Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes

Known For: Writing · Birthday: 1970-01-13 (51 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA

4 Movies · 14 TV shows

Also Known As: Rhimes

Biography

Shonda Lynn Rhimes (born January 13, 1970) is an American television producer, screenwriter, and author. She is best known as the showrunner—creator, head writer, and executive producer—of the television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice, and the political thriller series Scandal. Rhimes has also served as the executive producer of the ABC television series Off the Map, How to Get Away with Murder, The Catch, and Station 19.In 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine's 100 People Who Help Shape the World. In 2015, she published her first book, a memoir, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person. In 2017, Netflix said that it had entered into a multi-year development deal with Rhimes, by which all of her future productions will be Netflix Original series. Netflix had already purchased the streaming rights to past episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.

Personal Life

Rhimes adopted her first daughter in June 2002 and adopted another girl in February 2012. In September 2013, Rhimes welcomed her third daughter via gestational surrogacy.In 2014, Rhimes gave a commencement address at her alma mater, Dartmouth College, where she received an honorary doctorate.In September 2015, Rhimes revealed she had lost 117 pounds via exercise and dieting.

Early Life

Rhimes was born in Chicago, Illinois, as the youngest of six children of Vera P. (Cain), a college professor, and Ilee Rhimes, Jr., a university administrator. Her mother attended college while raising their six children and earned a PhD in educational administration in 1991. Her father, who holds an MBA, became chief information officer (CIO) at the University of Southern California, serving until 2013.Rhimes lived in Park Forest South (now University Park, Illinois), with her two older brothers and three older sisters. She has said she exhibited an early affinity for storytelling. While in high school, she served as a hospital volunteer, which inspired an interest in hospital environments.Rhimes attended Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. At Dartmouth College, she majored in English and film studies and earned her bachelor's degree in 1991. At Dartmouth, she joined the Black Underground Theater Association. She divided her time between directing and performing in student productions, and writing fiction.She also wrote for the college newspaper. After college, she relocated to San Francisco with an older sibling and worked in advertising at McCann Erickson. She subsequently moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California and study screenwriting. Ranked at the top of her USC class, Rhimes earned the Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship. She obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.While at USC, Rhimes was hired as an intern by Debra Martin Chase. Rhimes credits her early success, in part, to mentors such as Chase, a prominent African-American producer. She also worked at Denzel Washington's company, Mundy Lane Entertainment. Chase served as a mentor to Rhimes: they worked together on The Princess Diaries 2.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 TV show
TV
Bridgerton

Bridgerton

6.1
2020
Wealth, lust, and betrayal are seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.

2019.

1 Movie
This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

2019
An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.

2018.

2 TV shows
TV
Station 19

Station 19

4.43
2018
A group of heroic firefighters at Seattle Fire Station 19 risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock. These brave men and women put their own lives in danger as first respo...
TV
Grey's Anatomy: B-Team

Grey's Anatomy: B-Team

6.69
2018
Chief Bailey watches over the new interns on their first day as surgeons.

2017.

1 TV show
TV
Still Star-Crossed

Still Star-Crossed

2017
A period drama that picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet leaves off, charts the treachery, palace intrigue, and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young...

2016.

1 TV show
TV
The Catch

The Catch

6
2016
A fraud investigator named Alice Martin is about to be the victim of a fraud by her fiancée. She wants to find him before her career is ruined by him.

2015.

1 TV show
TV
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

1
2015
Stephen Colbert is leaving his "The Colbert Report" character to make his long-awaited return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre a...

2014.

1 TV show
TV
How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away with Murder

6.38
2014
A legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will change the course of their lives.

2012.

2 TV shows
TV
Scandal

Scandal

5.84
2012
Everyone has secrets andOlivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope and her team are at the top of their ga...
TV
Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

2012
Henry Louis Gates was the son of Gates. He was a scholar at Harvard. People can look in the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper tra...

2011.

1 TV show
TV
Off the Map

Off the Map

5.34
2011
Three idealistic doctors are looking for change in a medical clinic in a small town in the South American jungle.

2007.

1 TV show
TV
Private Practice

Private Practice

6.46
2007
After leaving behind Seattle Grace Hospital, renowned surgeon Addison Forbes Montgomery moved to Los Angeles. She joined her friends from medical school at their co-op in Santa Monica.

2005.

1 TV show
TV
Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

6.54
2005
The personal and professional lives of doctors are chronicled.

2004.

1 Movie
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

6.31
2004
Mia is going to Genovia to take up her duties as a princess. Lilly will join her for the summer. Mia is learning to ride horses side-saddle, archery, and other royal skills. When she learns that she i...

2002.

1 Movie
Crossroads

Crossroads

2002
At their high school graduation, three friends bury a box and make a pact to open it at midnight. When they move to a small town in Georgia, things will change. One is an engaged prom queen and the ot...

1999.

1 Movie
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

1999
In a time when stars weren't allowed in by the front door, an acclaimed stage performer still struggled with her color. She is the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award. Marriages and...

Unknown Year.

2 TV shows
TV
Inventing Anna

Inventing Anna

A journalist with a lot to prove is investigating the case of Anna Delvey, the German heiress who stole their money as well as the hearts of New York's social scene.
TV
A Corazón Abierto

A Corazón Abierto

A Corazón Abierto is a Colombian television series based on ABC's hit show Grey's Anatomy, written and supervised by Colombian writer Fernando Gaitan better known for creating hit telenovelas like Yo ...
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