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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Shonda Rhimes  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1970, in University Park, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Rhimes was born and raised in University Park, just outside of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shonda Rhimes is the critically acclaimed and award-winning creator and executive producer of the hit television series ''Grey’s Anatomy'', ''Private Practice'', and ''Scandal'' and the executive producer of ''How to Get Away With Murder''. Her writing credits also include ''Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement'', ''Crossroads'', and ''Introducing Dorothy Dandridge''. Rhimes holds a BA from Dartmouth College in English Literature with Creative Writing and received her MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television, where she was awarded the prestigious Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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