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Women in Entertainment 2010 - Power 100 List

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    Shonda Rhimes
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    Shonda Rhimes
    Creator, 'Grey's Anatomy'/'Private Practice'

    The Chicago native and USC film school grad never thought she’d end up writing for film or television. “I fully, truly believed that I was going to be a novelist,” she says. “My goal was to be Toni Morrison.” That changed after Rhimes launched her TV career by penning HBO’s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999 and went on to write screenplays for The Princess Diaries and its sequel. Since then, she has made a career reinventing the medical drama. She has two successful ABC dramas — Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice — on the air, and the midseason Doctors Without Borders-inspired drama Off the Map is set to premiere in January. Rhimes still chuckles at the fact she’s known for her medical dramas. “I was a candy striper in high school,” she says. “While I considered being a doctor briefly, I realized early on I had absolutely no affinity for science whatsoever.”

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