Patty Jenkins

Patty Jenkins

Birth name: Patricia Lea Jenkins
Born: July 24, 1971
Age: 51
Birthplace: Victorville, California, U.S.
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Patricia Lea Jenkins[1] (born July 24, 1971) is an American film director and screenwriter. She directed Monster (2003) and Wonder Woman (2017), and is slated to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984.

Jenkins was born July 24, 1971,[2] in Victorville, California,[3] to William T. Jenkins, an Air Force captain and fighter pilot who earned a Silver Star in the Vietnam War, and Emily Roth, who worked in San Francisco as an environmental scientist.[4] She has an older sister, Elaine Roth.[3]

Her father died when she was 7 years old during a NATO mock dogfight in the ocean at the age of 31. Her mom decided to take her and her sister to San Francisco so that she could go to school to become an environmental scientist. Her mom dropped her off at the movies to pass the time while she was at school. This was where she fell in love with the movies. She watched the original Superman starring Christopher Reeve and after leaving that movie she saw what superheroes were designed to do, inspire the superhero within. In that moment she set a goal for herself to make a movie that left people feeling the way she felt walking out of that theater.[5]

She spent kindergarten through her junior year of high school living in Lawrence, Kansas.[6] She received her undergraduate degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993,[7] and her masters in directing from the American Film Institute's AFI Conservatory in 2000.[8] While a student at AFI, Jenkins, an avid fan of the films of Pedro Almodóvar, made the 2001 short film Velocity Rules, that she describes as a cross between a superhero film and Almodóvar's tone about an accident-prone housewife.[9]



Jenkins wrote and directed the 2003 crime drama film Monster about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for killing six men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After the success of Monster, Jenkins was approached by United States Air Force record-setting test pilot Chuck Yeager to develop a film about his life, but the film fell apart. She then attempted to make a movie titled I Am Superman, a film with no relation to the DC Comics character, with Ryan Gosling, but that film was delayed when she became pregnant. After these films fell apart, Jenkins spent the next decade working in television in order to spend more time with her child.[1] During promotion for Wonder Woman, Jenkins stated she still hoped to make I Am Superman with Ryan Gosling.[10]

In 2011 she directed one segment in the made-for-television anthology film Five. In October 2011, she was hired to direct Thor: The Dark World, the first sequel to Thor, but left the project after less than two months over creative differences.[11] In 2014, she was attached to a film about a female assassin called Sweetheart,[12] but that film was never made. In 2015, Jenkins signed on as director for the DC Extended Universe film, Wonder Woman,[13] with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and a story co-written by Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs.[14] Wonder Woman was released in June 2017 and gave Jenkins the biggest domestic opening of all-time for a female director (surpassing previous record holder Fifty Shades of Grey by Sam Taylor-Johnson).[15] With this film, Jenkins also became the first female director of an American studio superhero movie.[16] Wonder Woman eventually became the highest-grossing film directed by a woman, surpassing previous record holder Mamma Mia! by Phyllida Lloyd.[17]

While promoting Wonder Woman, Jenkins mentioned that her next project would likely be a limited television series developed with her husband.[1] This project was later revealed as a horror series titled Riprore to premiere on the video-on-demand service Shudder.[18] In July 2017, the US cable network TNT announced Jenkins would direct the premiere of a six-episode television drama, I Am the Night, written by her author husband Sam Sheridan and featuring her Wonder Woman star Chris Pine. She additionally will serve as an executive producer.[19]

In September 2017, Variety reported Jenkins would return to direct Wonder Woman 2.[20] On December 6, 2017, Jenkins was named by Time magazine as a runner-up for the Time Person of the Year.[21] Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on June 5, 2020. It had originally been scheduled for November 1, 2019.[22] She has been negotiating the terms of her contract with Warner Brothers for an estimated 7 to 9 million dollars, which will be a record breaking salary for a female filmmaker. She signed on to the first film with no guarantee of directing a second film, but envisioned the second one during the making of Wonder Woman, which turned out to benefit her greatly. When she was signed on to do the second film, she had the ability to get a much higher salary than she would have if she had been signed on to do both films from the beginning. Her goal with her negotiations were to make sure she would get the same salary that her male counter parts would be getting for doing this movie and she seems to have succeeded.[5]

Other work

Jenkins, Wonder Woman actresses Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, and U.N. Under-Secretary General Cristina Gallach appeared at the United Nations on October 21, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, to mark the character's designation by the United Nations as its "Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls".[23][24] The gesture was intended to raise awareness of UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.[23][24][25] The decision was met with protests from UN staff members who stated in their petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the character is "not culturally encompassing or sensitive", and served to objectify women. As a result, the character was stripped of the designation, and the project ended December 16.[25]

