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PATRICIA WHITCHER (Executive Producer) most recently served as executive producer on “The Avengers.” Directed by Joss Whedon, and featuring a pantheon of Marvel superheroes, the film broke all opening weekend box office records upon its release in May 2012. Whitcher first entered the Marvel universe as executive producer of Kenneth Branagh’s epic “Thor,” which was also a boxoffice blockbuster, embraced by fans as well as critics. She continued her association with Marvel by reuniting with the all-star lineup of Superheroes on the blockbuster sequel, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
As executive producer of “The Soloist” for director Joe Wright, Whitcher led her cast and crew from the streets of L.A.’s skid row to the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Based on a true story, “The Soloist” starred Robert Downey, Jr., as Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, and Jaime Foxx as homeless cello prodigy Nathaniel Ayers.
Whitcher also found herself in downtown L.A., among other locations, as executive producer of “Dreamgirls,” Bill Condon’s film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical which garnered dozens of awards, including two Oscars®.
Whitcher also executive produced “Memoirs of a Geisha,” the lavish film adaptation of Arthur Golden’s best-selling novel, for director Rob Marshall. “Geisha” earned six Academy Award® nominations and won Oscars® for its art direction, cinematography and costumes.
Her credits also include executive producing “The Terminal” for director Steven Spielberg, and P.J. Hogan’s smash hit “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” She also produced the cult favorite “Unconditional Love,” for Hogan. Whitcher’s producing credits also include “Moonlight Mile,” “Where the Heart Is,” “How to Make an American Quilt,” “High School High” and “A Dangerous Woman.” Earlier in her career, she was unit production manager on “True Lies,” “The Meteor Man,” “The Lawnmower Man,” “Iron Maze” and “Darkman.”
Whitcher is a lifelong Los Angeles resident, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, and the mother of two children.