Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975) is an American actress. She is known for her appearances in the films Idlewild (2006), Dj Vu (2006), Mirrors (2008), Swing Vote (2008), Precious (2009), Just Wright (2010), Jumping the Broom (2011), and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011). Patton was born in Los Angeles, California to Joyce (ne Vanraden), a European American school teacher, and Charles Patton, an African American lawyer. She graduated from Hamilton High School, and then started college at UC Berkeley, transferring to USC Film School after her first year and graduating 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.
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