Ellen Pompeo News

Ellen was born on November 10, 1969 in Everett, Massachusetts.

She was raised in the working-class Boston-area neighborhood by her father and five siblings (all at least eight years her senior) after her mother passed away when she was four. She later moved to New York's Upper West Side, then to Miami, where she worked as a waitress.

In 1996, she was approached by an agent about appearing in commercials, and subsequently appeared in commercials for Citibank and L'Oreal. Minor roles on TV series and forgettable films followed. Pompeo moved to Los Angeles in 2001 in an attempt to get serious about her acting career. In 2002, her big break came when she was cast in a crucial role in Moonlight Mile.

Her star grew slowly but surely thereafter, with an appearance in Daredevil as Matt Murdock's secretary, then a starring role in Old School as Nicole, the love interest of Mitch (Luke Wilson). She also appeared in Catch Me If You Can alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and guest starred on Law & Order and an episode of Friends.

In 2005 she was set to star in a television pilot called Secret Service, in which she played the head of that organization. That show was shot down by every network, but ABC executives liked her, and her next project, a pilot called Grey's Anatomy, was picked up. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Meredith Grey Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.