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Date Of BirthJuly 23, 1971
SpouseSam Sheridan
FactStudied painting and received her undergraduate BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City.

Patty Jenkins is an American film director and screenwriter. She is best known for directing the 2017 film Wonder Woman, which became the highest-grossing film directed by a woman.

Jenkins was born in 1971 in Victorville, California. Her father was a Air Force pilot and her mother was a homemaker. She has two older sisters. Jenkins graduated from high school in 1989 and then attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

Jenkins began her career as a director with the short film Monster, which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2003. She then directed episodes of television shows such as Arrested Development, Entourage, and The Killing. In 2017, she directed the film Wonder Woman, which grossed over $821 million at the box office.

Jenkins is married to Sam Sheridan, with whom she has two sons.

General Info

Full NamePatty Jenkins
Date Of BirthJuly 23, 1971
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film director, Television Director
EducationAFI Conservatory, Cooper Union


SpouseSam Sheridan
ParentsEmily Roth, William T. Jenkins
SiblingsJessica Jenkins, Elaine Roth


AwardsIndependent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Film/Miniseries, Robert Award for Best American Film
MoviesWonder Woman, Monster, Five, Velocity Rules, Just Drive

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1[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]
2I 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.
3[re work of directors Kazan, Kubrick, 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.
4I 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.'


1Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
2Traveled 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]
3Is related to Sir Richard Burton. Her father, William Jenkins, was Burton's second cousin.
4In 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.
5Took a year off from her career to give birth to her son before returning to direct pilot of The Killing (2011).
6She 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).
7The 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.
8Studied painting and received her undergraduate BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City.
9She attended the director's program at the American Film Institute.




Wonder Woman2017post-production
Exposed2015TV Movie
Betrayal2013TV Series 1 episode
The Killing2011-2012TV Series 2 episodes
Five2011TV Movie segment "Pearl"
Entourage2006TV Series 2 episodes
Arrested Development2004TV Series 1 episode
Velocity Rules2001Short
Just Drive2001Short


Monster2003written by
Velocity Rules2001Short
Just Drive2001Short


Exposed2015TV Movie executive producer
Betrayal2013TV Series executive producer - 1 episode


The Sarah Silverman Program.2008TV SeriesJill Talley

Camera Department

A Modern Affair1995second assistant camera


Frank & Lola2016special thanks
In-di-vis-i-ble2014Short special thanks
Untold2014/IIspecial thanks
The Breakdown2013TV Movie thanks
Searching for Angela Shelton2004Documentary grateful acknowledgment


Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché2016Documentary post-productionHerself
The Warrior, the Myth, the Wonder2016Video documentary shortHerself
Dawn of the Justice League2016TV ShortHerself
Based on a True Story: The Making of 'Monster'2004Video documentary shortHerself
Filmland2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Charlie Rose2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHerself


Won Awards

2012DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic SeriesThe Killing (2011)
2011LA Femme Filmmaker AwardLA Femme International Film FestivalVisionary Award
2004Franklin J. Schaffner AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
2004Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureMonster (2003)
2001Short Film WinnerTelluride IndiefestVelocity Rules (2001)

Nominated Awards

2012DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-SeriesFive (2011)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesThe Killing (2011)
2005RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Monster (2003)
2004Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalMonster (2003)
2004EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion Picture ScreenplayMonster (2003)
2004Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First ScreenplayMonster (2003)
2004Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScreenplayMonster (2003)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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