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Sarah Catharine Paulson (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress. After beginning her acting career on stage, she starred in the 1990s television series American Gothic (1995–96) and Jack & Jill (1999–2001). Paulson later appeared in comedy films such as What Women Want
What Women Want
(2000) and Down with Love (2003), and had dramatic roles in films such as Path to War
Path to War
(2002) and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). From 2006 to 2007, Paulson played the role of Harriet Hayes in the NBC
NBC
comedy-drama series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, for which she received her first Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
nomination.[1] In 2008, she starred as Ellen Dolan in the superhero noir film The Spirit. Paulson has appeared on Broadway in the plays The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
in 2005 and Collected Stories in 2010.[2][3] She also starred in a number of independent films, and had a leading role on the ABC comedy series Cupid in 2009. She later starred in the independent drama film Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), and received Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance as Nicolle Wallace in the HBO
HBO
film Game Change (2012).[1] She starred as Mary Epps in the 2013 historical drama film 12 Years a Slave and as Abby Gerhard in the 2015 drama film Carol. Both films received widespread critical acclaim and were nominated for multiple Academy Awards. In 2011, Paulson began starring in the FX anthology series American Horror Story, playing different characters in each of the show's seven seasons. For her work throughout the series, she has been nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards between 2013 and 2016 and won two Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries in 2013 and 2015. In 2016, Paulson portrayed real life prosecutor Marcia Clark
Marcia Clark
in the first season of the anthology series American Crime Story, subtitled The People v. O. J. Simpson. For her work in the series, she won the Emmy Award, Critics' Choice Television Award, TCA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. In 2017, Time named Paulson one of the 100 most influential people of the year.[4]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Paulson was born on December 17, 1974, in Tampa, Florida, the daughter of Catharine Gordon (née Dolcater) and Douglas Lyle Paulson II.[5] She lived in South Tampa
South Tampa
until she was 5, when her parents divorced.[6] She then spent time in Maine, before moving to New York City at the age of 5 with her mother. She lived in Queens
Queens
and Gramercy Park, before settling in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She spent her summers in Florida visiting her father.[6] Paulson attended Manhattan's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School[7][8] and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[6] Career[edit] Paulson began working as an actress right out of high school. She appeared in the Horton Foote play Talking Pictures at the Signature Theatre, and in an episode of Law & Order in 1994. The next year Paulson appeared in the Hallmark
Hallmark
film Friends at Last (1995) opposite Kathleen Turner. She starred in the short-lived television series American Gothic. Paulson played Elisa Cronkite in The WB comedy-drama series Jack & Jill (1999).[9]

Paulson at the premiere of 12 Years a Slave at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Paulson had a minor role in the HBO
HBO
series Deadwood and was a focal character in an episode of the critically acclaimed FX series Nip/Tuck. She starred as the main character in the short-lived NBC series Leap of Faith. In 2004, she had a supporting role in the ABC series The D.A., which ended after a few episodes. In theater productions, Paulson starred in a revival of The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
on Broadway and appeared Off-Broadway in Killer Joe, and Colder Than Here. Paulson's film credits include Down with Love, What Women Want, The Other Sister, Levitation, and Serenity. In the 2006–07 television season, Paulson co-starred in NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, playing Harriet Hayes, one of the stars of the show-within-a-show. This role earned her a nomination for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. In December 2008, Paulson appeared in the screen adaptation of Will Eisner's comic book The Spirit, playing an updated version of the character Ellen Dolan.[10] On August 25, 2008, ABC ordered her pilot Cupid to series. It was a remake of the 1998 series starring Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven
and Paula Marshall. In the new version, Paulson starred opposite Bobby Cannavale. It debuted in late March 2009 on ABC but was cancelled on May 19, 2009, after six episodes. In February 2010, Paulson portrayed the circa 1982 mother of main character Meredith Grey, on the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy.[11] She played Nicolle Wallace in the HBO
HBO
film Game Change (2012), based on events of the 2008 U.S. presidential election campaign. In 2011, Paulson guest starred in three episodes of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, playing medium Billie Dean Howard. Paulson returned for season two, American Horror Story: Asylum, in which she played a new character, Lana Winters, a writer who is committed to an asylum for being gay. She appeared in the third season of the series, titled American Horror Story: Coven as Cordelia Foxx, a witch who runs an academy for other young witches. She appeared in the fourth season of the show, titled American Horror Story: Freak Show, portraying conjoined twin sisters Bette and Dot Tattler. She returned for the fifth season, subtitled Hotel, portraying the role of Hypodermic Sally.[12] She also portrayed Billie Dean Howard again for the last episode of the season. Paulson went on to star in the sixth iteration of the series, subtitled Roanoke. She portrayed British actress Audrey Tindall, who appeared in the My Roanoke Nightmare documentary as tortured wife and yoga instructor Shelby Miller. In 2017 she appeared in the show, Cult, where she played restaurant owner Ally Mayfair-Richards. [13]

