Michelle Grace is an American actress and producer known for appearing in the musical drama film ‘The Rat Pack’. She has also appeared in the Peter O'Fallon directorial drama film ‘A Rumor of Angels’. Over the course of her extensive career, she has produced a few films and television films as well. She was the executive producer of the television movies ‘Baseball Wives’ and ‘Knights of the South Bronx’. She produced films like ‘Narc’ and ‘Take the Lead’ in the early and mid-2000s. Michelle Grace was once married to baseball player Mark Eugene Grace, who was a celebrity in his own right. This marriage, however, did not work out in the long run. Her second marriage too ended in a divorce though the actress has managed to remain friends with her former husband.
Michelle Grace started her acting career quite late in her life. She was picked for the role of ‘Judy Campbell’ in the 1998 musical drama television movie, ‘The Rat Pack’. The flick was directed by Rob Cohen and written by Kario Salem. It was based on the lives of Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. Grace appeared in the TV film alongside her then-husband Ray Liotta, who portrayed the character of Frank Sinatra. Joe Mantegna, Don Cheadle, and Angus Macfadyen portrayed the other three iconic artists.
In 2000, Grace appeared in the drama film, ‘A Rumor of Angels,’ as ‘Lillian Neubauer’. This was the second time she worked alongside her husband Liotta. The film featured their only child, daughter Karsen Liotta, as well. The movie also starred Vanessa Redgrave, Catherine McCormack, Trevor Morgan, and Ron Livingston.
In her last appearance as an actress, Grace played the role of ‘Sydney Coopman’ in the 2002 television movie titled ‘Baseball Wives’. The TV movie was co-written by Julie Martin and Lisa Randolph, with Steve Buscemi being in charge of the direction. The film also had the likes of Courtney Ford Baldwin, Brian Bloom, and Anthony 'Treach' Criss.
After her appearance in ‘Baseball Wives’, Michelle Grace focused more on producing films and TV shows rather than on her acting career. She produced the crime thriller film ‘Narc’ in 2002. The film featured Liotta and Jason Patric in the lead roles. Dan Leis, Lina Giornofelice, Chi McBride, and Karen Robinson also appeared in important roles. The film was based on a murder investigation which loses momentum midway through the investigation. She co-produced the television film ‘Knights of the South Bronx’ in 2005. The drama flick featured Ted Danson, Malcolm David Kelley, Keke Palmer, and Clifton Powell in important roles.
Her next production was the 2006 musical drama ‘Take the Lead’. The film was based on a dance teacher named ‘Pierre Dulaine’ (played by Antonio Banderas), who tries providing the right direction to some disturbed teenagers through dance lessons. The film earned Antonio Banderas a nomination for the Best Actor Award at the Imagen Foundation Awards.
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Family & Personal Life
Michelle Grace was born as Michelle Messer on December 4, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois. She married former Major League Baseball first baseman Mark Eugene Grace in 1988. However, the couple divorced in 1993. Grace later married American actor and film producer Ray Liotta in 1997. The couple has a daughter named Karsen Liotta. After seven years of marriage, they ended their relationship with a divorce in 2004. The two have remained good friends even after their divorce and have also worked together.