April’s Inspirational Icon—Shonda Rhimes

Born in Illinois on January 13, 1970, Shonda Rhimes was the youngest of 5 siblings. She recieved her B.A. at Dartmouth College. She later recieved her M.F.A. at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Rhimes has always had an exemplerary work ethic. From her highschool days all the way through the University of Sounthern California, her unique horse-like work ethic is one of the most important reasons why she is at the pinnacle of the television industry.


Shonda Rhimes, screenwriter and producer is most known for her shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Private Practice. Rhimes is the at the apex of the producing industry. From the prestigious NAACP Image Award to the highly coveted Producers Guild of America Award, she’s won too many awards to count. Rhimes, herself, best explains in a 2016 TED Talk what her daily workload is like:

“Three shows in production at a time, sometimes four. The budget for one episode of network television can be anywhere from three to six million dollars. Let’s just say five. A new episode made every nine days, times four shows—so every nine days, that’s 20 million dollars’ worth of television. Four television programs, 70 hours of TV, three shows in production at a time, sometimes four, 16 episodes going on at all times. That’s 350 million dollars a season. My television shows are back to back to back on Thursday night. Around the world, my shows air in 256 territories in 67 languages for an audience of 30 million people.”

-Shonda Rhimes

4 Of Rhimes’ Most Popular Shows

1. Scandal

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2. How to Get Away with MurdeR

3. Private Practice

4. grey’s anatomy

Shonda Rhimes’ TED Talk 2016

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