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Overview (3)

Born in George Air Force Base, Victorville, California, USA
Birth NamePatricia Lea Jenkins
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing Wonder Woman, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature Monster. Patty also works in television where she is best known for the pilot and finale episode of AMC's hit show The Killing.

Patty began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City. Upon transitioning to filmmaking, she spent eight years as an Assistant Camera Person/Focus Puller on commercials and music videos. After attending the AFI in Los Angeles, she wrote and directed Monster.

Roger Ebert named Monster as The #1 Best Film of 2004 and #3 Best Film of the decade. AFI named it on the Ten Best Films of the Year. Patty also garnered a number of awards and nominations, including winning Best First Feature at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. Charlize Theron went on to sweep the awards circuit winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award, and numerous critics' awards in the Best Actress category.

Jenkins went on to direct many commercials and TV programs including Fox's Arrested Development and HBO's Entourage and the pilot episodes for ABC's Betrayal and Exposed. She won the DGA award for best directing for The Killing pilot, as well as being nominated for an Emmy. She also received an Emmy nomination for her work on the final segment of FIVE - a series of short films about breast cancer.

In 2017, Jenkins broke the record for Biggest Grossing Live-Action Film Directed by a Woman, Domestic and Worldwide, with Wonder Woman. The film also received critical acclaim, broke several records and went on to become highest grossing film of the summer of 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Sam Sheridan (1 September 2007 - present)

Trivia (12)

She attended the director's program at the American Film Institute.
Studied painting and received her undergraduate BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City.
The daughter of a distinguished U.S.A.F. F4 fighter pilot who received the silver star while serving in the Vietnam war. During that time, Jenkins and her family lived in Cambodia and Thailand.
She has two sisters. Her older sister, Elaine Roth, is professor of Film Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and her younger sister, Jessica Jenkins, assisted on the set of Monster (2003).
Took a year off from her career to give birth to her son before returning to direct pilot of The Killing (2011).
In pursuit of writing Monster (2003), Jenkins corresponded with convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who left Jenkins all of her personal letters before Wuornos was executed in Florida.
Is related to Sir Richard Burton. Her father, William Jenkins, was Burton's second cousin.
Traveled back to her hometown of Lawrence, Kansas with buddy Steve Perry (lead singer of Journey) to lecture at the University of Kansas on her film, Monster (2003). [April 2004]
Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
Not only directed Wonder Woman (2017) but shares same birthday as Wonder Woman TV actress Lynda Carter.
She grew up in Lawrence, Kansas.
Was named a runner-up for the 2017 Time Person of the Year.

Personal Quotes (8)

I was into photography and music probably more than anything. I still think probably music is my real love. I think that it's listening to music that made me want to be a filmmaker. When I was in film school, the second I sat down at a Steenbeck with film that I had just shot and put in music to it, that was it. Instantaneously, I couldn't get enough of it, and it had nothing to do with career or want or desire. I liked to sit there and do that twenty-four hours a day. I was like, 'I can't stop doing this. This is it.'
[on the work of directors Elia Kazan, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese] Those guys are great at the tension of the unknown. You don't know where the story is going, and you're not made to feel comfortable or safe.
I really understand visuals in a way that I didn't before, which is by no means to say I'm a master at all. It's only to say that by getting to try out a bunch of different styles, and different lenses, my understanding has become more fluid.
[on Kodak's new Super 8 camera] People like to think that digital mediums can do anything film can do, nowadays, but that simply isn't true. Digital is great for certain things, but it is still different. There are plenty of looks, feelings and qualities that only film can do, and you simply cannot capture digitally. [2016]
[on casting Wonder Woman (2017)] I remember when I read in the news that Wonder Woman had been cast and my heart sank. I had been talking to the studio for so long about doing it and I was like well 'that's that.' I'm sure we wouldn't have made the same choice. And then I started paying attention to her, and watching her and looking at her and it was just unbelievable. (...) Frankly, I think they did a better job than I could have because I don't know that I would have scoured the earth as hard to find her. I don't know that I would've looked internationally. I would have just looked for an American girl. The fact that they found Gal [Gal Gadot] and chose her is a magical gift to me. (...) She shares every quality with Wonder Woman and that's no joke. It's one of those rare things. You need someone who can appear to be Wonder Woman on screen. That's what you're looking for - someone who can embody all of those. [2017]
[observation, 2017] Our fantasy of a hero is that he's the good guy who is going to shut down the bad guy. That has got to change if we want to deal with the crisis that we're in. There is no bad guy. We are all to blame. New kinds of heroics need to be celebrated, like love, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, diplomacy, or we're not going to get there. No one is coming to save us.
[on Wonder Woman (2017)] One of my favorite things about this movie is that being a brave and thoughtful hero is a lesson that is wonderful to hand down. It's not about fame and luck, it's hard to do the right thing, and you might be alone in doing it.
The second I wanted to be a director there were constant flirtations and inappropriate overtures and requests to have meetings in weird places.

Salary (1)

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) $9,000,000

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