Patricia J. Rust was born in Los Angeles, California to William Evans Rust, Jr. and Jackie Knox Rust on September 24, 1961, and attended Palisades High School, UCLA for a B.A. in English and a M.F.A. in Theatre, Film, and Television before continuing to a comedy specialization at The American Film Institute. Her brother, Charles Knox Rust, also played a vital role in her family that was a creative one, and also included Oscar winning composers like Alfred Newman whose offspring are Thomas and David Newman. Growing up in a creative environment brought her head to head with Georgia O'Keefe, Henry Miller, Jimmy Stewart, all of whom were regulars in her life thanks to her parents who made sure she met Presidents to astronauts. Her mother was a fine artist and long time president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club.
Patricia Rust started her career as a child model. She was one of four Ivory Soap Girls and has also been Miss Minolta Camera and one the popular Budweiser Girls. She modeled her way through school and while attending UCLA, she worked as a travel writer and spa reviewer for several magazines and served as editor of the Daily Bruin. Straight out of college, she wrote and produced magazine shows such as On Cue, On Location, leading to stints on morning shows for network affiliates such as WVUE for the ABC affiliate in New Orleans. She later completed the Comedy Writing Program at the American Film Institute, where she won the Sketch Comedy Writing Competition and shone as a comedy talent. As an editor, she helped launch new magazines such as Movies Now and POV.
Based on the sale of her first screenplay to Warner Bros, she was hired by NBC as a sitcom writer and won their in-house award for the Best Network Comedy Writer in 1990. In the late 1990s, she turned her attention towards children's projects. She developed "Rusty," an animated children's series for the Fox Kids Network as part of a development deal. Her illustrated children's book, "The King of Skittledeedoo" sold out its first two edition and is now in its third edition and has been praised by First Ladies, politicians, educators, and kids themselves.
In 2000, Ms. Rust founded The Rust Foundation for Literacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging literacy in children. She is currently Chairman of the organization and became the literacy advocate for the "Los Angeles Times" and has traveled the world spreading her literacy message to over 100,000 children.
Forming www.powerforkids.com and www.jackietheangel.com, she found ways to disseminate free stories to children globally and re-named her not-for-profit 501c3 Power for Kids as she endeavors to bring power to children through developing a burning desire to read, write, and spell in children that will sustain them for a lifetime.
The organization, now in its 11th year, has been funded in part by the Annenberg Foundation and the Hilton Foundation and continues to do reading programs in schools and to donate books to every organization that needs books. They also have a "Make a Book" program where school children create their own special occasion books. Many celebrities have lent their name to this organization.
Patricia and her mother, Jackie, the fine artist, share in many art shows together depicting flowers of all shapes and sizes, having been inspired by having lived in China and their friendship with Georgia O'Keefe and her sister. Recently, they began a line of jewelry together: www.flowersofaloha.com/jewelry. Each piece is custom made using lost wax, semi-precious stones, and South Sea pearls -- something they had been working on for 20 years! The line is made with silver so as to be affordable for everyone or platinum and diamonds for the discriminating customer.
This year Patricia and her mother debut their book, A Painter's Garden, in which Jackie does all the flower artwork and Patricia writes a poem for each unique piece.
Patricia has addressed teachers, governor's wives, and the LAPD with an urgent message about literacy and the importance of exciting children about the power of learning and its value in preventing crime. She has also presented the Teacher of the Year Award for Los Angeles, been a speaker at the National Association of Television Executives, UCLA where she is president of an alumni association, The L.A.Zoo, and has spoken on behalf of Verizon on the subject of literacy.
She is a member of professional organizations which include The Writers Guild, The Producers Guild where she is a former board member, The Screen Actors Guild, The Television Academy, The Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors, and serves on the board of the Beverly Hills Women's Club which supports many charities.
In her spare time, she photographs flowers, swims on the masters team, does yoga, writes haiku, and travels.
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