Paulson at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

Paulson has starred in numerous critically acclaimed films. She played the role of Mary Lee in the 2012 film Mud. In 2013, she starred as Mary Epps in the historical drama film 12 Years a Slave. She then portrayed Abby Gerhard in the 2015 romantic drama film Carol.[14] Paulson has also had a successful theatre career. In 2005, she starred as Laura Wingfield in a revival of Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie alongside Jessica Lange, Josh Lucas, and Christian Slater. In 2010, Paulson starred in Donald Margulies's Collected Stories alongside Linda Lavin. Paulson starred in a revival of Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly
Talley's Folly
alongside Danny Burstein
Danny Burstein
in 2013. In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Campaign
released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting; in the video, Paulson and others told the stories of the people killed there.[15] In 2016, Paulson starred in the true crime anthology series American Crime Story. She portrayed prosecutor Marcia Clark
Marcia Clark
in The People v. O.J. Simpson.[16] She received widespread praise for her performance and won various awards, including the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama and her first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in the series. In 2016, it was announced that Paulson would be part of the ensemble cast of the upcoming heist film Ocean's 8.[17] She starred as actress Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
in one episode of the first season of drama anthology series Feud.[18][19]

Paulson at San Diego Comic Con in 2015

In October 2016, Ryan Murphy announced that Paulson will direct an episode of one of his television shows, as part of his Half project. Murphy's initiative involves at least half of one of his four projects being directed by women, people of LGBT status, and different ethnicities.[20] Personal life[edit] At age 25, Paulson developed melanoma on her back. The mole was later removed before the cancer could spread.[21] Paulson dated actress Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
from 2004 to 2009.[22] In an interview with Broadway.com
Broadway.com
in 2013, referring to her sexuality, she said "the situation is fluid for me."[23] Before her relationship with Jones, she had only dated men, including playwright Tracy Letts, to whom she was engaged.[24] Since early 2015, Paulson has been in a relationship with actress Holland Taylor. [25] Filmography[edit] Main article: Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
filmography Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Sarah Paulson References[edit]

^ a b " Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved January 17, 2014.  ^ Brantley, Ben (March 23, 2005). "A 'Menagerie' Full of Stars, Silhouettes and Weird Sounds". The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2014.  ^ Isherwood, Charles (April 29, 2010). "A Literary Life Can Turn Lonely When the Cheering Stops". The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2014.  ^ Cate Blanchett. "Sarah Paulson". Time. Retrieved September 11, 2017.  ^ "Full text of "Record of the Hampden-Sydney Alumni Association"". Internet Archive.  ^ a b c Persaud, Babita (March 28, 2002). "A big leap from Tampa". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved February 6, 2014.  ^ "A Conversation with Actor: Sarah Paulson". Broadway World. February 4, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.  ^ Yant, Monica (January 3, 1996). "'Gothic' door to stardom opens Series: CONNECTIONS". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 13, 2014.  ^ " Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
– Movies and Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved January 17, 2014.  ^ Dyer, James (25 September 2007). " Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
Full Of The Spirit". empireonline.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017.  ^ Ausiello, Michael (January 20, 2010). "Exclusive: 'Grey's Anatomy' recasts Richard and Ellis!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 13, 2014.  ^ Birnbaum, Debra (October 14, 2015). "'American Horror Story's' Sarah Paulson on That Fall, Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
and Sally's True Addiction". Variety. Retrieved December 2, 2015.  ^ Hayman, Amanda (July 24, 2017). "American Horror Story: Cult Artwork Reveals Season 7 'Love Story'". Screen Rant. Retrieved August 1, 2017.  ^ "Sarah Paulson". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-09-20.  ^ "49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved June 30, 2016.  ^ Goldberg, Lesley (December 9, 2014). "Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson to Star in FX's 'American Crime Story: People v. O.J. Simpson'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 12, 2015.  ^ Hipes, Mike Fleming Jr, Patrick (August 25, 2016). " Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
In Talks To Join 'Ocean's Eight' Crew".  ^ Petski, Denise (August 23, 2016). " Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
Will Play Geraldine Page In Ryan Murphy's Feud For FX". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 28, 2017.  ^ Snierson, Dan. " Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
joins Ryan Murphy's Feud". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 14, 2016.  ^ "Why Tonight's American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Is a Major First for Women in the Franchise". E! Online. Retrieved October 19, 2016.  ^ Allen, Jane E. (June 25, 2002). "Skin Cancer Cases On The Rise Among Teens, Young Adults". Orlando Sentinel.  ^ "Cherry Jones, Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
Split". Us Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2009.  ^ " Talley's Folly
Talley's Folly
Star Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
on Not Starring in Annie, Not Playing Kristin Chenoweth and Not 'Boffing' Jessica Lange". Key Brand Entertainment. Retrieved January 13, 2014.  ^ Schulman, Michael (March 2, 2016). " Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
Opens Up About Acting, Marcia Clark
Marcia Clark
and Dating Older Women". The New York Times. Retrieved March 4, 2016.  ^ Taylor and Paulson in relationship since early 2015, abcnews.go.com, March 2016.

