When you watch Ellen Pompeo on TV, there are things you notice instantly and one of those key things is that she is super talented. The actress embraces this fact and is quite aware that she’s excellent at acting. What’s more inspiring about the American star is how she commenced her career without having to struggle so much for fame. Now that she is widely popular and is among the most renowned TV actresses, she has spread her tentacles to include directing and producing.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born into a bi-racial family on November 10, 1969, in Everett, Massachusetts. There’s no much information about her educational background or childhood but it is known that she became part of the entertainment industry in 1995 when she was discovered by a casting director to feature in different ads for Citibank and L’Oreal. This was after working for a while in Miami as a barmaid and deciding to move to New York with her ex-boyfriend Andrew Rosenthal, a fashion photographer.
She has come a long way and is now known as one of the most prominent individuals in the film industry with many new things added to her portfolio, from directing to producing and starring in high budgets TV shows such as Law & Order, Grey’s Anatomy, and Friends.
Other outstanding film roles of Ellen are in Old School, Daredevil, Art Heist, Life of The Party, amongst others. The talented icon has equally been rewarded with many notable awards for her excellence including being nominated for a Golden Globe award as well as winning a Screen Actors Guild Award.
After gracing our screens and changing the game to become one of the most popular American film stars with TV shows such as Strangers with Candy, Law & Order and Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen has dominated the list of highest paid stars. In 2016, she was ranked 4th in Forbes list of highest paid TV actresses with her income estimated at 14.5 million dollars. In 2018, she became the third highest paid female and the fifth highest paid actor with her income placed at $23.5 million. She was also named the highest paid actor from a drama series on the list.
In late 2017, she signed a $20 million yearly contract with American Broadcasting Company and that, of course, meant more income. Her total income is now estimated at $35 million and she earned a better part of that amount from playing Dr. Meredith Grey in the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. This is something that most people find motivating, especially women who are speaking up to get the same pay as men in all industries.
Ellen Pompeo Husband, Kids, and Family
The name of Ellen’s father is Joseph E.Pompeo. He was of English and Irish heritage. Her mother Kathleen B. Pompeo was also of Irish origin. Ellen grew up with five older siblings; three sisters and two brothers. Her siblings include Maureen, Kathleen, Suzanne, Joey, and Dean. The family of eight practiced Catholic religion. Sadly, Ellen’s mother passed away untimely when Ellen was only five. Her death was caused by a painkiller overdose. Her father who couldn’t cope alone remarried shortly after Kathleen’s death. He lived in harmony with his new wife for years but died in 2012.
Ellen Pompeo is married to Chris Ivery. The two apparently met while shopping in a Los Angeles grocery store in 2003. Of course, the two didn’t discuss anything love immediately their paths crossed the first time. As the story goes, they stayed good friends since there were no sparks flying between them at that time. But it’s pretty impressive that they saved each other contact all those years as they started dating in 2007, five years after their meeting.
The same year they began dating, they tied the knot with the New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg witnessing the ceremony. The two have been married since then and they have three kids (two girls and a boy) together. Their first child was born in 2009 and their second daughter was welcomed by the family in 2014 through a surrogate mother. The couple welcomed their third child, a boy named Eli Christopher in 2016.
Ellen’s Height and Weight
It’s hard to imagine someone as beautiful and hardworking as Ellen Pompeo to have weight issues but because she is just like the rest of us, she has had a fair share of such issue to worry about.
Amazingly, she puts as much effort as she puts in her career to stay in shape via a good diet and exercise regimen, thus sustaining her 57 kg (126 pounds) weight even after having kids. Other notable body measurements of the 5 ft 7 inches tall star include:
Breast Size: 92 cm (36 in)
Waist Size: 66 cm (26 in)
Hips: 92 cm (36 in)
Shoe Size: 9 US (39 EU)
Dress Size: 6 US (36 EU)