Briefcase Model #9

Patricia Kara

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Hometown: Chicago, IL

Instagram: @PatriciaKara

You might know her from…

Case #9 on the original "Deal Or No Deal" series from 2005–2009 and from the daytime "Deal or No Deal" series from 2008–2010.

What hobbies are most important to you?

I love dancing and am a big foodie, which caused me to launch my blog "Dish with Trish."

What is the wackiest fun fact about you?

I rode a donkey to my wedding ceremony in Mykonos!

Who do you admire most in the world and why?

I admire my mom the most. She is a very strong woman! She was a single mother with three kids, no family and barely spoke English.

What is your favorite memory of being on the original Deal Or No Deal?

My favorite memory is all the people I worked with on both primetime and the daytime shows. It changed my life personally and professionally! I really love watching the contestants' lives change for the better!

I really love watching the contestants' lives change for the better!
Patricia Kara
Briefcase Model #9
Do you speak another language? If so, what languages do you speak?

I speak fluent Greek.


If you could have dinner with 3 people dead or alive who would they be?

It would have to be my maternal grandparents who passed away before I was born. I would love to learn more about my family history and more about my mom's childhood. She is one of 20 children growing up in a small village in Greece. The third person would be my mom in a better state of mind because she is battling dementia.

If you could be someone else for one day who would it be?

I'd like to trade places with Howie Mandel for the day. I would host "Deal or No Deal," which means he would have to wear a dress and heels for a day!

What has your experience working with the other briefcase models been like?

It becomes a sisterhood. You become "Lifers" (lifelong friends)! I love all the different personalities coming together and how supportive everyone is of each other.

Do you have a side hustle?

I consult with entertainers and help manage their careers. Over my 30 years in the entertainment business, I have developed very strong and reliable contacts in all different facets of the industry. I realized over time that there was a significant amount of value I could provide to people through my experience and those relationships. All of my years of doing these things for myself have helped me understand how valuable mentorship and networking guidance can be for people at any level of the entertainment business.

What is one moment that made you the person you are today?

When I moved to New York. It was the most peaceful time in my life. I learned a lot about myself living there. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. I've always felt a strong connection to New York and how it launched my career!