for a year. After bumping into each other, they resolved their issues and started their relationship as best friends.[2] Will says that the two of them are destined to meet and that "fate brought us together and fate was gonna keep us together".[28]

During the fifth season, Will and Grace attempt to make a baby via in vitro fertilization. The plan however does not push through after Grace meets Leo while on the way to the fertility clinic.[18]

Their closeness is constantly made fun of by other characters. Karen hilariously refers to Will as Grace's husband, "sexless lover", "non-romantic life partner" and the reason that Grace is not in a relationship.[29] They can finish each others sentences at times, which helps them in their fast rounds in trivia and parlor games.[30] They can also be quite dysfunctional and co-dependent, sometimes even requiring the other's approval of clothing and boyfriends.[31]

Grace moves in and out of Will's apartment throughout the series. In season 2, she moves into the apartment across the hall from Will which she eventually gives to Jack.

Karen Walker

Karen & Grace kiss ("The Kid Stays Out of the Picture")

Karen Walker is Grace's rich, alcoholic socialite secretary who admits going to the office just to get away from her husband and stepchildren.[32] Although she virtually does no secretarial work, Karen is nevertheless useful to Grace, as she pays for her health insurance and bonuses[33] and occasionally uses her society connections to help Grace get work.[34] In the office, Karen is routinely seen drinking or flipping through magazines, if not criticizing Grace's wardrobe and overall appearance, usually by disdainfully asking "Honey, what's this all about?".

Grace and Karen became close friends over the years. Grace eventually learns to look past Karen's faults, and Karen occasionally does stop ridiculing her to reveal a softer, more caring side, especially after both of them got divorced.[35] In "Field Of Queens", Grace stands up to Milo who refuses to go on a second date with Karen, who is going through a divorce and is very vulnerable at the time. In another instance, Karen seemingly turns down Grace's proposal for a business loan out of mean behavior. But she reveals it is to protect Grace, who doesn't have a strong business plan, from failing.[36]

Jack McFarland

"With her hook!"

Grace and Jack became friends mainly because of Will. They initially expressed that they didn't have anything in common until they discovered they both love figure skating[37], Antiques Road Show[38], and gay porn[12] and they begin to bond. Along with Karen, Jack frequently makes fun of Grace's physical attributes as well as her wardrobe. By the start of season three, Grace and Jack had become really close which drove Will jealous.

Leo Markus

Grace & Leo

Leo is a Jewish doctor Grace met while on her way to the fertility clinic to get fertilized by Will's spem at the beginning of season five. Leo pursues Grace who initially rejects him due to an agreement she made with Will to give up dating. Grace and Leo spontaneously get married in "Marry Me A Little" while walking at Central Park but later find out that it was invalid. Grace is disheartened after realizing how much he doesn't know about Leo but soon after agrees to get married officially in a synagogue in "Marry Me A Little More".

Their marriage becomes difficult after Leo continued working with Doctors Without Borders and left the country often. Grace briefly joins him in Cambodia but returns to New York after she realizes that her marriage is in trouble.[39] They divorce after he admits to have had a one-night stand with a fellow doctor while in Cambodia.[40]

Grace and Leo later bump into each other while on a plane to London and seem to rekindle their romance. They have unprotected sex but decide to go on their separate ways.[41] Grace, however finds out later that she is pregnant.[42] After learning of Leo's engagement, Grace chooses not to tell him and to raise her child with Will as the father. During the finale, Leo comes to see Grace and tell her that he still loves her, which she accepts. This causes Will and Grace to fall out (off-screen) one last time and finally separate.

For the next two years, Grace and Leo raise their daughter Laila who eventually meets and gets engaged to Will and Vince's son Ben.[43]

Ex-Lovers

Main article: List of Grace's Ex-Lovers

Trivia

  • She hates Teri Hatcher.[44]
  • She's afraid of needles and cannot say "Ringo" because "he was a Beatle and that sounds like needle."[45]
  • She's allergic to bees and she's a democrat.[46] She's also allergic to cats.[47]
  • She is especially fond of cakes.[48][49]
  • She tends to hit when she gets excited.[23]
  • Grace's favorite flower is lily, which is also the name of her great-grandmother. Jack mentions that she intends to name her first daughter Lilly, with two Ls.[12]
  • Grace is the only main character not to appear in all episodes. This is due to Debra Messing's pregnancy during the sixth season where she, although mentioned, does not appear in 5 episodes.
  • Adler means "eagle" in German.
  • Grace has displayed a skill in telling food's shelf life/cooking time in several occasions only by its smell.
  • Will often pokes fun of Grace's nose saying she had it done, which she adamantly denies. During a flashback in "Lows in the Mid-Eighties", Grace had a thicker nose, implying that she indeed had surgery.
  • Similar to Grace, Debra Messing also has natural brown hair.
  • Nicollette Sheridan almost won the role of Grace[50]. She later makes a guest appearance as Dr. Danielle Morty.

Quotes

I can’t believe they’re having a viral outbreak the same weekend as my house-warming party. Why do these things always happen to me? Leo leaving for AfricaFagmalion Part Two: Attack of the Clones

There are crumbs on the carpet, your robe doesn't match your socks, and, oh, my God, there's no product in your hair! I'm calling 9-1-1! Dolls and Dolls

Do whatever you want. 'Cause today I'm handing out lollipops and ass whuppings, and I'm all out of lollipops. Ben Her

We usually reserve this kind of talk for casual sex Friday. The Accidental Tsuris

Gay sex is so hot. Acting Out

My love for you is like this scar: ugly but permanent New Will City

What is the point of having a gay best friend if you're not gonna dress me? My Best Friend's Tush

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Accidental Tsuris
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lows in the Mid-Eighties
  3. Girls, Interrupted
  4. 4.0 4.1 My Uncle the Car
  5. It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World
  6. Crouching Father, Hidden Husband
  7. Alice Doesn't Lisp Here Anymore
  8. Love Plus One
  9. 9.0 9.1 Secrets And Lays
  10. Grace in the Hole
  11. Sweet (and Sour) Charity
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 New Will City
  13. Crazy In Love
  14. Will Works Out
  15. Love and Marriage
  16. A New Lease on Life
  17. 23
  18. 18.0 18.1 ...And The Horse He Rode In On
  19. The Unsinkable Mommy Adler
  20. It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World
  21. Crouching Father, Hidden Husband
  22. Courting Disaster
  23. 23.0 23.1 Dames At Sea
  24. Polk Defeats Truman
  25. I Love L. Gay
  26. Marry Me A Little More
  27. Looking for Mr. Good Enough
  28. The Finale
  29. Grace, Replaced
  30. Homojo
  31. Fred Astaire And Ginger Chicken
  32. Girl Trouble
  33. Fanilow
  34. Saving Grace
  35. Women And Children First
  36. Stakin' Care Of Business
  37. Will On Ice
  38. Tea And A Total Lack Of Sympathy
  39. Swimming From Cambodia
  40. I Do. Oh, No, You Di-in't
  41. Love Is In The Air Plane
  42. The Definition Of Marriage
  43. The Finale
  44. Fagel Attraction
  45. The Hospital Show
  46. Boo! Humbug
  47. Fagmalion Part 1: Gay It Forward
  48. Humongous Growth
  49. Cheatin' Trouble Blues
  50. Nicollette Sheridan as Grace on Will & Grace from Amazing TV RolesThat Almost Went To Other Actors

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