Ellen Pompeo is a well-known actress and producer, but she is best known to fans for her role as Dr. Meredith Grey on the successful television series Grey’s Anatomy.
In late 2017, she secured a 20 million dollar annual contract with the American Broadcasting Company, making her one of the best paid television actors in history.
Similarly, since 1995, Ellen Pompeo has been an integral part of the acting community. Just as in real life, her on-screen persona exudes an air of effortless beauty and confident poise.
She is also well-known for her roles in the television shows Coming Soon, Law & Order, and Moonlight Mile.
On November 10, 1969,Ellen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, parents Joseph Edward Pompeo and Kathleen Bernadette Pompeo (née O’Keefe).
Her mother was Irish and her father was of Italian, English, and Irish blood. Throughout her childhood, she attended Catholic school. When Ellen was four years old, her mother passed away from a drug overdose.
Her dad ended up getting remarried, and he passed away on September 1st, 2012. According to an interview Pompeo gave in 2006, “I think seeing my mother die at such a very young age—when she was 39” helped him value life more highly.
She is the youngest of five children; her three older sisters are named Maureen, Kathleen, and Suzanne, while her two older brothers are named John and Michael (Joey and Dean).
The “pencil” and “stracciatella” were two of her many monikers (gelato flavor). In Miami, where she was working as a bartender, she met her future husband.
In 1995, they uprooted to the Big Apple, where she was quickly scouted by casting directors for roles in Citibank and L’Oreal commercials.
What Is Ellen Pompeo’s Net Worth and Salary?
|Age in 2022
|52 years old
|Net Worth In 2022
|$ 80 Million
|50 lakh +
A net worth of $80 million dollars has been estimated for American actress Ellen Pompeo.
Probably the most recognizable part of Ellen Pompeo’s resume is her starring turn as Meredith Grey on the ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”
With the success of that role, Ellen became one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. Between her $550,000 per episode compensation and syndication rights and earnings, she brings in an estimated $20 million annually from the job.
Early Acting Career
Ellen became a bartender in Miami, Florida, perhaps in the mid-1990s. In 1995, she followed her lover to New York in hopes of launching a modeling career.
New York is where she caught the eye of a casting director, who then put her in commercials for companies like Citibank and L’Oreal.
In 1996, she made her first appearance on television on NBC’s “Law & Order.” Her first role in a full-length film was a supporting one in the 1999 picture “Coming Soon.”
She made another appearance on “Law & Order” in the year 2000.
Before making his Hollywood debut in “Mambo Cafe,” Pompeo relocated to Los Angeles in 2001. Getting the role of Jake Gyllenhaal’s sympathetic love interest in the 2002 film “Moonlight Mile” was a turning point in her career.
Many observers felt she deserved an Oscar consideration for her performance. She had an appearance in “Catch Me If You Can” in 2002.
She made her big screen debut in the 2003 Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell comedy, “Old School.”
Later, she played Naomi, Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend, in the 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” however her scenes were ultimately removed. When “Daredevil” was released in 2003, Pompeo portrayed Karen Page.
In 2003, Pompeo and Chris Ivery first crossed paths in a Los Angeles supermarket. After being friends for 6 months, they decided to take the next step and eventually married in 2007, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg serving as an official witness.
Between them, they’ve managed to have three children: two daughters and a son.
Pompeo has slammed the media for spreading stories about her alleged eating disorder.
She expressed concern for the young women who look up to her in an interview published in the July/August 2007 issue of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, saying,
“I don’t want them to believe I starve myself or don’t eat, and that to be like me that’s what they have to do.”
In a 2016 US election advertisement supporting Hillary Clinton, Pompeo appeared alongside Shonda Rhimes and the stars of Rhimes’ ABC Thursday line-up dramas, Scandal’s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis, drawing parallels between Clinton and the shows’ protagonists.
All three of the actresses in the video agree that Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating, and Meredith Grey are “smart” and “complex” for standing up for what’s right and speaking up for the voiceless.
Each member of the creative team—Rhimes, Davis, Pompeo, and Washington—takes a turn praising Clinton before concluding, “Our characters are on television; the real world has Hillary Clinton.”
Clinton tweeted in response to the video, “That’s what I call a stacked lineup. Many thanks for contributing to the success of our group!”
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