Ellen Pompeo – Grey’s anatomy – Pick me, choose me, love me

Ellen Pompeo – Grey’s anatomy – Pick me, choose me, love me

Happy birthday to Ellen Pompeo, 48 today.

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo, born November 10, 1969 is an Italian – American actress and producer. Born in Everett, Massachusetts, Pompeo moved to New York City at 26 where she was discovered by a casting director who signed her for an advertisement campaign for L’Oreal. She made her screen debut with NBC’s legal drama Law & Order, and then guest-starred in other television shows, including the comedy Strangers with Candy, the medical drama Strong Medicine and the sitcom Friends.

 

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, the daughter of Kathleen B. (née O’Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo. Her father was of Italian, English, and Irish descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. She was raised Roman Catholic. Her mother died of a painkiller overdose when Ellen was five, and her father remarried soon after; he died on September 1, 2012.

 

Pompeo landed her first major role in 2005 on the ABC medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes. She plays the title character and series’ protagonist, Meredith Grey, a surgical intern at a prestigious hospital. In 2011, she was named the ninth highest paid TV actress, by Forbes, earning $7 million. Grey’s Anatomy was a breakout hit in 2005, and was well received by television critics. At the time of the show’s inception, Pompeo received positive feedback for her performance, with Newsday’s Diane Werts writing, “star Ellen Pompeo’s newly minted Dr. Grey conveys such substance that you simply can’t stop watching.” Grey’Anatomy is now in its 12th season.

 

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