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Shonda Rhimes

Biography

Screenwriter, manufacturer, and director who all notably created the successful ABC Television shows Grey’s Anatomy, Personal Practice, and Scandal. She’s been nominated for multiple Emmy Honours and in 2007 she gained a Golden World for her focus on Grey’s Anatomy. She examined at Dartmouth University prior to getting her first work in tv. She received the Gary Rosenberg Composing Fellowship Prize from USC’s Film College for being near the top of her course and she composed the screenplay for the 2002 Brittany Spears film Crossroads. She’s three kids, Harper, Emerson, and Beckett. Professional Patrick Dempsey starred on her behalf hit present, Grey’s Anatomy.

Quick Facts


Full Name Shonda Rhimes
Date Of Birth January 13, 1970
Place Of Birth Chicago, IL
Profession Screenwriter
Education University of Southern California, Dartmouth College, Marian Catholic High School
Nationality American
Children Emerson Pearl Rhimes, Harper Rhimes, Beckett Rhimes
Parents Vera Rhimes, Ilee Rhimes
Awards Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, DGA Diversity Award, Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement, GLAAD Media Golden Gate Award, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series, Producers Guild of America Award - Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Drama, TV Land Future Classic Award, Glamour Woman of the Year Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto-biography, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Dramatic Series, Shorty Award for Director, Audie Audiobook of the Year
Movies The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Crossroads, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
TV Shows The Writers' Room, Private Practice, Gilded Lilys, A corazón abierto, Off the Map, Seattle Grace: Message of Hope, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Inside the Box
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Her professional output is responsible for an estimated 70 hours of television per season.
2Shed 117lbs in a weight loss program. [2016]
3Is a big fan of Game of Thrones (2011).
4Suffers from fear of public speaking (glossophobia).
5In 2013, she and her Shondaland company partner Betsy Beers were named co-winners of the 2014 Directors Guild of America Diversity Award.
6Has 3 daughters: two adopted daughters are named Harper Rhimes (b.2002) & Emerson Pearl Rhimes (b.February 1, 2012) and another one daughter named Beckett Rhimes (b.September 2013) who was born via surrogate mother.
7On the first day in September 2001 that she moved into a rental house in Vermont as a quiet place to finish a movie script, the World Trade Center was attacked, which prompted Rhimes to reassess her future and her goals. She decided her top priority was to adopt a child and nine months later she did, with daughter Harper, and became a single mother. Emerson followed in 2012.
8Worked for few years as a film-development assistant before selling her first script.
9Maintains two rooms across from her studio for her two children.
10After graduating from Dartmouth, she read a news article that claimed that getting into USC's film school was harder than getting into Harvard Law School, so she elected to take on the more competitive challenge.
11Rhimes is the youngest of six children of a PhD teacher/mother and a father who is now chief information officer at the University of Southern California.
12She has a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth (1991) and a master of fine arts (MFA) from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television.
13She is the youngest in her family and has three sisters and two brothers.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ScandalTV Series created by - 71 episodes, 2012 - 2015 written by - 9 episodes, 2012 - 2015
Grey's AnatomyTV Series 1 episode, 2015 created by - 244 episodes, 2005 - 2015 written by - 26 episodes, 2005 - 2015
Scandal: The Secret Is Out2013TV Movie creator
Private PracticeTV Series created by - 112 episodes, 2007 - 2013 written by - 11 episodes, 2007 - 2013
A corazón abierto2011TV Series story - 1 episode
Open-Hearted2010TV Series story - 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy: Come Rain or Shine2007TV Movie creator
Grey's Anatomy: Every Moment Counts2007TV Movie creator
Grey's Anatomy: Complications of the Heart2006TV Movie creator
Grey's Anatomy: Under Pressure2006TV Movie creator
Grey's Anatomy: Straight to the Heart2006TV Movie creator
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement2004screenplay / story
Crossroads2002/Iwritten by
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge1999TV Movie teleplay
Blossoms and Veils1998Short writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
LawlessTV Movie executive producer announced
Show & TellTV Movie executive producer announced
Untitled Dana Calvo ProjectTV Movie executive producer announced
Untitled Shonda Rhimes ComedyTV Movie executive producer announced
The Catch2016TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
Grey's Anatomy2005-2015TV Series executive producer - 244 episodes
How to Get Away with Murder2014-2015TV Series executive producer - 15 episodes
Scandal2012-2014TV Series executive producer - 46 episodes
Scandal: The Secret Is Out2013TV Movie executive producer
Private Practice2007-2013TV Series executive producer - 112 episodes
Gilded Lilys2013TV Movie executive producer
Off the Map2011TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
Seattle Grace: Message of Hope2010TV Series producer
Seattle Grace: On Call2009TV Series producer
Inside the Box2009TV Movie executive producer
Grey's Anatomy: Come Rain or Shine2007TV Movie executive producer
Grey's Anatomy: Every Moment Counts2007TV Movie executive producer
Grey's Anatomy: Complications of the Heart2006TV Movie executive producer
Grey's Anatomy: Under Pressure2006TV Movie executive producer
Grey's Anatomy: Straight to the Heart2006TV Movie executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blossoms and Veils1998Short

