Extraordinary talent, keen wit, tenacity and a bizarre sense of humor are the elements of Patrika Darbo's formula for success. Her formula is working magic.
Patrika, born in Jacksonville, Florida, attended Georgia Southern College, the Theater Atlanta School of Drama, and performed with Theatre Atlanta. Patrika moved to California to pursue an acting career and took a job as a credit manager to pay her bills. She performed in television shows, commercials and community theatre at every possible opportunity. It was at the Burbank Little Theatre where she met her husband, Rolf Darbo. He was the stage manager and she was in the chorus for a production of Anything Goes. They married two years later on the stage of the Golden Mall Playhouse. The theatre continued to play an integral part in her life, causing Patrika's supervisor in the credit department to force her to make a decision between acting and upholding the "corporate image." With little hesitation, Patrika quit her 9-to-5 job to become a full-time actress.
It seems that Patrika made the right decision. She was cast almost immediately in the stage production of Cheatin' by Del Shores. Her success led her to a role in Shore's next play, Daddy's Dyin' … Who's Got the Will?, a role she recreated for the MGM film version of the play. Patrika was presented with the Golden Cane Award for Best Actress at the 10th Annual International Comedy Film Festival in Vevey, Switzerland, for her comedic achievement. Audiences have since enjoyed Patrika's work on both the big and small screens. You may remember her performance in In the Line of Fire with John Malkovich and Clint Eastwood, or in Leaving Normal with Christine Lahti and Meg Tilly, a role which earned her rave reviews. She has also worked with Whoopi Goldberg in Corrina, Corrina (she was the waitress who teaches Tina Majorino to respond with a tap on her nose) and was heard as the third sheep on the left in Babe. She reunited with Clint Eastwood, who directed her as the pivotal character in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (she playted a nurse).
Patrika's stage credits include Never Too Late, The American Dream, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Don't Drink the Water, George M, and the critically acclaimed, Club Indigo, Revisited.
Patrika also appeared in the critically acclaimed Disney/ABC telepic "The Ruby Bridges Story". She portrayed Roseanne in the controversial NBC-TV Movie of the Week, Roseanne and Tom: Behind the Scenes". Some of her favorite television credits include a series regular on Step by Step, and guest appearances on Sisters, The Client, Seinfeld, Growing Pains, Grace Under Fire and General Hospital. In the late 80s, she was in a commercial for Tetley Tea (remember those round tea bags?) She can also be spotted in a commercial for Off, where she plays a little boy's visiting aunt. Patrika also played a small role on Knots Landing as a customer.
Patrika's wit and humor have established her as a veteran of the talk show circuit, where she was noted as a favorite guest of Johnny Carson. Other talk show appearances include Jay Leno's The Tonight Show, The Dennis Miller Show, E!'s Inside World, and HBO's Comedy Central.
Patrika is enjoying her role on Days and is quickly becoming accustomed to the frenetic pace of daytime television. She celebrates her birthday on April 6 and has red hair and hazel eyes. She and her husband share their LA home with two dogs, a Cairn Terrier named Rocky and a Lab mix, Shooter.
Funfacts about Patrika:
· She has proved she is able to do both comedy and drama having co starred in the comedy Step By Step playing Suzanne Somers' character's sister for the 1st season and then going onto play the popular role of Nancy in Days Of Our Lives,proving that she is able to play leading lady roles also.She has a very busy acting career and is winning good reviews and many fans.
· Her step-dad worked for the Atlanta Braves.
· She said: "This is who I am, and whether I'm thin or I'm heavy, I'm still a good actress." She's not kidding.
· She won a Soap Opera Digest Award (for Outstanding Female Newcomer) after her first nomination!
· Patrika has the same birthday (April 6) as Marilu Henner, Merle Haggard, and Billy Dee Williams.