Hey Gabblers – January 13th is Shonda Rhimes birthday! Join us here at Grey’s Gabble in wishing Shonda a fantastic birthday!
Here’s a little bit of info on Shonda.
Shonda Rhimes (born January 13, 1970) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. Rhimes is best known as the creator, head writer, and executive producer of acclaimed television series Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice. In May 2007, Rhimes was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Time 100 people who help shape the world.
Rhimes was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of a university administrator and a college professor. Rhimes resided in Park Forest South, Illinois (now University Park) with four siblings. At a young age, Rhimes claimed to have exhibited an early affinity toward storytelling. Rhimes has stated that her time spent as a candy striper while in high school sparked an interest in hospital environments 
Rhimes attended Marian Catholic High School, before enrolling at Dartmouth College, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. At Dartmouth, she divided her time between fiction and directing and performing in plays. As a Dartmouth alumna, Rhimes often peppers the scripts with references to the college (Meredith Grey, the title character on Grey’s Anatomy, frequently wears Dartmouth memorabilia). After college, she relocated to San Francisco with an older sibling and obtained a job in advertising. Rhimes would later relocate to Los Angeles to attend USC to study screenwriting. Rhimes was ranked at the top of her class and earned the prestigious Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship Award. Rhimes earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.
After graduation, Rhimes found herself swimming in the teeming pool of unemployed scriptwriters in Hollywood. To make ends meet, Rhimes worked at a variety of day jobs, including as an office administrator, and then as a counselor at a job center that taught mentally ill and homeless people job skills. During this period, Rhimes also worked as research director on the 1995 Peabody Award-winning documentary, Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (1995). Rhimes made her directorial debut in 1998 with the short film “Blossoms and Veils” starring Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jeffrey Wright.
A feature script Rhimes wrote was purchased by New Line Cinema. This was soon followed by an assignment to write the acclaimed 1999 HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. It earned numerous awards for its star, Halle Berry. Rhimes followed this film with a theatrical project that could not have been further from Dorothy Dandridge –2002′s Crossroads – the movie debut of pop singer Britney Spears. Rhimes survived that film’s predicted flameout and moved on to Disney’s sequel to its popular 2001 movie The Princess Diaries. Though 2004′s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) did not score at the box office like its predecessor, Rhimes later said that she treasured the experience if for nothing else – the opportunity to work with its star, Julie Andrews.
While spending time at home, Rhimes found herself hooked on shows like the WB’s 1997–2003 drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer and HBO’s The Sopranos, as well as medical documentary series on The Discovery Channel. Rhimes utilizes many actors from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel programs on both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. These actors include Amber Benson, Nicholas Brendon, Seth Green, Emma Caulfield, Adam Busch, Alexis Denisof, D.B. Woodside, J. August Richards, and Amy Acker. Rhimes’ executive producer and collaborator for Private Practice, Marti Noxon, was also a writer and producer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Prior to Grey’s Anatomy, Rhimes penned her first pilot script about the lives of war correspondents. Rhimes’ script was rejected due to the rapidly escalating conflict in Iraq. Rhimes penned the Grey’s Anatomy pilot in late 2003, and received the green light to commence with the project in 2004.
Rhimes won the Best Drama TV Series Golden Globe award in 2007 for Grey’s Anatomy.
Shonda is definitely an impressive woman, that’s for sure. She certainly did change television with some of her ground breaking stories. Add your Happy Birthdays to ours below!