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
and Zoe 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.