Patricia initially preferred Emily Van Camp to play the role of her character, Holly's daughter on Brothers and Sisters because she believed them to have chemistry. Emily got the part.
After attending college, Patricia performed with New York's Circle Repertory Company between 1980-81. She appeared in such off-Broadway productions including "Innocents, Thoughts, Harmless Intentions," "The Woolgatherer," "Childe Byron," "The Diviners" and "Threads".
Patricia studied at Temple University in Philadelphia after she graduated high school.
Patricia is 5'4½" (1.64 m).
Patricia's daughter Roxanne also had a guest-starring role on Brothers & Sisters in 2007.
Patricia's husband, Ken Olin guest starred on Brothers & Sisters in 2007-08 as her character's love interest. Olin is also a producer on the show.
Wettig is of German descent.
Patricia has three sisters: Pam, Phyllis, and Peggy.
She enjoys the chemistry between her and Sally Field on Brothers & Sisters.
Patricia's son, Clifford, also works on Brothers and Sisters, as a writer.
Patricia's son, Clifford, attended preschool with Lizzie Herskovitz, Marshall Herskovitz's daughter. Marshall Herskovitz was one of the producers of Thirtysomething, which Patricia and Ken were cast in.
In 2005, Patricia was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play My Andy. The award honors outstanding work by female playwrights.
Before costarring on Brothers & Sisters, Patricia Wettig and Ron Rifkin worked together on Alias, where he played Arvin Sloane and she played Dr. Judy Barnett.
Patricia and her husband, Ken Olin, costarred in Thirtysomething in the early '90s. They were married long before, since 1982.
Patricia has a recurring role on Alias, as Dr. Judy Barnett. Ken Olin, Patricia's husband, is the series' producer and director.
Patricia was Shirley MacLaine's personal dresser.
Patricia studied acting at the Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York, New York.
Patricia studied Drama at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Patricia got her master's degree in Playwriting from Smith College in May of 2001.
In 1991, Patricia won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama, for Thirtysomething.
Patricia has won 3 Emmy Awards for Thirtysomething: 1988 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. 1990, and 1991 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Patricia married Ken Olin on November 8, 1982. They have two kids, Roxanne and Clifford.
Patricia: If I was a farmer, I'd have a long gray ponytail. But I wouldn't show up today with gray roots. If everybody is having surgery and you haven't, you look old.
Patricia (on winning a Golden Globe for her portrayal as a cancer patient): Somebody told me the other day, 'Oh, you won a Golden Globe,' and that's great, and it's not that I don't like winning those things. Those are fun. Those are like putting on a hat. But when people relate in that deepest way to what I've done, that's the stuff that feeds my soul.
Patricia (on working with husband, Ken): We've always worked together. It's so much a part of how we do things, we don't see it as peculiar. I would expect some whispers (from jealous actors), but I don't know that I care that much.
Patricia: (on what sets Brothers & Sisters apart) I think you'll be able to recognize your families and your issues, and not just watch it as a fantasy show. Fantasy shows are great - I'm not knocking them - but for my other appetite, I like to find myself.
Patricia: (on bringing work home) I know that when we did Thirtysomething it was very hard for us to leave it at work. We were so in the middle of that show. But Brothers & Sisters is new, so we'll see where it ends up going. Hopefully, you can bring it home to a certain extent and then that's enough; it's back to our lives.
Patricia: (on viewer's reaction to her role on "Brothers and Sisters") People come up to me and say, "Oh, I wanted to hate your character! You're the evil woman, the nemesis.... But last week you said something that made me want to like you."