Before Patricia's role as evil Nurse Mary Pat on General Hospital, you may have recognized her as Dr. Edna Keener on AMC’s Emmy-winning drama Mad Men and as Jane Bodehouse for seven seasons on HBO’s monster hit, True Blood. Patricia has recurred and guest starred in over 50 projects including For The People, HTGAWM, NCIS, Stalker, Married, Mike & Molly, Touch, Desperate Housewives, My Name Is Earl, Boston Legal, Gilmore Girls, Everybody Loves Raymond, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Seinfeld and had recurring roles on Cold Case, Sons of Tucson, Grey’s Anatomy and The Norm Show.
Garnering critical acclaim while honing her craft on stage, she received two Drama Logue Awards for her performances in 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. Exploring all avenues in the art form, Patricia has been seen on stage in everything from standup to murder mysteries to improv. She feels most fortunate to have learned respect for her craft and the art form of acting from her first teacher and coach - the legendary actor Jeff Corey.
As a writer/director/producer, Patricia has also had her writing produced on stage and in film and print. Patricia has completed four screenplays and is always writing cuttingly on a new web series project. She has produced a number of live arts events including a tribute to the works of Paddy Chayefsky an All Star Reading of “Marty” at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Patricia balances her life by bringing awareness to the needs of caregivers. Understanding all too well the gift and cost of being a caregiver to those you love, she co-wrote What Can I Do? A Guide for Family and Friends of Caregivers. In layman's terms Bethune (with Barbara Sweeney) lays out a bottom line approach to how to support those caring for others. Reviewed as an essential tool for all those going through the process now, as well as, those who will be in the future, this handbook is available on Amazon.com.
Patricia volunteers her time as a spokesperson for The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, one of the best sources for information on this issue. In that capacity, Patricia directed and produced a Public Service Announcement she co-wrote with Mrs. Carter for the Institute.