Like the Rest of Us, Kate Burton Wonders What Becomes of Ellis Grey

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If you happen to bump into Kate Burton after watching Grey's Anatomy tonight, don't tell her what happens.

The Boston Globe reports that the actress, who plays mom to Boston-area native Ellen Pompeo on the ABC show, doesn't have TiVo, and will be in Boston tonight, starring in "The Cherry Orchard" at the Huntington Theatre.

But the Broadway star and Emmy-nominated portrayer of Alzheimer's-afflicted Dr. Ellis Grey knows there's something big in store.

"There are some big surprises. I can tell you that this is the one episode where you will see more of [me] than you've ever seen before," Burton told the Globe. "But we really don't know where it goes. They don't tell us, so we won't tell all of you."

In her downtime, the daughter of Richard Burton and Sybil Williams said she's been flying back and forth to L.A. to see her husband, former Williamstown (Mass.) Theatre Festival producer Michael Ritchie.

We're looking forward to seeing the talented Burton's return to Grey's Anatomy tonight, and learning where that story line leads.

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Such a great show, it's so addictive!


ps. poor richard! he was so upset and all he needed was ellis.


Kate Burton plays a great Ellis, i just dont like how she treats Meredith. I mean telling your daughter thats she just ordinary, that would rip anyone apart. i like how they brought her back into the afterlife scene, and how she told meredith thats shes anything but ordinary! that was so cutee :] meredith seriously deserved her mother telling her that, and it saved her! im so happy meredith didnt die though, but ellis dieing sucks though.


Got here and seen your stuff - way to go!


I have to admit having someone "come back" from Alzheimer's is a big departure from reality to me, but I still have no problem enjoying just about any story they come up with on GA. I really don't mind if it means suspending reality for an hour. I would love to see sparks between Ellis & Richard--he is too sexy to waste without a love interest. I love his voice.


She is a wonderful actress and I'm looking forward to seeing more of her in tonight's episode. It's great because this gives Jim Pickens more time on-screen as well. I really enjoy when he's in scenes; he's very easy to watch--I don't know how else to phrase it. He brings a lot of credibility to the show.


How nice to learn something more about Kate Burton. She has been so convincing as Meredith's mother Ellis Grey. I am iinterested to see where her relationship with Richard goes. I've wondered ever since the episode when Ellis was at Seattle Grace and Burke was in her room and she called him Richard and told him he was a beautiful man, if Burke actually knows about Richard and Ellis or if he thinks it was just ramblings of a woman with Alzheimers. I also wonder if Adele is now gone for good or if she will be reappearing.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.