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Ellen Hart Pena

Born: May 19, 1958

Nationality: United States

Ellen Hart Pena

Date of Birth : May 19, 1958

Ellen Hart Pena is a former world-class runner and lawyer. She is notable for going public about her bulimia. She competed in the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000 meter run and the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon. She earned her A.B. from Harvard University in 1980 and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law. From 1990 to 1992, she served as Executive Director of the Community Action Program at the University of Denver, a service learning program. She worked as an attorney with the Denver firm of Morrison and Foerster from 1988 to 1990. She was married to Federico Pena. Federico was the Mayor of Denver from 1983 to 1991 and the United States Secretary of Transportation from 1993 to 1997, during Bill Clinton's presidency. He also served as the United States Secretary of Energy from 1997 to 1998. The couple had three children together and were divorced in 2001. Pena is most known for the 1996 made-for-TV movie based on her life. The film was called Dying to be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story and she was portrayed by Crystal Bernard.

Also known as

  • Ellen Hart Pena


  • Federico Peña
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