Patricia Rust, a Los Angeles native, first made her debut in the entertainment world as a child model and was best known as "The Ivory Soap Girl," which helped pay her way through UCLA. Following her graduation with a degree in journalism, Patricia went on to write, produce, and host numerous television shows including "On Cue" for PBS and "Campus Close-Up." You may also recognize her from "Today’s Business" on CNBC.

Patricia also spent time living and working in Hawaii where she produced commercials for Safeway grocery stores and produced a local magazine program called "On Location," as well as national documentaries for PBS.

She returned to the mainland to return to school at the American Film Institute where she won several awards, including the American Film Institute Comedy Writing Competition. Once she completed her studies at AFI, she wrote for several sitcoms including "The Wonder Years", "Golden Girls," and was head writer on "Thirteen East." While at NBC she won a comedy writing award for a variety special, "TV or Not TV."

She left sitcoms to work exclusively on features and movies of the week, including "Maybe Baby" for CBS. She also wrote THE SECRET ISLAND OF TORTUGA, far which she received the first Best Feature Animation Screenplay award from the Santa Clarita International Family Film Festival.

As a member of the Producer's Guild of America, the Writer's Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, she has covered many major Hollywood events for POV: Producer's Guild Magazine, to which she is a contributing editor.

She is also a contributing editor for Spa Quest Magazine and has had several children's short stories appear in The Angel Times Magazine, an internationally published magazine. In her spare time she writes columns for local newspapers such as "The Outlook" and the "Brentwood Breeze."

Recently she decided to change her creative focus to children's books and programming. Her picture book about literacy "The King is Skittledeedoo" is a best-selling chldren's picture book now in its second printing. It is published by the not-for-profit Rust Foundation for Literacy which Patricia Rust founded to help promote literacy throughout the world. All proceeds from the book go to fuel literacy and donations are always welcome.

Patricia is currently the guest of many political figures and schools as she tours with her book as literacy advocate for The Los Angeles Times and through her recognition of a social problem and attempts to remedy it with her book and children's programs.

She has just returned from a tour of the Hawaiian Islands and the State of Wyoming. She next goes to the state of New Jersey. Her literacy web site is called PowerForKids.com.

 

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