Shonda Rhimes

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Shonda Rhimes
Birth name Shonda Lynn Rhimes
Born January 13, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Notable Shows Grey's Anatomy
Private Practice
Scandal
How to Get Away with Murder
Awards

Shonda Rhimes is an American screenwriter, director, and producer best known as the creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the medical drama Grey's Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice, and the political thriller Scandal.

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Biography

Rhimes was born in Chicago, Illinois to Vera and Ilee Rhimes. Her mother, who was a university administrator, attended college while raising six kids and earned a Ph.D. in educational administration, while her father, who was a college professor and has an MBA, is the chief information officer at the University of Southern California. Rhimes lived in Park Forest South (which is now known as University Park, Illinois) with her two older brothers and three older sisters. She said that she exhibited an early affinity for storytelling and that her time spent volunteering in a hospital while in high school sparked an interest in hospital environments.

Shonda attended Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights before enrolling at Dartmouth College, where she majored in English and film studies and earned her bachelor's degree in 1991. While at Dartmouth, she joined the Black Underground Theater Association and divided her time between directing and performing in student productions and fiction. She also wrote the college newspaper.

After college, she relocated to San Francisco with one of her older siblings and worked in advertising for McCann Erickson. She then moved to Los Angeles to study screenwriting at the University of Southern California. While there, Debra Martin Chase hired her as an intern and Rhimes credits her early success in part to mentors like a prominent African-American producer, who hired her for an internship at Denzel Washington's production company, Mundy Lane Entertainment.

Roles

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Mindy Project Herself 3x05 - The Devil Wears Lands' End October 14, 2014

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Tavis Smiley (2004) March 28, 2005
Nightline March 20, 2006
The Oprah Winfrey Show On Location: Oprah on the Set of Grey's Anatomy November 17, 2006
Entertainment Tonight January 18, 2007
Entertainment Tonight February 5, 2009
The Brian McKnight Show Episode 110 November 28, 2009
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Behind the Scandalabra April 17, 2014
Entertainment Tonight May 14, 2014
Omg! Insider June 12, 2014
Omg! Insider Fourth of July Special July 4, 2014
Omg! Insider August 7, 2014
Entertainment Tonight August 23, 2014
Good Morning America September 18, 2014
Entertainment Tonight May 12, 2015
Entertainment Tonight September 3, 2015
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show 2309 September 24, 2015
Good Morning America November 9, 2015
The Ellen DeGeneres Show November 9, 2015
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Show 41 November 11, 2015
Entertainment Tonight January 25, 2016
Entertainment Tonight February 11, 2016

Producer

Staff Producer

Series Year(s) Producer Credit Season(s)
Grey's Anatomy 2005 –present Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Private Practice 2007 –2013 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6
Off the Map 2011 Executive Producer 1
Scandal 2012 –present Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
How to Get Away with Murder 2014 –present Executive Producer 1 2 3 4
The Catch 2016 –2017 Executive Producer 1 2
Still Star-Crossed 2017 –present Executive Producer 1
For the People 2018 –present Executive Producer 1
Untitled Grey's Anatomy Spinoff 2018 –present Executive Producer 1

Episodes Produced

Series Producer Credit Episode Airdate
Scandal Producer 5x14 - I See You March 17, 2016

Writer

Series Episode Airdate
Grey's Anatomy 1x01 - A Hard Day's Night March 27, 2005
Grey's Anatomy 1x02 - The First Cut Is the Deepest April 3, 2005
Grey's Anatomy 2x05 - Bring the Pain October 23, 2005
Grey's Anatomy 2x09 - Thanks for the Memories November 20, 2005
Grey's Anatomy 2x16 - It's the End of the World (1) February 5, 2006
Grey's Anatomy 2x17 - As We Know It (2) February 12, 2006
Grey's Anatomy 2x27 - Losing My Religion (3) May 15, 2006
Grey's Anatomy 3x01 - Time Has Come Today September 21, 2006
Grey's Anatomy 3x15 - Walk on Water (1) February 8, 2007
Grey's Anatomy 3x16 - Drowning on Dry Land (2) February 15, 2007
Grey's Anatomy 3x17 - Some Kind of Miracle (3) February 22, 2007
Grey's Anatomy 3x22 - The Other Side of This Life (1) May 3, 2007
Grey's Anatomy 3x23 - The Other Side of This Life (2) May 3, 2007
Private Practice 1x01 - In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl from Somewhere Else September 26, 2007
Grey's Anatomy 4x01 - A Change Is Gonna Come September 27, 2007
Private Practice 1x05 - In Which Addison Finds a Showerhead October 24, 2007
Grey's Anatomy 4x09 - Crash into Me (1) November 22, 2007
Grey's Anatomy 4x10 - Crash into Me (2) November 22, 2007
Grey's Anatomy 4x16 - Freedom (1) May 22, 2008
Grey's Anatomy 4x17 - Freedom (2) May 22, 2008
Grey's Anatomy 5x01 - Dream a Little Dream of Me (1) September 25, 2008
Grey's Anatomy 5x02 - Dream a Little Dream of Me (2) September 25, 2008
Private Practice 2x01 - A Family Thing October 1, 2008
Private Practice 2x08 - Crime and Punishment December 3, 2008
Private Practice 2x18 - Finishing March 12, 2009
Grey's Anatomy 5x22 - What a Difference a Day Makes May 7, 2009
Private Practice 3x01 - A Death in the Family October 1, 2009
Grey's Anatomy 6x24 - Death and All His Friends May 20, 2010
Private Practice 4x07 - Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King? November 4, 2010
Grey's Anatomy 7x18 - Song Beneath the Song March 31, 2011
Private Practice 5x08 - Who We Are November 17, 2011
Scandal 1x01 - Sweet Baby April 5, 2012
Private Practice 5x22 - Gone, Baby, Gone May 15, 2012
Grey's Anatomy 8x24 - Flight May 17, 2012
Scandal 1x07 - Grant: For the People May 17, 2012
Scandal 2x08 - Happy Birthday, Mr. President December 6, 2012
Private Practice 6x13 - In Which We Say Goodbye January 22, 2013
Scandal 2x22 - White Hat's Back On May 16, 2013
Scandal 3x01 - It's Handled October 3, 2013
Scandal 3x18 - The Price of Free and Fair Election April 17, 2014
Scandal 4x01 - Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia September 25, 2014
Grey's Anatomy 11x21 - How to Save a Life April 23, 2015
Scandal 4x22 - You Can't Take Command May 14, 2015
Scandal 5x01 - Heavy Is the Head September 24, 2015
Scandal 5x21 - That's My Girl May 12, 2016
Scandal 6x01 - Survival of the Fittest January 26, 2017

Director

Shorts Directed

  • Blossoms and Veils (2007)

Specials Directed

Series Episode Airdate
Grey's Anatomy SP1 - Straight to the Heart January 8, 2006
Grey's Anatomy SP2 - Under Pressure April 23, 2006
Grey's Anatomy SP3 - Complications of the Heart September 21, 2006
Grey's Anatomy SP4 - Every Moment Counts April 12, 2007
Grey's Anatomy SP5 - Come Rain or Shine September 19, 2007
Scandal SP1 - The Secret is Out October 3, 2013

Creator

Series Premiere Date Creation Credit
Grey's Anatomy March 27, 2005 Creator
Private Practice September 26, 2007 Creator
Scandal April 5, 2012 Creator

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2006)
Grey's Anatomy: It's the End of the World (1)

Trivia

Social Media