Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes was born on the 13th of January, 1970. Daughter of Vera and Ilee Rhimes Jr., she is the youngest of six children, she has two older brothers and three older sisters. Her mother went to college and then earned her Ph.D. while raising their six children, her father holds an MBA. Her biography is a fascinating one, she was born and raised in Chicago. Shonda attended Marian Catholic High School and Dartmouth College. She started off as an English major with a minor in film studies. While she attended college, she wrote for the school newspaper, she joined the Black Underground Theater Association and still found time to direct and perform in school productions.

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Personal Life

Shonda describes herself as being introverted, as a person that would go to work and then go home. Since she has come out of her comfort zone and learned how to say yes to things, she has realized that she can have it all.

Although there is one thing that she will tell everyone that she has never wanted, and that is a husband. She admits that she always knew she wanted to be a mother, just not a wife. She ever wanted to be the bride, she just does not want to be married. She has three children, exactly what she knew she wanted. Shonda’s oldest daughter Harper and middle daughter Emerson were both adopted, her newest addition Beckett was born through surrogacy. Motherhood and getting out of her comfort zone has brought about some physical changes in her life, like her 117lb. weight loss. The mother of three young girls knew it was going to be hard and that she was going to hate it, but she did it to be around for her girls.


After her college graduation Shonda and one of her sisters moved to San Francisco, where she got a job at an advertising agency, McCann Erickson. Debra Martin Chase hired her as her intern. She also interned at Denzel Washington’s production company. She then went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts Degree from USC School of Cinematic Arts.

She earned a salary by working as a counselor that taught mental health patients job skills to make ends meet.

Between 1995-2001, she started doing some small directing jobs and some research writing. In 2001, she wrote the controversial story of Brittany Spears; this film grossed over $60 million.

What she is known best for is her success in creating, writing and producing hit television dramas. She is best known for:

  • Grey's Anatomy premiered in 2005-present
  • Private Practice it ran from 2007-2013.
  • Scandal 2012-present
  • How to Get Away with Murder 2014 – present
  • The Catch 2016

In 2015 she had an estimated net worth of $60 million.


Shondaland is the name of her production company where all the magic happens. Although she may well be the Queen of the Land, there is another lady in the Land, her partner Betsy Beers. Shondaland run by Shonda, Betsy, and the team of woman are taking television into a new dimension. What used to be a man's the world is not anymore, as these ladies are ruling Thursday night dramas.

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 13 Jan, 1970
Age: 50 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Chicago
residence: Los Angeles
Gender: Female
Description: American screenwriter, director, producer and author
Net Worth 2021: 140 million
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Last Modified: Feb 19 2023
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