Shonda Rhimes

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Herself - Creator & Executive Producer on The Writers' Room

Born:

1/13/1970, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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  • Although she is best known as the Creator and Executive Producer of ABC's popular medical drama Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, Rhimes is a versatile writer, who had already achieved a significant level of success before the show was conceived. Most notably, Rhimes wrote the screenplay for the HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. This TV movie was nominated for numerous awards and earned Halle Berry a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Best Actress in a Miniseries for her portrayal of Dandridge. Rhimes has also written the screenplays for several teen oriented films. These include Crossroads, starring Britney Spears andZoe Saldana, and the Disney feature film Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement, starring Julie Andrews.

    A versatile talent, Rhimes served as research director on the documentary, Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. This documentary was nominated for an Emmy and an Academy Award and won a Peabody Award and the NAACP Image Award.

    Shonda attended Marian Catholic High School, Dartmouth College. In 1991, she graduated from Ivy League Dartmouth College in New Hampshire with a a BA in English Literature. While a student, she was active in the theater community, serving as director of the Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association. She later received her MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television, where she was awarded the prestigious and coveted Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship.moreless

    Gender:

    Female

    Birth Place:

    Chicago, Illinois, USA

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    • Shonda: College changed me in many ways. Dartmouth is where I grew up, began to truly experience life and think of myself as a citizen of the larger world. It's where I began to feel true confidence in myself as a writer. It's where I discovered theater; it's where I discovered ME.

    • Shonda: I joke that I have one daughter and nine actors, not because actors are children in any way, but because you want to create that same nurturing environment where they can grow and work.

    • Shonda: (describing "Grey's Anatomy") It is a chick show. I'm sorry, but at the end of the day it's a chick show because it's a show I want to watch, and I have no problem with that.

    • Shonda: (on having themes in "Grey's Anatomy") We absolutely start with [one]. I think a theme unifies the whole piece, affects the medical stories, affects the fun stuff going on with the characters. Obviously Meredith's voice-over is all about the theme.

    • Shonda: Medical school was one of my options. That now seems laughable since I am a germophobe and science-challenged.

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    • Having created Grey's Anatomy, Shonda became the first African-American woman to write and produce a top-rated TV show.

    • Shonda grew up in University Park, a southern suburb of Chicago.

    • Shonda comes from a family of storytellers who are obsessed with reading. She herself reads various types of books -- from trashy novels to serious literature.

    • As an alumna of Darthmouth, Shonda often makes references to her school in her scripts. She wrote for the college paper and was a member of and a director of BUTA (Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association) and other theater groups.

    • In May 2007, Shonda was recognized as one of the Time 100 people who help shape the world.

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