Shonda Rhimes Biography
Shonda Rhimes is an American television producer, television and film writer, and author. She is known as the showrunner—creator, head writer, and executive producer—of the television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice, and the political thriller series Scandal.
Shonda Rhimes Age
Shonda Rhimes was born as Shonda Lynn Rhimes in Chicago, Illinois, United States on 13 January 1970. She is 49 years old as of 2019.
Shonda Rhimes Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm).
Shonda Rhimesn Net Worth
She has a net worth of US $100 Million.
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She was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Vera P. and Ilee Rhimes, Jr. Vera was a college professor, while Ilee was a university administrator. She was born as the youngest amongest the six siblings.
Her mother went to college where she earned a PhD in educational administration in 1991. Her father, who holds an MBA. He became chief information officer (CIO) at the University of Southern California, serving til 2013. Rhimes lived in Park Forest South with her two older brothers and three older sisters. While in high school, she served as a hospital volunteer, which inspired an interest in hospital environments.
Shonda Rhimes Spouse Talk
At 45 years old, Shonda Rhimes has made a firm declaration: Marriage isn’t for her.
It might not sound like a bombshell of a statement, but during a particularly revealing conversation with Oprah on OWN’s “SuperSoul Sunday,” Rhimes explained how it’s actually a pivotal moment for a woman of a certain age to declare publicly, out loud, “I don’t want to get married.”
“[It] feels obvious and maybe silly or something to people who are married or people who are older, people who have been through it,” Rhimes says in the above video. “But if you’re a woman in your thirties or forties, that’s a big deal. Everybody’s asking you all the time if it’s going to happen … There’s a huge amount of pressure.”
The pressure, she adds, is similar to the pressure women often feel to become mothers. “It’s a lot like the desire to want to have children in our society,” Rhimes says. “You’re supposed to want it, and if you don’t want it, what’s wrong with you?”
As a mom to three daughters, Rhimes always knew she wanted to become a parent. A wife, however, was always a different story, even stretching back to her childhood.
“I’m one of those people, since I was 5, I could tell you I was going to have kids. I could tell you I was going to have three. I could tell you they were going to be girls,” she says. “But I have never wanted to get married. I never played bride. I was never interested. I don’t know what it is; I never wanted to get married.”
This doesn’t mean she shies away from relationships. “I love having boyfriends. I love dating,” Rhimes clarifies. “I do not want a husband in my house.”
Oprah shares Rhimes’ thoughts on marriage, having chosen not to wed her longtime partner Stedman Graham. But she also made a candid admission during her talk with the mastermind showrunner.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever said this publicly, but I really wanted to be wanted to be married to,” Oprah says. “I wanted Stedman to want to marry me. The moment he asked me to marry him I was, like… ‘Now I actually have to get married?’”
“I was supposed to do a book at the same time … and the wedding and the book were happening around the same time. We were on our way from the book party and Stedman said he did not want to have his wedding disturbed by all these people asking me about the book (which I ended up not doing),” Oprah says. “I said, ‘OK. All right. So he said, ‘We should just postpone this wedding. I said, ‘OK.’ And that was it. We have never discussed it again.”
As it turns out, the delay helped Oprah come to an important realization about herself.
“What I realized is, I don’t want to be married,” Oprah says. “Because I could not have the life that I created for myself … I knew that I couldn’t do it.”
Rhimes feels similarly.
“I have so much going on inside my head in terms of writing, there’s such a large space in my life taken up by that. I can’t imagine it being taken up by a husband and children and writing, and everything getting its due,” she says. “I don’t believe there is room for all of it. I really don’t.”
That’s not to say she passes judgment on anyone who feels differently.
“There may be some people who are doing it and who are very happy and who love it. And I am not knocking any of you,” Rhimes says. “It’s never been a dream of mine [to be married].”
Making this declaration has been a powerful part of Rhimes’ “year of yes,” which she has chronicled in her new book of the same title. Like other events in her year of saying yes to things that scare her, allowing herself to be truthful about her view on marriage has been liberating.
“It was really freeing to say it out loud,” Rhimes says. “I always felt like it was a dirty little secret.”
“SuperSoul Sunday” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on OWN.
Shonda Rhimes Education
She went to Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. In 1991, at Dartmouth College,she majored in English and film studies and earned her bachelor’s degree. she joined the Black Underground Theater Association. She divided her time between directing and performing in student productions, and writing fiction.
She wrote for the college newspaper. She migrated to San Francisco with an older sibling and worked in advertising at McCann Erickson when she finished her high school course. ]Once, earned the Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship safter she was ranked at the top of her USC class. After a while she obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Shonda Rhimes Kids
Shonda Rhimes is also a loving and caring mother of three children. She is proud mama raising three beautiful daughters.
Shonda Rhimes is a mother of three children. Two of them were adopted.
In 2002, she adopted her first first child, baby girl, Harper. After a decade she adopted a second daughter, Emerson Pearl via domestic adoption. Her colleagues and friends were surprised after discovering the news of her second daughter adoption. In 2013,she underwent gestational Surrogacy. That is where she welcomed the youngest daughter of the family.
Shonda Rhimes Filmography
Blossoms and Veils
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Inside the Box
Seattle Grace: On Call
Seattle Grace: Message of Hope
Off the Map
How to Get Away with Murder
For the People
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Shonda Rhimes Interview
Kylee Howell and her barbershop are amazing. How did you find them?
Shonda; She found us! We put out the call [on social media] with Dove, asking people to send us their story, telling us about the moments where they feel their beauty was most defined. What’s the story about your idea of beauty? When did beauty get defined by you? That’s the magic of this project and what I love about it.
This short film talks a lot about how a haircut can transform and define a woman. Has that happened to you?
Shonda;I think hair is pretty central to identity. I think that’s true for all women, but I know for me that my hair is true for who I am. It always reflects some evolution in me. When I change my hair, you know something about me is changing.
What’s happening with your hair right now?
Shonda; Right now, I’m kind of rocking a very natural curly, sticking-out-on-all-sides, non-Afro Afro. It’s the greatest hairstyle in the world, which is what I always think when I get my hair done. It reflects my attitude of, “I’m walking into a space where I’m not concerned with other people’s opinions. I’ve freed myself from that.” And truly honestly, part of this comes from meeting Kylee. She’s very inspiring.
Has Kylee inspired you to include a wider variety of women on ‘Grey’s Anatomy?’ Specifically, more butch women?
Shonda; You know, it’s interesting you should ask that. Very interesting. I’ve been having this conversation a little bit lately. We’re missing a side of the female form—or any form—that’s not been represented yet [on]. What does that mean? How do we tell that story? We’re talking about it.
You once said “dreamers often end up living in the basements of relatives.” What’s your advice to stop procrastinating and get shit done?
Shonda; I think for me, and I think for many women who get it done—like Kylee getting her stuff together and opening her own shop—what I tell myself is this: “If you want to do something, you need to do it, or accept the idea that you’re not the person you thought you were.” If I’m going be a TV writer, then I have to be writing TV. Otherwise that’s not who I am. You have to do the work if you want to be the person you hope to be.
One last question because I had to ask: When you were writing ‘Crossroads,’ did you know it would be the most significant road trip movie of our time?
Shonda; I didn’t know anything except that we were having a lot of fun. It was three girls making a movie about three girls. It wasn’t a biopic, it wasn’t a heavy drama—it was fun.