Happy Belated Birthday, Ellen Pompeo!

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The Grey's Anatomy Insider staff would like to extend belated birthday wishes to the lovely, talented woman who literally puts the Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo, who celebrated her 38th birthday Saturday, November 10.

A native of the Boston area, Pompeo achieved modest fame with a variety of film roles before starring as Meredith Grey and becoming a household name - not to mention a Golden Globe award nominee and Screen Actors Guild award winner.

Now 38 years young, Ellen Pompeo lives in L.A. with her fiance, Chris Ivery, and their two dogs. Here's hoping we are treated to many more seasons of watching Ellen on Grey's Anatomy as the conflicted and complex title character.

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Patrick and Ellen on the Set

Despite her rise to fame, Ellen Pompeo remains one of the more down to earth stars in Hollywood, and certainly among the most liked by readers of our site. We wish her the best, belatedly, on her birthday and thank her for her work on Grey's Anatomy!

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I wonder what Patrick did for Ellen's birthday...I'm sure it was a big hug and kiss before she left the studio on Friday...what'cha think? I do love that pic of Der/Mer above. I love to see pics of them when they are offscreen together..basically they act the same off or onscreen because they have the best tv couple chemistry of anyone I have ever seen!

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Happy birthday Ellen! Hope you had a great day!
Ellen is my favourite on Grey's. Just love Meredith!!!
Happy birthday to hafsa and Sam123 too ;-)))

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Happy birthday Ellen! she will always be my favourite on Grey's. She plays Meredith so well even though it must be hard sometimes! Anyway i'm goin off topic here but i'll share anyway. My sister never watched Grey's before and couldn't understand why i liked it. She was bored this weekend so i put on the first season of Grey's. She got so addicted she watched all the episodes. When she first saw derek and meredith just talkin in the stairwell in the first epi she was like oh my god their chemistry is too huge. Even back then. She said are they like together in real life. She never saw anythin like it and said they're so into one another its not even funny. Then i downloaded Kung Fu Fighting on my computer and showed her what they're like now. It was that little intense scene in the oncall room. She was like well they haven't lost it anyway. I just thought i'd share that

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Mine too! Yay for November 10! happy Birthday!

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Happy birthday ellen and many happy returns. My birthday was the same day as ellen's.

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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.