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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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)