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mindy Project2014TV SeriesShonda Rhimes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream1995Documentary research director

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thank God It's Thursday on ABC2014TV Movie thanks
Scandal: The Secret Is Out2013TV Movie thanks
Come Rain or Come Shine: From Grey's Anatomy to Private Practice2007TV Movie special thanks
Grey's Anatomy: Come Rain or Shine2007TV Movie special thanks
Grey's Anatomy: Every Moment Counts2007TV Movie special thanks
Grey's Anatomy: Complications of the Heart2006TV Movie special thanks
Grey's Anatomy: Under Pressure2006TV Movie special thanks
Grey's Anatomy: Straight to the Heart2006TV Movie special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2007-2015TV SeriesHerself
Omg! Insider2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Producer
Makers: Women in Hollywood2014DocumentaryHerself
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Thank God It's Thursday on ABC2014TV MovieHerself
The Writers' Room2014TV SeriesHerself - Creator & Executive Producer
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Oprah's Next Chapter2012TV SeriesHerself
Private Practice: The Practice of Parenthood2012Video documentary shortHerself
America in Primetime2011TV Series documentaryHerself
41st NAACP Image Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
The Brian McKnight Show2009TV SeriesHerself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Television Series - Drama
The Oprah Winfrey Show2006TV SeriesHerself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
ABC News Nightline2006TV SeriesHerself
37th NAACP Image Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Laurel Award for TV Writing AchievementWriters Guild of America, USA
2014DGA Diversity AwardDirectors Guild of America, USA· Betsy Beers
2014Showmanship AwardPublicists Guild of AmericaTelevision
2013TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFan Favorite AwardsScandal (2012)· Kerry Washington (actor)
· Columbus Short (actor)
· Darby Stanchfield (actor)
· Katie Lowes (actor)
· Guillermo Díaz (actor)
· Jeff Perry (actor)
· Joshua Malina (actor)
· Bellamy Young (actor)
· Tony Goldwyn (actor)
2013WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsOutstanding Film/Show Written by a WomanScandal (2012)
2012Golden Gate AwardGLAAD Media Awards
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesPrivate Practice (2007)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Krista Vernoff
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2007PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Betsy Beers
· Mark Gordon
· James D. Parriott
· Peter Horton
· Rob Corn
2007Lucy AwardWomen in Film Lucy Awards
2006Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Episode of the YearGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Peter Horton (director)
2006WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USANew SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Zoanne Clack
· Ann Lewis Hamilton
· Kip Koenig
· Stacy McKee
· James D. Parriott
· Tony Phelan
· Joan Rater
· Mimi Schmir
· Gabrielle G. Stanton
· Krista Vernoff
· Harry Werksman
· Mark Wilding

