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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Shonda Rhimes
    Creator, 'Grey’s Anatomy,' 'Private Practice' and 'Scandal'

    The only female showrunner with three dramas in primetime, Rhimes, 42, saw her flagship Grey’s Anatomy uncannily not waver in its ninth season, while her third series, the political soap Scandal, earned a full-season order of 22 episodes in taking over the set-to-end Private Practice’s former home on Thursdays at 10. Under her Shondaland shingle, Rhimes and Betsy Beers are overseeing a few new projects.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: When I was an extra in the Jodie Foster movie Little Man Tate during my summer break from college.

    Toughest decision I had to make this year: How to end Private Practice in a strong narrative way.

    When I leave work each day, I can’t wait to: See my kids, have a glass of wine and get some sleep.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Talk on the phone to my friends so I can catch up with what is going on in the real world.

    My indulgence: A wonderful chef. I like good, home-cooked food. But I haven’t personally turned on a stove in seven years.

    Can’t get through my workday without: Iced green tea, my iPhone and really loud music blasting in my headphones so I can write.

    Proudest moments this year: Bringing my newborn home and introducing her to her big sister. That and having three TV shows on the air that I created.

    Best advice I’ve ever gotten: “Never enter a negotiation you’re not willing to walk away from.”

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