Kathleen Pompeo

by anupama Wed Jul 28 2021 Updated On Wed Jul 28 2021

Kathleen Pompeo was the mother of American actress and producer Ellen Kathleen Pompeo. She was born and brought up in Everett, Massachusetts

More about Kathleen

Even though Kathleen was from Everett, Massachusetts, her family migrated from Ireland to the United States for better opportunities. 

She was from a strict Catholic family and had strong beliefs. She was born on March 20, 1934

Kathleen’s marriage

Kathleen was married to a man named Joseph E. Pompeo. He was of Italian, English, and Irish descent. He was born in the year 1933

Kathleen Pompeo's ex-husband Joseph E. Pompeo and daughter Ellen Pompeo
Kathleen Pompeo's ex-husband Joseph E. Pompeo and daughter Ellen Pompeo. Source: Pinterest

He was brought up and raised in Everett, Massachusetts. The information about their relationship background is limited. They married in the late 1950s.

Kathleen’s children

Kathleen and Joseph were blessed with five together. The couple had their first daughter and named her Maureen Pompeo

Similarly, the pair were blessed with another daughter and was named after Kathleen herself. Their third daughter was named Suzanne

On November 10, 1969, the pair were again blessed with a daughter, and they named her Ellen Pompeo. As of 2021, Ellen is fifty-one years old. 

After having four daughters, the couple was blessed with two sons. They were named Joey Pompeo and Dean Pompeo.

Kathleen Pompeo's daughter's Ellen Pompeo and Maureen Pompeo
Kathleen Pompeo's daughter's Ellen Pompeo and Maureen Pompeo. Source: Pinterest

Kathleen’s addiction

Kathleen started using drugs when she was just sixteen years old, and she was heavily involved in it. 

When she was just a young teenager, she got into a car accident. She was driving a car that was hit by a drunk driver. 

Kathleen was thrown twenty-seven meters into the air, which broke every bone of her body. 

Due to this, she was put on Morphine in the hospital, which made her addicted to drugs. 

While coming out of the hospital, she had chronic back pain with three slipped disks. 

This made her very hard to handle the pain and suffering. This incident led her to consume even more drugs to manage her pain. 

Death of Kathleen

In the year 1973, Kathleen lost her life. The reason for her demise was an accidental painkiller overdose. 

Her daughter Ellen was just four years old when she left this world. This incident made Ellen stronger. She also shared that it made her appreciate life even more. 

Husband’s marriage

After Kathleen’s death, her husband Joseph married another woman. Her name was Sheila Lubell Pompeo

Their wedding took place in the year 1974, just after one year of Kathleen’s death. 

Her daughter Ellen shared that the reason for her father’s marriage was to have someone to take care of them. 

Kathleen’s children were small and needed a mother figure to guide them. 

Husband’s death

Kathleen’s spouse died on September 6, 2012

He peacefully passed away on Saturday at 7 am besides his children, at his home in Massachusetts at the age of seventy-nine years old. 

His funeral was held on Friday, September 2012, in the Immaculate Conception Church. He was buried at the Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Net Worth

The educational qualification, career, and professional life of Kathleen were never disclosed. 

The net worth of her daughter Ellen is structured below:

Net WorthSources
$80 millionActor, producer, media personality


  • Kathleen Pompeo was just thirty-nine years old when she left this world.
  • Her nationality was American.
  • Her ethnicity was Irish

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