Shonda Rhimes Named One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

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Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes has made Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world. Under the category of "Artists & Entertainers," Shonda is featured in the magazine's annual issue, with an article about her written by our own Sandra Oh.

Here's what Sandra Oh has to say...


Shonda Rhimes & Patrick Dempsey

When I first met Shonda Rhimes at my audition for Grey's Anatomy back in 2004, I thought, whether or not these people like my work, at least she's going to get me.

But she didn't just get me, she got everybody. She also got everybody to tune in to the characters and world she created every week.

No one expected it â€" no one.

Overnight she went from independent screenwriter and single mom to a public figure, the guiding force and creative engine for more than 200 employees.

Shonda Rhimes suddenly had this immense responsibility and pressure, which has changed her life in a way that no one can possibly prepare for.

In real life, she's a rather shy, private person who prefers living in her head to dealing with the myriad producers and studio executives and associations who all want something from her â€" to write for them, to sell for them, to speak for them.

And watching that introverted, creative and independent spirit struggle and learn so quickly to manage and balance and truly own all that power was like watching a butterfly emerge from its cocoon. She did it with self-deprecating humor, brutal honesty and no small amount of grace.

Somehow, in the midst of all that pressure, Shonda Rhimes' vision for the characters became more sharply focused, more self-assured.

She found that her responsibility was to them and her creative voice. By remaining true to that voice and singular vision, I think she has created something great.

As a fan, I, for one, can't wait to see what happens next.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


The tribute is endearing, Shonda deserves recognition for what she has done for television. Although, later developments in the show make me doubt if her vision for her characters is still as focused and clear as day one. I hope I am, and a lot of GA fans who have expressed disppointment over the show, will be proven wrong. I hope she will take care of her characters and continue to love them more than the TV ratings of the series.


Sandra Oh is awesome. What a lovely article and tribute to Shonda.


She is an amazing woman. She should be an inspiration to all women even when she messes with our favorite couples. But this is her show and she should be very proud of what she has done.





Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.