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Shonda Rhimes

Screenwriter & Producer

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Shonda Rhimes talks about her lifelong dream to become a writer, how she broke into the film industry, and how she learned to write television and run a business by working on "Grey's Anatomy."

Shonda's Biography

Early literary influences Judy Blume, The Secret Garden

First Hollywood success The first script Shonda sold on the spec market was a romantic comedy called "Human Seeking Same"

Next challenge Writing a memoir about single motherhood


Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, director and producer. A Dartmouth undergraduate, Rhimes studied screenwriting at USC and earned a Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship Award. In 2001, Rhimes wrote Crossroads, Britney Spears’ film debut, then penned one of Anne Hathaway’s first starring roles in The Princess Diaries 2.


In 2005, Grey’s Anatomy debuted on ABC. Rhimes created the show and currently executive produces and serves as head writer. The show is about to enter its eleventh season and has been nominated for over 25 Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2007, Rhimes created and produced the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice. In 2011, ABC picked up Scandal, Rhimes’ series starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a political crisis management expert. The series debuted in 2012. Next up, Rhimes will be producing How to Get Away With Murder, starring Viola Davis as a hard-hitting law professor.