Shonda Rhimes

             Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and Bridgerton, are some of America’s most top-rated TV Shows. Shonda Rhimes is the creator and writer of those television hits. She is an African-American television producer, screenwriter, and author. Rhimes’ breakthrough was most definitely her award-winning show Grey’s Anatomy. The show has been so successful that it has been renewed for 18 seasons. Because of Grey’s Anatomy’s success, Rhimes created two spin-off shows titled Private Practice and Station 19. 

             Rhimes went on to write Scandal, another award-winning show. This show marked the first time in four whole decades that a network drama featured an African American woman in the lead role (Kerry Washington). Rhimes then went on to write How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis, another African-American woman that excellently played her role. Her acting and Rhimes’ directing went on to also win many awards for the show as well. Rhimes has written a lifetime of other shows and movies, however, these are the ones she is most well known for.

             After growing up in Chicago, Illinois, Rhimes attended Dartmouth College, majoring in English and film studies. She went on to film school at the University of Southern California. She has two older brothers and three older sisters. She originally had intentions of becoming a novelist, but ultimately decided to go to film school instead. She is the author of a book titled Year of Yes, which is sort of like an autobiography for Rhimes. 

             Rhimes has played an instrumental role in normalizing diversity for all types of people in television. She is a trailblazer for purposefully casting roles of typically oppressed people and giving them a different narrative to society. With her detrimental influence on the television community, Shonda Rhimes is a statue of power and creativity.

Morgan Tracy '22