You may know Patricia as “Dr. Edna Keener"on AMC’s Emmy winning drama Mad Men and as “Jane Bodehouse” on HBO’s monster hit, True Blood. Patricia has recurred and guest starred in over 50 projects in her now thriving second career. She seasoned her chops early on performing in everything from standup in local venues to murder mysteries to improv. Patricia feels most fortunate to have learned respect for her craft and the art form from her first teacher - the legendary actor Jeff Corey. She leapt into the scifi genre with her supporting role in Species III. Some of her past television appearances include roles on Mike & Molly, Touch, Sons of Tucson, Desperate Housewives, My Name Is Earl, Cold Case, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, Everybody Loves Raymond, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Seinfeld.
Ms. Bethune has worked steadily on the boards in Los Angeles performing in over 25 plays, garnering critical acclaim as well as two Drama Logue Awards, for the comedies MoonPuppies and Gynecomedy (an all female sketch comedy show which she also directed); a Garland Honorable Mention and an Ovation Honorable Mention for her role as Mildred in Dorothy Parker’s “Ladies of the Corridor.”
Originally from Chicago, she worked her way around the country in her first career as a commercial lines insurance underwriter. Patricia knew that sitting in a cubicle looking for what could go wrong each day was not the right path for her. She tried many different job options and then, after taking an acting class at Santa Monica College, auditioned for her first play, the west coast premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Good and got that role and roles in the next five plays she auditioned for as well. This set a new direction for her life and she has been working on the stage and in television and film ever since.
She has balanced her life mentoring new actors, as well as individuals transitioning from one career to another, and understands all too well the gift and cost of being a caregiver to those you love. Her Caregiver Advocacy passion includes bringing awareness to the needs of caregivers and how friends and family can support them. She has authored "What Can I Do? A Guide for Family and Friends of Caregivers." In layman's terms Bethune (with Barbara Sweeney) layout a bottom line approach on how to support those caring for others. This handbook, reviewed as an essential tool for all those going through the process now as well as those who will be in the future, is now available on Amazon.com
She volunteers her time as spokesperson for The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, one of the best sources to start your search for information on this issue.
In addition,she has created a Patricia Bethune Caring for Caregivers page on Facebook dedicated to providing user friendly ideas and solutions to friends and family on how to best help the caregiver. Here's a link: