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WIF Honoree: Shonda Rhimes

Writer goes from 'Crossroads' to 'Anatomy'

It takes more than writing a hit show to land a spot on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

So Shonda Rhimes, exec producer and creator of ABC’s hit series “Grey’s Anatomy” (which made a successful move from Sundays to Thursdays this past season), must have a sphere of influence that reaches far beyond Seattle Grace Hospital.

Ask Rhimes a few years ago — possibly after she had written the Britney Spears pic “Crossroads” — if she could’ve even imagined being on a list that also includes folks such as Warren Buffett and Queen Elizabeth, and she would’ve looked at her inquisitors as if they were seriously deranged.

“Deranged” might be a harsh term, “flawed” is probably more appropriate. It’s an adjective Rhimes uses often to describe her fictional doctors, those who don’t always make the best decisions when it comes to their personal lives, often made under extremely trying circumstances.

“I think having three-dimensional characters is just that much more interesting,” says Rhimes, recipient of WIF’s Lucy Award for 2007.

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