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  • Is the youngest of six children.
  • Director of the Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association while an undergrad at Dartmouth.
  • Worked in advertising before enrolling in film school.
  • Received the prestigious Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship while earning her MFA at USC.
  • Before creating the hit show Grey's Anatomy, wrote the screenplays for films like Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Crossroads and The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.
  • Won the first of many NAACP Image Awards in 2007.
  • Was inspired by professional crisis manager Judy Smith to create the ABC series Scandal; Smith serves as an executive producer.


  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Writers Guild Awards — The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement: Winner
  • 2016, Producers Guild Awards — Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television: Winner
  • 2013, Directors Guild of America Awards — Diversity Award: Winner


  • Emerson Pearl — Daughter
  • Harper — Daughter


  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States (BA English Literature, 1991); University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States (MFA, 1994)

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  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Birthday: January 13, 1970, Capricorn
  • Profession: Executive producer, Writer

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