Grace Elizabeth Adler is an 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.


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] 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.[2] She also constantly strives for the affection of her father Martin,[3] who "emotionally turned his back" on her during college.[4]

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.[5] She had a pet dog named Tokey who was run over by a car.[6]

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.[7]

Grace went to her first boy-girl dance with a boy named Alan Finkelman who ended up dancing with Sandy Simons.[8]

While Grace was attending Hawthorne 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.[9] While in high school, she dated a boy named Bobby Kay[10] and Campbell[11]. She also had a crush on John Gregorio and Glenn Gabriel who was a member of a Jewish gang.[12]

In 1985, Grace was a freshman at Columbia University with her friend Ellen and lived in a dorm room across Will's.

Grace bat mitzvah

Grace during her bat mitzvah

Meeting Will

Grace met Will during a party in front of Paradise Juice where she told Nancy Jacob that Will is "the man [she's] going to spend the rest of [her] life with"[13] . They eventually started dating but on the day that Grace planned to lose her virginity to him, Will came out and they did not speak to each other for a year.

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,[14] and is frequently attracted to gay men.[15] She lost her virginity to a nurse named Ira.[16]

Grace mentions being part of an improv group with Will called The Zanys[17]. She also sold Will's college term papers for a profit which he had no knowledge of until later on[18].

At the beginning of the series, Grace has her own interior design firm in New York and was dating Danny, whom Will thinks is not good enough for her.[19] 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.[20]


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".[5] Her stinginess and unladylike demeanor are also often fodder for the show's humor. One recurring joke is that she has super human strength that she was able to overpower Will when he insisted on looking at her pregnancy test and when she was able to break Jack's back by hugging him.

Grace is also shown to hate reading and is unaware of general facts, once mistaking Guatemala to be in Africa and Spain[21], and using the word "ironical"[22].

Grace also seemingly developed an obsession to food that Stuart once rhetorically asked her, "Good god, do you ever stop eating?".[23] 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"[24] and believing that she bears a strong resemblance to red-haired celebrities like Rita Hayworth[11] and Julia Roberts[25], which seems to confuse others. While in Los Angeles, she was mistaken for Kathy Griffin by tourists.[26]


Will Truman

Will & Grace ("Pilot")

Will and Grace are extremely close that they know each other's secrets and according to her they've seen each other "naked and crying."[27] With a deep understanding of how the other thinks, they can finish each others sentences at times, which helps them in their fast rounds in trivia and parlor games.[28] They can also be quite dysfunctional and co-dependent, sometimes even requiring the other's approval of clothing and boyfriends.[29] They are 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.[30]

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.[22] 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.[31] Although she virtually does no secretarial work, Karen is nevertheless useful to Grace, as she pays for her health insurance and bonuses[32] and occasionally uses her society connections to help Grace get work.[33] 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.[34] In "Field of Queens", Grace stands up to Milo, a restauranteur 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. She reveals doing it to protect Grace, who doesn't have a strong business plan, from failing.[35]

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[36], Antiques Road Show[37], and gay porn[14] and they begin to bond. Along with Karen, Jack frequently makes fun of Grace's appearance as well as her "deadly" wardrobe. By the start of season three, Grace and Jack had become really close driving 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.

After seeing each other over a few months, Grace and Leo spontaneously get married while strolling down Central Park but later find out that it was invalid due to technicalities. 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.[38] They divorce after he admits to have had a one-night stand with a fellow doctor while in Cambodia.[39]

Grace and Leo later bump into each other while on a plane to London and seem to rekindle their romance. They have sex on the plane but decide to go on their separate ways.[40] Grace, however finds out later that she is pregnant from this encounter.[41] 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.[42]


Main article: List of Grace's Ex-Lovers


  • It was shown that Grace was originally a brunette.[43] She was raised Jewish and her Hebrew name is Ruchel.[44]
  • Her middle name is Elizabeth because her mother is a fan of Elizabeth Taylor, who was involved in a real-life scandal with Debbie Reynolds, who played Grace's mother Bobbi.
  • She hates Teri Hatcher.[45]
  • She's afraid of needles and cannot say "Ringo" because "he was a Beatle and that sounds like needle."[46]
  • She's allergic to bees and she's a democrat.[47] She's also allergic to cats.[48]
  • She is especially fond of cakes.[49][50]
  • She tends to hit when she gets excited.[24]
  • 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.[14]
  • 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.
  • Whenever she goes through an emotional low point, she spends days going through slides of photos from her childhood trying to figure out "where it all went wrong."[6]
  • 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[51]. She later makes a guest appearance as Dr. Danielle Morty.


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

I didn't design it for you, Will. I did it for a 6'4" man from Texas. If I was doing young gay lawyer, it'd be deco with fear-based bitchy wallpaper. Between a Rock and Harlin's Place

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Accidental Tsuris
  2. The Unsinkable Mommy Adler
  3. It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World
  4. Crouching Father, Hidden Husband
  5. 5.0 5.1 My Uncle the Car
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bed, Bath and Beyond
  7. It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World
  8. Crouching Father, Hidden Husband
  9. Alice Doesn't Lisp Here Anymore
  10. Love Plus One
  11. 11.0 11.1 Secrets and Lays
  12. Grace in the Hole
  13. Marry Me a Little, Marry Me a Little More
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 New Will City
  15. Crazy in Love
  16. Will Works Out
  17. Sweet and Sour Charity
  18. Looking for Mr. Good Enough
  19. Love and Marriage
  20. A New Lease on Life
  21. 23
  22. 22.0 22.1 ...And the Horse He Rode in On
  23. Courting Disaster
  24. 24.0 24.1 Dames At Sea
  25. Polk Defeats Truman
  26. I Love L. Gay
  27. Key Party
  28. Homojo
  29. Fred Astaire and Ginger Chicken
  30. Grace, Replaced
  31. Girl Trouble
  32. Fanilow
  33. Saving Grace
  34. Women and Children First
  35. Stakin' Care of Business
  36. Will on Ice
  37. Tea and a Total Lack of Sympathy
  38. Swimming from Cambodia
  39. I Do. Oh, No, You Di-in't
  40. Love is in the Airplane
  41. The Definition of Marriage
  42. The Finale
  43. Lows in the Mid-Eighties
  44. Girls, Interrupted
  45. Fagel Attraction
  46. The Hospital Show
  47. Boo! Humbug
  48. Fagmalion Part One: Gay It Forward
  49. Humongous Growth
  50. Cheatin' Trouble Blues
  51. Nicollette Sheridan as Grace on Will & Grace from Amazing TV RolesThat Almost Went To Other Actors

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