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Awards for Sarah Paulson

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Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2012) Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss
(2013) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2014) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2015) Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
(2016) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2016) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2017)

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Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries

Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2013) Allison Tolman
Allison Tolman
(2014) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2015) Jean Smart
Jean Smart
(2016) Regina King
Regina King
(2016) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(2017)

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
(1954) Mary Martin
Mary Martin
(1955) Claire Trevor
Claire Trevor
(1956) Polly Bergen
Polly Bergen
(1957) Julie Harris (1959) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1960) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
(1961) Julie Harris (1962) Kim Stanley
Kim Stanley
(1963) Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters
(1964) Lynn Fontanne
Lynn Fontanne
(1965) Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
(1966) Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1967) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1968) Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1969) Patty Duke
Patty Duke
(1970) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(1971) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1972) Susan Hampshire
Susan Hampshire
/ Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1973) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
/ Mildred Natwick
Mildred Natwick
(1974) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
/ Jessica Walter
Jessica Walter
(1975) Susan Clark
Susan Clark
/ Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1976) Sally Field
Sally Field
/ Patty Duke
Patty Duke
(1977) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
/ Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1978) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1979) Patty Duke
Patty Duke
(1980) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1981) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1982) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1983) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1984) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1985) Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas
(1986) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(1987) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1988) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1989) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
(1990) Lynn Whitfield
Lynn Whitfield
(1991) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley
(1994) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1995) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1996) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(1997) Ellen Barkin
Ellen Barkin
(1998) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1999) Halle Berry
Halle Berry
(2000) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2001) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2002) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2003) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2004) S. Epatha Merkerson
S. Epatha Merkerson
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2007) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2008) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2009) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2010) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2011) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2012) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2013) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2014) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2015) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2016) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2017)

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film

Jane Seymour (1981) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1982) Ann-Margret
Ann-Margret
(1983) Ann-Margret
Ann-Margret
(1984) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1985) Loretta Young
Loretta Young
(1986) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(1987) Ann Jillian
Ann Jillian
(1988) Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti
(1989) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
(1990) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1991) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(1992) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1993) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1994) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1995) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1996) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(1997) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1998) Halle Berry
Halle Berry
(1999) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2000) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2001) Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
(2002) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(2004) S. Epatha Merkerson
S. Epatha Merkerson
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah
(2007) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2008) Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
(2009) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2010) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2011) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2012) Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss
(2013) Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal
(2014) Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
(2015) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2016) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1996) Jennifer Beals
Jennifer Beals
(1997) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1998) Linda Hamilton
Linda Hamilton
(1999) Jill Hennessy
Jill Hennessy
(2000) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2001) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(2002) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(2004) Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell
(2005) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2006) Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
(2007) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2008) Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
(2009) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2010) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2011) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2012) Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss
(2013) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2014) Sarah Hay (2015) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2016) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1996) Ellen Barkin
Ellen Barkin
(1997) Rita Wilson
Rita Wilson
(1998) Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond
(2001) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2002) Justine Bateman
Justine Bateman
(2003) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(2004) Lisa Edelstein
Lisa Edelstein
(2005) Julie Benz
Julie Benz
(2006) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(2007) Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
(2008) Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
(2009) Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
(2010) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Laura Prepon
Laura Prepon
(2013) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2014) Rhea Seehorn
Rhea Seehorn
(2015) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
/ Rhea Seehorn
Rhea Seehorn
(2016) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
(2017)

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Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1994) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(1995) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1996) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(1997) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1998) Halle Berry
Halle Berry
(1999) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2000) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2001) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(2002) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(2004) S. Epatha Merkerson
S. Epatha Merkerson
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah
(2007) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2008) Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
(2009) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2010) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2011) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2012) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2013) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2014) Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah
(2015) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2016) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2017)

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TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama

Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(1997) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(1998) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
/ David E. Kelley
David E. Kelley
(1999) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2000) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2001) Michael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis
(2002) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2003) Ian McShane
Ian McShane
(2004) Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
(2005) Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
(2006) Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2009) Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies
(2010) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2011) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2012) Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany
(2013) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2014) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2015) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2016) Carrie Coon
Carrie Coon
(2017)

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