Shonda Rhimes, created January 13, 1970, in University Park, Illinois, is the very first African American girl to make and executive-generate a Top 10 network show—the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. She’s in addition the originator of its own spinoff, Private Practice, as well as the political thriller Scandal. Before these show, Rhimes written such movie screenplays as Crossroads and HBO’s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
She’s the youngest of six siblings. Her dad is a university administrator, and her mom is a college professor who earned two doctorates after her kids were grown. Following a brief stint in marketing, she registered in the Writing for Screen & Television program in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Artwork, earning her MFA. She shone there also, earning a writing fellowship.
Shortly after grad school, Rhimes sold her first screenplay, Person Seeking Same, about an elderly black woman trying to find love in the personals. The movie never got made. Finishing the teleplay for HBO’s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, that has been made into a movie starring Halle Berry, elevated Rhimes’ standing available.
After 9/11, Rhimes found herself thinking more about motherhood than pictures and within a year adopted infant girl Harper Lee. The newest mother took in lots of TV while staying home together with her baby, prompting her to take a chance at writing a pilot. The effect was Grey’s Anatomy, a drama of a lot of hot young physicians in a Seattle hospital. A few of her inspiration for composing a health show came from her enjoyment of seeing real life operations on TV and nostalgia for her time employed as a candy striper in adolescence. Additionally, it led in 2007 to Rhimes creating the spinoff Private Practice, which survived for six seasons.
2012 was a huge year for Rhimes, as she adopted a second infant daughter, Emerson Pearl, and found another hit show, Scandal, on April 5, 2012. It’s been a ratings hit that creates much social media buzz weekly.
Following the success of Scandal, Rhimes and her production firm, ShondaLand, worked on developing the show Lawless for ABC. It revolves around a lawyer who returns to her hometown. It is on the basis of the story of trucker-turned-attorney Wynona Ward, who provides free services to domestic violence victims in rural areas. This new mystery play stars Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating and can be part of ABC’s Thursday night lineup for autumn 2014.
TV audiences can anticipate many more plans from Rhimes as time goes by. “I actually make an effort to create a show that I’d need to observe,” said Rhimes to shemadeit.org. “If I do not need to observe it…it does not go in the show.”