Shonda Rhimes is the first African American woman to create and executive produce a Top 10 network series, the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. She was 35 years old.
The award-winning writer and producer created the hit TV shows – ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ – and has also penned several screenplays. She is also the creator of its spin-off, Private Practice. Before these series, Rhimes penned film screenplays as Crossroads and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
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The ShondaLand woman’s efforts have garnered much recognition, including several GLAAD Media and NAACP Image Awards for her tackling of important issues in terms of race and sexuality.