Paula Patton

Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975) is an American actress. She is mostly known for her appearances in the films Idlewild (2006), Déjà Vu (2006), Mirrors (2008), Swing Vote (2008), Precious (2009), Just Wright (2010), and Jumping the Broom (2011). Patton was born in Los Angeles, to Joyce (née Vanraden), a European American school teacher, and Charles Patton, an African American lawyer. She grew up in Los Angeles, attending Hamilton High School. She started college at UC Berkeley, transferred to USC Film School after her first year, and graduated magna cum laude. Shortly after completing her studies, she won a three-month assignment making documentaries for PBS. Later she worked for the Discovery Health Channel as producer for the show Medical Diaries. Her first acting role was a small part in 2005's Hitch, which starred Will Smith and Eva Mendes. She followed that with a small part in the drama London and appeared alongside OutKast members Andre Benjamin and Big Boi in Idlewild. Patton's big break came in 2006 when she landed the pivotal role of Claire Kuchever in the science-fiction thriller Déjà Vu, starring Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer. She played television reporter...


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