Patricia Resnick has enjoyed a long and successful career as a screen and television writer. In her early twenties, she garnered her first writing credit on Robert Altman’s A Wedding. For A Wedding she received both a British Academy Award nomination and A Writers Guild Award nomination. She also co-wrote Quintet for Altman starring Paul Newman. Resnick’s next film was the classic comedy, 9 to 5, which marked Dolly Parton’s film debut and became one of the top grossing films of all time. Her next feature, Maxie, starred Glenn Close and Mandy Patinkin. Straight Talk, which Resnick rewrote from a script by Craig Bolotin, starred James Woods and Dolly Parton.
Resnick has had five movies written for television air in the last few years…most recently The Battle Of Mary Kay starring Shirley MacLaine, Parker Posey and Shannen Doherty. Both MacLaine and Posey received Golden Globe nods for their parts. Others include “The Expendables’ for USA, “Jenifer” starring Laura San Giacomo and Jane Kaczamarek for CBS and “Price of a Broken heart” starring Park Overall and Laura Innes for Lifetime. Her earlier television work includes Ladies In Waiting for PBS which starred Annie Potts, Elizabeth Wilson, Sally Kirkland, Ronee Blakley, Susan Tyrrell and Annette O’Toole.
Her theatre work includes sketches for Lily Tomlin’s first one woman Broadway show Appearing Nitely and a musical version of Ladies which was performed successfully at the Woodstock Summer Playhouse and shortly thereafter at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago and starred, among others, Megan Mullally.
She made her directorial debut with “Grandpa’s Funeral” a short for Showtime which she also wrote. She received two Cable Ace nominations for writing and directing and Resnick won for writing in the category of best dramatic special or series.
She is currently a consulting producer on this, the final season of Mad Men. She wrote “Steps” a half hour pilot for Showtime television, wrote and produced a 26 episode series of the Caldecott Honor children’s book “Olivia” for Nick Jr. to air in 2009, and adapted her screenplay of 9 to 5 for Broadway, with music and lyrics are by Dolly Parton, produced by Robert Greenblatt and directed by Joe Mantello.