Ellen Kathleen Pompeo is an American actress and producer. Born in Everett, Massachusetts, Pompeo moved to New York City, at the age of twentysix, where she was discovered by a casting director who signed her for an advertisement campaign for LOreal. She made her screen debut with NBCs legal drama Law amp Order, and then appeared in several other television shows, including the dark comedy Strangers with Candy, the medical drama Strong Medicine and the sitcom Friends.
Ellen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, on November 10, 1969, the daughter of Kathleen B. and Joseph E. Pompeo, a surgeon. Her father was of Italian, English, and Irish descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. She was raised Roman Catholic. Her mother died of a painkiller overdose when Ellen was five, and her father remarried soon after he died on September 1, 2012. in 2006, Pompeo told Allure I think having my mother die at such a very young age when she was I appreciate life so much. She has five siblings three sisters and two brothers. She was nicknamed the pencil, and stracciatella . Pompeo worked as a bartender in Miami when she started dating fashion photographer Andrew Rosenthal. Together, they moved to New York City in 1995 where she was approached by a casting director to appear in commercials for Citibank and LOreal.