Ellen Pompeo

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Ellen Pompeo
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Pompeo at the premiere of 27 Dresses, January 7, 2008
BornEllen Kathleen Pompeo
(1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 44)
Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Chris Ivery (m. 2007)
ChildrenStella Luna
 
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Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo LF.JPG
Pompeo at the premiere of 27 Dresses, January 7, 2008
BornEllen Kathleen Pompeo
(1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 44)
Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Chris Ivery (m. 2007)
ChildrenStella Luna

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo (/pʌmˈpɛ/; born November 10, 1969) is an American actress, best known for her role as Meredith Grey in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2005–present). In 2007, this role earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama nomination. In film, she appeared in Moonlight Mile (2002), Old School (2003), and Daredevil (2003).

Early life[edit]

Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, the daughter of Kathleen B. (née O'Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo, a salesman.[1][2] Her father was of Italian, English, and Irish descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry.[3][4] She was raised Roman Catholic.[5][6] Her mother died of a painkiller overdose when Ellen was four, and her father remarried soon after. Her father died on September 1, 2012.[7] She has five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. She was nicknamed the pencil, and Stracciatella (an icecream flavor).[8]

Career[edit]

Pompeo began her career with minor roles on television shows such as Strangers with Candy, Friends and Law & Order and others. Pompeo moved to Los Angeles in 2001. She participated in the movie Mambo Café[9] with Thalía. A turning point came when she was selected by director Brad Silberling in 2002 for a role in his film Moonlight Mile playing Jake Gyllenhaal's sympathetic love interest. In 2002, Pompeo appeared in Catch Me If You Can and in 2003, Old School. Television guest roles include two episodes of Law & Order and an episode of Friends. She portrayed Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend, Naomi, in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Although her scenes were cut from the film, she felt grateful that director Michel Gondry chose her to appear in his film.[10]

Pompeo landed her first major role in 2005, on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy, which is now in its tenth season,[11] as the title character, Meredith Grey, a surgical resident at a prestigious hospital. In 2011, she was named the ninth highest paid television actress, earning $7 million.[12] In 2011, she signed a new contract for Grey's Anatomy that increased her salary to US$200,000 per episode. On May 10, 2012, it was announced that she signed a contract for two more seasons. In 2012, she was named the eighth highest paid television actress, earning $9 million. She has extended her contract for two more years which would have her involved with the show until the 12th season.[13]

On October 13, 2007, Pompeo was honored by the National Italian American Foundation for her achievement in entertainment at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C.[14] On October 27, 2011, Deadline.com reported that Pompeo had launched her own production company called Calamity Jane which sold its first project to ABC, an untitled show about female agents on the Secretary of State's security detail[15]

Personal life[edit]

Pompeo married music producer Chris Ivery on November 9, 2007. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was the legal witness to the ceremony.[16] She gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Stella Luna, on September 15, 2009.[17] She has a house in the Hamptons, a house in Los Angeles, California, and a house in Malibu, California.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
19998 ½ x 11Human Resources WomanShort film
1999Coming SoonUpset Girl
2000Eventual WifeBethShort film
2000In the WeedsMartha
2000Mambo CaféStacy
2002Moonlight MileBertie Knox
2002Catch Me If You CanMarci
2003Old SchoolNicole
2003DaredevilKaren Page
2003UndermindFlynn
2004Nobody's PerfectVeronicaShort film
2004Art HeistSandra Walker
2004Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindNaomiScenes deleted
2005Life of the PartyPhoebe Elgin

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Law & OrderJenna WeberEpisode: "Savior"
1999Strangers With CandyLizzie AbramsEpisode: "Feather in the Storm"
2000Law & OrderLaura KendrickEpisode: "Fools for Love"
2000Get RealNina AdlerEpisode: "History Lessons"
2001The JobSueEpisode: "Anger"
2001Strong MedicineQuincy DunneEpisode: "Wednesday Night Fever"
2004FriendsMissy GoldbergEpisode: "The One Where the Stripper Cries"
2005–presentGrey's AnatomyDr. Meredith GreySeries regular, also narrator

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearResultAwardCategoryFilm or series
2005NominatedTeen Choice AwardChoice TV- Breakout FemaleGrey's Anatomy
2006NominatedScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy
2006NominatedTeen Choice AwardTV- Choice ActressGrey's Anatomy
2006WonSatellite AwardBest Ensemble in TelevisionGrey's Anatomy
2007NominatedGolden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaGrey's Anatomy
2007WonScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy
2007WonSatellite AwardBest Actress – Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy
2007WonNational Italian American FoundationSpecial Achievement in Entertaining
2008NominatedScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy
2009NominatedGold Derby TV AwardBest Drama Actress -TelevisionGrey's Anatomy
2010NominatedPeople's Choice AwardFavorite TV DoctorGrey's Anatomy
2011NominatedPeople's Choice AwardFavorite TV Drama ActressGrey's Anatomy
2012NominatedGold Derby TV AwardBest Drama Actress -TelevisionGrey's Anatomy
2012NominatedPeople's Choice AwardFavorite TV Drama ActressGrey's Anatomy
2013WonPeople's Choice AwardFavorite TV Drama ActressGrey's Anatomy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellen Pompeo Quietly Weds in New York – Weddings, Ellen Pompeo : People.com
  2. ^  Posted by Andrea at 12:29 pm. "Ellen Pompeo's Father Dies". Bitten and Bound. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Obituaries 09-13-2012 | Charlestown Patriot-Bridge". Charlestownbridge.com. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  4. ^ "Descendants of Mary Coffey and Dennis O'Keefe:Information about Ellen Pompeo". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. 1969-11-10. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  5. ^ The Inner Actor: Ellen Pompeo: strength and tenacity from a challenging early life
  6. ^ ELLENPOMPEO.NET – Ellen Pompeo Fansite
  7. ^ Posted on Sep 6, 2012 @ 6:00AM (2012-09-06). "Actress Ellen Pompeo’s Father Passes Away". Radar Online. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  8. ^ Bried, Erin: "Anatomy lesson", Self, February 2006
  9. ^ Spanish Wikipedia link to movie "Mambo Café"
  10. ^ Bochroch, Judy: "Anatomy of a Late Bloomer", Allure, December 2006
  11. ^ Ellen Pompeo Series 6 Interview
  12. ^ "Forbes Ranks The 2011 Highest Paid TV Actresses". Huffington Post. September 28, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ "2012 Highest Paid TV Actresses - Forbes Galleries". Galleries.forbes.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  14. ^ NIAF 32nd Anniversary Convention and Gala
  15. ^ "‘Grey’s’ Star Ellen Pompeo Launches Prod. Company, Sells First Project To ABC" October 27, 2011, Deadline.com
  16. ^ "Ellen Pompeo Quietly Weds in New York" People, November 14, 2007
  17. ^ "Exclusive: Ellen Pompeo Welcomes a Baby Girl!" US Magazine, September 23, 2009
  18. ^ http://tv.yahoo.com/news/ellen-pompeo-breaks-silence-isaiah-washington-katherine-heigl-145819135.html

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