You may know Patricia as Dr. Edna Keener on AMC’s Emmy-winning drama Mad Men and as Jane Bodehouse on seven seasons of HBO’s monster hit, True Blood. Patricia has recurred and guest starred in over 50 projects. She seasoned her chops early on performing in everything from standup to murder mysteries to improv. Patricia feels most fortunate to have learned respect for her craft and the art form of acting from her first teacher - the legendary actor Jeff Corey.
She leapt into the SCI-FI genre with her supporting role in Species III. Some of her past television appearances include roles on NCIS, Stalker, Married, 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 stage 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.
In addition to her work in front of the camera, Patricia has written four screenplays.
Patricia balances her life 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 now available on Amazon.com.
She 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.