Ellen Pompeo: biography and latest news!

    Ellen Pompeo © Agency
    Ellen Pompeo © Agency

  • Occupation : actress
  • Sign : Scorpio
  • Date of birth: Monday, November 10, 1969 (age: 51)
  • Country: United States

Born on November 10, 1969 in Everett, Massachusetts, daughter of Joseph Pompeo, a tobacco salesman of Italian origin and Kathleen Pompeo, a stay-at-home mother of Irish origin, Ellen Pompeo is the youngest of six children. She was only 4 years old when her mother died of a drug overdose. The little girl grew up in Boston’s immigrant neighborhood, was raised by her father, assisted by her grandmother, her older sisters…three generations came together under the same roof. She owes her first cinematic memories to her grandmother who introduced her to Hollywood stars from Bette Davis to Marilyn Monroe. At the age of 20, she decided to leave Boston and dreamed of acting, but there were not many casting offers. Living in New York, she sorts the mail in a post office to pay her bills.

In 1996, while working as a waitress in a New York bar, an agent noticed this slender young woman, nicknamed The pencil by her boss. Ellen Pompeo then begins to pass some castings and gets a small role in a police series, New York, police judiciaire. After a few appearances, little noticed, she decides to move to Los Angeles to try her luck.

In 2002, her career took off again when she got one of the lead roles in the feature film Moonlight Mile alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon. But from stealthy roles (Arrête-moi si tu peux, Back to school) to roles directly cut during editing (Daredevil, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the actress’s journey is laborious. Her perseverance pays off, in 2004, Ellen Pompeo receives the script of a project for a new medical series, Grey’s Anatomy. The young woman slips into the coat of intern Meredith Grey and contributes to the enormous success of the series since 2005. She receives the People’s Choice Award for Best Actress in 2013.

On the private side, Ellen Pompeo has been married to music producer Chris Ivery since November 2007. On September 15, 2009, the couple celebrates the birth of their first child, a girl named Stella Luna. The family expanded in August 2014 with the arrival of a second little girl, Sienna May, born of a surrogate mother, as revealed by the actress on her Twitter account a few weeks later. In December 2016, Ellen Pompeo announced on social networks the arrival of a little boy in the family, named Eli Christopher.