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Entertainer of the Year AwardImage Awards
2015Entertainer of the Year AwardImage Awards
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesScandal (2012)
2011Banff Rockie AwardBanff Television FestivalBest Continuing SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Drama SeriesPrivate Practice (2007)
2008PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Betsy Beers
· Mark Gordon
· Peter Horton
· Rob Corn
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Betsy Beers (executive producer)
· Mark Gordon (executive producer)
· Peter Horton (executive producer)
· Krista Vernoff (executive producer)
· Mark Wilding (co-executive producer)
· Allan Heinberg (co-executive producer)
· Joan Rater (supervising producer)
· Tony Phelan (co-executive producer)
· Rob Corn (produced by)
· Debora Cahn (supervising producer)
· Kip Koenig (supervising producer)
· Linda Klein (producer)
2007WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USADramatic SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Debora Cahn
· Zoanne Clack
· Allan Heinberg
· Elizabeth Klaviter
· Kip Koenig
· Stacy McKee
· Carolina Paiz
· James D. Parriott
· Tony Phelan
· Joan Rater
· Blythe Robe
· Mimi Schmir
· Gabrielle G. Stanton
· Krista Vernoff
· Harry Werksman
· Mark Wilding
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)· James D. Parriott (executive producer)
· Betsy Beers (executive producer)
· Mark Gordon (executive producer)
· Peter Horton (co-executive producer)
· Krista Vernoff (co-executive producer)
· Mark Wilding (co-executive producer)
· Gabrielle G. Stanton (supervising producer)
· Harry Werksman (supervising producer)
· Mimi Schmir (supervising producer)
· Kip Koenig (supervising producer)
· Joan Rater (producer)
· Tony Phelan (producer)
· Rob Corn (produced by)
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)
2006PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Mark Gordon
· James D. Parriott
· Betsy Beers
· Peter Horton
· Rob Corn
2006WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USADramatic SeriesGrey's Anatomy (2005)· Zoanne Clack
· Ann Lewis Hamilton
· Kip Koenig
· Stacy McKee
· James D. Parriott
· Tony Phelan
· Joan Rater
· Mimi Schmir
· Gabrielle G. Stanton
· Krista Vernoff
· Harry Werksman
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Screenplay, Original or AdaptedThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
2003Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayCrossroads (2002)
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing of a Motion Picture or MiniseriesIntroducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)


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#Quote
1A lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful,engaged people? Are busy doing. I wanted to be Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. That was my dream. I blue-skied it like crazy. I dreamed and dreamed. And while I was dreaming I was living in my sister's basement. Dreamers often end up living in the basement of relatives.
2[on her role as a working mother] If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the trade-off. That is the Faustian bargain with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother. You never feel one hundred percent okay. You never get your sea-legs. You are always a little nauseous.
3Hashtags are very pretty on Twitter. I love them. I will hashtag my way into next week. But a hashtag is not a movement. A hashtag does not make you Mr. King. It does not change anything. It's you,sitting on your butt, typing into your computer and then going back to binge-watching your favorite show.
4It's superinsulting that because Olivia [in Scandal (2012)] is a woman, and the girl who wrote Grey's Anatomy (2005) wrote this, it must be for chicks. Like if it's geared for women, it's somehow not as serious as if it's geared for men.
5[re her highly diverse, minority casting] I think it's sad, and weird, and strange that it's still a thing. It's 2013. Somebody else needs to get their act together. And, oh, by the way, it works. Ratings-wise, it works. When people who aren't of color create a show and they have one character of color on their show, that character spends all their time talking about the world as 'I'm a black man blah, blah, blah'. That's not how the world works. I'm a black woman every day, and I'm not confused about that. I'm not worried about that. I don't need to have a discussion with you about how I feel as a black woman, because I don't feel disempowered as a black woman.
6I was writing a hospital show for a very long time, and that became all that anybody thought that I could write. It's not that I want to do [for example, a female-spy show] because people don't think of me as doing it, but when I do say that's what I want to do next, and some network exec says: 'Really? Can't you do one of your romance triangle-y things?' I want to strangle them. A romance triangle-y thing is not a show.
7[re troubles with Grey's Anatomy (2005) cast where she had to learn...] how to be a boss and a leader versus somebody who was like, 'Holy crap, I get to write a show every week.' But could I have lived without that lesson? Absolutely.
8I don't understand why people don't understand that the world of TV should look like the world outside of TV.


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