Shonda Rhimes Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

3rd June 2015

Fact: GREY'S ANATOMY and SCANDAL creator Shonda Rhimes is set to pen her first memoir. Year of Yes will detail the impact saying "yes" to all kinds of work and personal projects has had on the screenwriter's life and is described as a "surprising, hilarious, poignant and accessible" account of how she transformed her life for the better. It will be published by bosses at Simon & Schuster in November (15).

2nd March 2015

Tweet: "It happened. I just found my 12 year old in front of the Tv with her friends, all serious, watching Crossroads. @britneyspears #FullCircle" Grey's Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes' daughter has discovered the 2001 film her mum wrote starring Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, and Taryn Manning. Orange is the New Black actress Manning recently admitted that she would be willing to do a follow-up to the cult favourite about a road trip between best friends.

24th February 2015

Tweet: "That was not okay. I mean, Idina is there. She is right there. Right There. And oh dear God, Julie (Andrews) had to hear that." Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes wasn't a fan of Lady Gaga's The Sound of Music medley at the Oscars.

10th November 2014

Fact: Shonda Rhimes, the brains behind hit Tv dramas Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, is to receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the 2014 annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast. The Vip breakfast, which takes place on 10 December (14) in Los Angeles, recognises a woman who is considered a leader in entertainment. Past recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Dame Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep and Halle Berry.

28th August 2014

Fact: Grey's Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes is set to make her acting debut in an upcoming episode of U.S. sitcom The Mindy Project. Rhimes, a self-proclaimed fan of the comedy and its star Mindy Kaling, will be playing herself in the third season, and the episode is set to air in America this autumn (14).

4th December 2013

Fact: Grey's Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes will be honoured with the Directors Guild of America's 2014 Diversity Award on 25 January (14). Along with her producing partner Betsy Beers, the two will be given the rare award for providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities. The Diversity Award has only been handed out four times in the ceremony's history.

27th September 2013

Fact: Grey's Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has been appointed to the board of trustees of Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by U.S. President Barack Obama. Members of the board are responsible for presenting performers and shows from across America and around the world, nurturing new works and young artists, and serving the nation as leaders in arts education, according to the organisation's website.

26th August 2013

Quote: "She was channelling Oprah. She was like, 'Everybody gets a cruise, everybody gets a cruise!'" Patrick Dempsey on Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes' announcement that cast and crew were all getting cruise vacations as gifts to mark the show's 200th episode.

10th December 2012

Quote: "On some level it stung and on some level I was not surprised. When people show you who they are, believe them." Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes on how she reacted when former star Katherine Heigl withdrew her name from contention for the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008. The actress claimed she was not "given the material" to warrant receiving recognition for her role in the medical drama.

7th June 2006

Fact: GREY'S ANATOMY creator Shonda Rhimes has renegotiated a deal with Touchstone Television for $10 million (GBP5.4 million), extending the medical series to 2009.

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