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 "Todays 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
"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.