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PAULA PATTON (Kate Madison) emerged as an unforgettable talent with her leading role in the Tony Scott thriller "Déjà Vu,” starring opposite Denzel Washington and Jim Caviezel.

Patton was seen in the original musical "Idlewild,” in which she stars among an impressive cast, including Outkast's Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton, Terrence Howard, Ving Rhames and Patti LaBelle. The musical, set in the Prohibition-era American South, is directed by Bryan Barber and produced by Charles Roven. Patton was also seen in Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy "Hitch,” in which she co-starred opposite Will Smith, Eva Mendes and Kevin James. She also appears in "Mirrors,” shot on location in Romania and starring Kiefer Sutherland and Val Kilmer. Patton's most recent film was a passion project entitled "Push.” It's the story of a young African-American girl who has endured unimaginable hardships in her life. Patton plays the challenging role of a teacher who tries to make a difference in the girl's life and reveals to her the opportunity that still awaits her.

Patton grew up in Los Angeles, attending the Hamilton School for the Performing Arts. She always had a passion for acting as well as filmmaking. Following her high school graduation, Patton was chosen as one of four young filmmakers for the PBS documentary series "The Ride,” which followed the filmmakers as they directed their own documentaries about young people across America. After spending her freshman year of college at UC Berkeley with an increasing passion for filmmaking, Patton transferred to the prestigious USC Film School, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Upon graduation, she took jobs as a production assistant and eventually worked her way up to shooting and producing a show entitled "Medical Diaries” for The Discovery Channel. She followed the accomplishment with a year of acting classes, ultimately pursuing a full-time career in acting.


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