Ellen Pompeo Given NIAF Special Achievement Award

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The lovely Ellen Pompeo attended the 32nd annual National Italian American Foundation Gala in Washington, D.C. and received a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Entertainment for her portrayal of Dr. Meredith Grey.

She joined director Martin Scorsese at the gala, as well as Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Mary Margaret Valenti, the widow of Jack Velenti (president of the Motion Picture Association of America).

Three Cheers for Ellen
Ellen Smiles
Ellen at the NIAF Awards

Click here for more photos of Ellen Pompeo at the event. It's always great to see this terrific Grey's Anatomy actress and person honored!

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ellen..beautiful as always. she reminds me of diane lane in these pictures. both of them are more and more beautiful everyday. :)
good job ellen! :)

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She is a true class act. so gorgeous and humble and wonderful. What a group to be honored with.
Must have been a great night for Ellen. Love her smile, it's full of warmth and love. Congrats Ellen.

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When she smiles she reminds me of my best friend Kristin and it makes me smile. She looks so great here.

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Congrats! You deserve it.

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Ellen always looks elegant and classy without overdoing it. Stunning girl. Well done. Love her. She never seeks publicity like some people..ahem...read next story

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That's soooooo much better than an Emmy you imagine meeting Martin Scorsese. Italian class!!!

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AAAAAAAAA ELLEN LOOKS AMAAAAAZING!
CONGRATULATIONS ELLEN. what a geat honor.
she is stunning. I LOVE HER.
thank you.

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