Personal life

In 2007, Jenkins married Sam Sheridan, a former firefighter and the author of the book A Fighter's Heart.[4] Jenkins and Sheridan have a son together[26] and live in Santa Monica, California.[1]


In 2004, Jenkins won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for her work on Monster[27] and received the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal from the American Film Institute.[28] In 2011, Jenkins received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot of The Killing.[29] She received two nominations from the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, one for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series" for The Killing and the other for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series" for Five. On January 28, 2012, she won the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Dramatic Series for the pilot of The Killing.[30]

Awards and Nominations

Institution Nominee/Winner Nominated for Work Nominated Year
Primetime Emmy Awards Nominee (Primetime Emmy) Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series The Killing (2011) 2011
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Nominee (Saturn Award) Best Director Wonder Woman (2017) 2018
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominee (EDA Female Focus Award) Best Woman Director Wonder Woman (2017) 2018
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominee (EDA Female Focus Award) Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry Wonder Woman (2017) 2018
American Film Institute, USA Winner (Franklin J. Schaffner Award) 2004
Berlin International Film Festival Nominee (Golden Berlin Bear) Monster (2003) 2004
Cannes Film Festival Winner (Kering Women in Motion Award) 2018
Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle Awards Winner (Impact Award) Wonder Woman (2017) 2017
Directors Guild of America, USA Winner (DGA Award) Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series The Killing (2011)
(For episode The Killing: Pilot (2011)
Directors Guild of America, USA Nominee (DGA Award)
Shared With:
Jennifer Aniston (Segment "Mia")
Alicia Keys (Segment "Lili")
Demi Moore (Segment "Charlotte")
Penelope Spheeris (Segment "Cheyanne")
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series Five (2011) 2012
Edgar Allan Poe Awards Nominee (Edgar) Best Motion Picture Screenplay Monster (2003) 2004
Empire Awards, UK Nominee (Empire Award) Best Director Wonder Woman (2017) 2018
Film Independent Spirit Awards Winner (Independent Spirit Award)
Shared with:
Mark Damon (producer)
Donald Kushner (producer)
Clark Peterson (producer)
Charlize Theron (producer)
Brad Wyman (producer)
Best First Feature Monster (2003) 2004
Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee (Independent Spirit Award Best First Screenplay Monster (2003) 2004
Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Nominee (Dorian Award) Wilde Artist of the Year 2018
Hugo Awards Winner (Hugo)
Shared with:
Allan Heinberg (screenplay/story)
Zack Snyder (story)
Jason Fuchs (story)
Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form Wonder Woman (2017) 2018
LA Femme International Film Festival Winner (LA Femme Filmmaker Award) Visionary Award 2011
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Nominee (Sierra Award) Best Screenplay Monster (2003) 2004
National Board of Review, USA Winner (Spotlight Award)
Shared with:
Gal Gadot
Wonder Woman (2017) 2018
North Texas Film Critics Association, US Nominee (NTFCA Award) Best Director Wonder Woman (2017) 2018
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Awards Winner (Steve Friedman Award) Wonder Woman (2017) 2017
Robert Festival Nominee (Robert) Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film) Monster (2003) 2005
Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Nominee (Rondo Statuette) Best Film Wonder Woman (2017) 2017
Telluride Indiefest Winner (Short Film Winner) Velocity Rules (2001) 2001




Year Title Director Writer Other Notes
1995 A Modern Affair No No Yes Second Assistant Camera
2001 Velocity Rules Yes Yes No Best Short Film at Telluride Indiefest[32]
2003 Monster Yes Yes No Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature
2017 Wonder Woman Yes No No Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Director
2020 Wonder Woman 1984 Yes[20] Yes Yes Also producer[33][34]


Year Title Director Producer Other Notes
2004 Arrested Development Yes No No Episode: "The One Where They Build a House"
2006 Entourage Yes No No Episodes: "Crash and Burn" and "The Release"
2008 The Sarah Silverman Program No No Yes Episode: "Fetus Don't Fail Me Now"[35]
2011 Five Yes No No Television film; segment: "Pearl"
2011-2012 The Killing Yes No No Episodes: "Pilot" and "What I Know"
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Drama Series
2013 Betrayal Yes Executive No Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Exposed Yes Executive No Unaired pilot[36]
2019 I Am the Night Yes Executive No Episodes: "Pilot" and "1.2"

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