Ellen Pompeo
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When we think of Pompeo, we think of one show: “Grey’s Anatomy,” for which she’s starred for all 16 seasons, is signed for a 17th and has helped make it TV’s longest-running medical drama. And while she has branched out within the series — as producer and occasional director — Pompeo has remained the show’s face, and it’s paid off. She’s now the third-highest-paid actress on TV, says Forbes, at $23.5 million annually. Plus, she gets a cut of the backend and a producer fee on “Grey’s” spinoff “Station 19,” on which she’s guested. Still, while those moves are smart indeed, they haven’t quite packed the other kind of prize: She landed a single Golden Globe nomination back in 2007 and no Emmys thus far.


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For 16 seasons, Ellen Pompeo has played Dr. Meredith Grey on "Grey’s Anatomy," one of the most empowered heroines on network TV. The head of surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital has demonstrated poise during the most complicated surgical procedures and unthinkable tragedies, but last month the coronavirus brought production of her ABC medical drama to a standstill.Like most TV shows, "Grey’s Anatomy" had to stop rolling its cameras in March for the safety of its cast and crew. As...


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