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Ellen Pompeo Bio
Ellen Pompeo (born November 10, 1969) is an American Actress. She rose to fame for her portrayal of Dr. Meredith Grey in the long-running hit ABC medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy (2005–present). The role earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama nomination in 2007 including many more accolades. She has also appeared in the films Moonlight Mile (2002), Old School (2003), and Daredevil (2003).
After meeting boyfriend, fashion photographer Andrew Rosenthal, and serving cocktails in Miami for more than two years, Pompeo moved to New York City for her acting career. She began working in commercials and small independent films. Pompeo made her television debut in 1996 by guest-starring in the NBC legal police drama, Law & Order. She made her feature film debut in Coming Soon (1999), playing a small part. She made her second appearance on Law & Order in 2000, and then guest-starred on Strangers with Candy, Strong Medicine and Friends. Pompeo then moved to Los Angeles in 2001. She participated in the movie Mambo Café with Thalía. A turning point came in 2002, when she was selected by director Brad Silberling for a lead role in his film Moonlight Mile, playing Jake Gyllenhaal’s character’s sympathetic love interest. Also in 2002, Pompeo appeared in the biographical crime drama film Catch Me If You Can and in 2003, she appeared in Old School as Luke Wilson’s love interest. She portrayed Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend, Naomi, in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Although her scenes were cut from that film, she felt grateful that director Michel Gondry selected her for his film. She also played the role of Karen Page in the 2003 Marvel Entertainment film Daredevil.
Grey’s Anatomy and other works
Pompeo landed her first major role in 2005 on the ABC medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes. She plays the title character and series’ protagonist, Meredith Grey, a surgical intern at a prestigious hospital. In 2011, she was named the ninth highest paid television Actress, earning $7 million. Grey’s Anatomy was a breakout hit in 2005, and in later seasons the highest-rated television drama in the key 18–49 demographic. She signed a new contract for Grey’s Anatomy in 2011 that increased her salary to US$200,000 per episode. On May 10, 2012, it was announced that she signed a contract for two more seasons. She was named the eighth highest paid television Actress in 2012, earning $9 million. She extended her contract for two more years, which would have her involved with the show until its 12th season. As of 2013, she earns $350,000 per episode plus millions from syndication.
Pompeo has been nominated for multiple awards for her performances in Grey’s Anatomy. She and the Grey’s Anatomy cast won Best Ensemble in a Television Series at the 2006 Satellite Awards. During the following year’s ceremony, she was named Best Actress in a Television Drama Series. She was among the Grey’s Anatomy cast members awarded the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series accolade at the 13th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and received nominations in the same category in 2006 and 2008. Pompeo received a Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series nomination at the 64th Golden Globe Awards – the program won Best Drama Series at the same ceremony. Also in 2007, Pompeo and the female cast and crew of Grey’s Anatomy received the Women in Film Lucy Award, which honors those “whose work in television has positively influenced attitudes toward women.” Her performance has garnered two People’s Choice Award nominations. At the 37th People’s Choice Awards, she was nominated against Dempsey and Oh in the Favorite TV Doctor category, and the following year, she was a contender in the Favorite TV Drama Actress category. In 2007, show-business awards reporter Tom O’Neil commented that Pompeo was overdue an Emmy Award nomination for her role in Grey’s Anatomy. Readers of O’Neil’s awards website, The Envelope, included Pompeo in their 2009 nominations for Best Drama Actress in the site’s Gold Derby TV Awards.
On October 13, 2007, Pompeo was honored by the National Italian American Foundation for her achievement in entertainment at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C. On October 27, 2011, Deadline.com reported that Pompeo had launched her own production company called Calamity Jane which sold its first project to ABC, an untitled show about female agents on the Secretary of State’s security detail On August 2014, it was announced that Pompeo was developing two dramas with ABC Studios – adaptation of Rachel Carey’s 2013 novel Debt for ABC Family, and untitled female police drama for ABC.
In September 2014, Pompeo announced that she will not be acting after Grey’s Anatomy ends its run. Pompeo said: “I definitely don’t have a strong desire to act after Grey’s. I definitely feel myself transitioning. I don’t find acting terribly empowering.”
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