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Shonda Rhimes Biography

Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Executive producer, writer

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated


  • Emerson Pearl -- Daughter
  • Harper -- Daughter