Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975) is an American actress. She made her film debut with supporting role in the 2005 comedy film Hitch, and the following year appeared in musical film Idlewild.
Patton had her breakthrough role in the 2006 action thriller film Déjà Vu. She later had the female lead roles in films Mirrors (2008), Swing Vote (2008), Jumping the Broom (2011), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) and 2 Guns (2013). She also co-starred in the critically successful film Precious (2009), and as lead actress starred romantic comedy films Jumping the Broom (2011) and Baggage Claim (2013). Patton is set to star in the upcoming epic fantasy film Warcraft, based on the game series of the same name.
Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (née Vanraden), a school teacher, and Charles Patton, a lawyer. Her mother is Caucasian, and her father is African American. She graduated from Hamilton High School, and then started college at UC Berkeley, transferring to USC Film School after her first year. Shortly after completing her studies, she won a three-month assignment making documentaries for PBS...
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