Patricia was born at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland to Lawrence and Elizabeth Richardson. Her father, a Naval Academy Graduate, was a fighter and test pilot and later an aeronautical engineer and executive. Her mother was a housewife. Both of her parents were military brats themselves. Her father was the son of an Admiral and her mother was the daughter of a Marine Corps General. She has three sisters, all of whom appear on the Lifetime Intimate Portrait special (along with her parents) and the E Entertainment Biography about her. She was married to Ray Baker, an actor, and has three children by him: Henry, and twins, Joe and Roxie. She is best known for starring for 8 seasons with Tim Allen on the ABC TV show Home Improvement as Jill Taylor. She was nominated for one Viewers for Quality Television Award, two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy, and four Emmy Awards. She also co-hosted the Emmy Awards with 'Ellen DeGeneres' in 1994. Previously she had starred on a series for Norman Lear called Double Trouble She also starred in two shows from one of the creators of the Mary Tyler Moore show, Alan Burns: Eisenhower & Lutz with Scott Bakula, and FM with Robert Hays. She starred on Lifetime Television in Strong Medicine, a drama series written for basic cable. She was given a commendation and nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series by the Prism Awards. She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her first starring role in a movie for Ulee's Gold, opposite Peter Fonda. She has also received a Vision Award, and a Topaz Award from Women In Film in Texas.
Ms. Richardson received a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and spent several years in New York doing theatre. She created roles in two Beth Henley plays on and off- Broadway: Collard in The Wake of Jamie Foster, and Elaine in The Miss Firecracker Contest. She also played Janice in Michael Weller's Loose Ends, had parts in Kevin Wade's Cruise Control, and Mark O'Donnell's Fables For Friends. From her very first audition in New York, she won the understudy role of young Gypsy Rose Lee in the Angela Lansbury revival of Gypsy in New York. In the last year she wrapped a film California Dreaming co-starring Lea Thompson and Dave Foley, and Beautiful Wave starring with Aimee Teegarden and Lance Henriksen. She is also the spokesperson for the disease her father died of, PSP