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Sarah Paulson

1974-12-17 Tampa, Florida, USA

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Sarah Catharine Paulson (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress. She began her acting career in New York City stage productions before starring in the short-lived television series American Gothic (1995–1996) and Jack & Jill (1999–2001). She later appeared in comedy films such as What Women Want (2000) and Down with Love (2003), and drama films such as Path to War (2002) and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). From 2006 to 2007, she starred as Harriet Hayes in the NBC comedy-drama series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, for which she received her first Golden Globe Award nomination. 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 in 2005 and Collected Stories in 2010. She also starred in a number of independent films and had a leading role in the ABC comedy series Cupid (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 portrayal of Nicolle Wallace in the HBO film Game Change (2012). She was featured as Mary Epps in the 2013 historical drama film 12 Years a Slave, as Abby Gerhard in the 2015 romantic drama film Carol, and as Toni Bradlee in the 2017 political drama film The Post, all of which were nominated for multiple Academy Awards. Her other films include Serenity (2005), New Year's Eve (2011), Mud (2012), Blue Jay (2016), Ocean's 8 (2018), Bird Box (2018), Glass (2019), and Run (2020). In 2011, Paulson began starring in the FX anthology series American Horror Story, playing different characters in many of the show's 10 seasons. For her performances in the series, she received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won two Critics' Choice Television Awards. In 2016, she portrayed real-life prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first season of the anthology series American Crime Story, subtitled The People v. O. J. Simpson, for which she garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including the Primetime Emmy Award and the Golden Globe Award. In 2020, Paulson appeared in the FX limited series Mrs. America, and began starring as Nurse Mildred Ratched in the Netflix psychological thriller series Ratched. In 2021, she returned to American Crime Story to portray Linda Tripp in the third season of the show, subtitled Impeachment.


Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration 2022-06-09
Adele One Night Only Self 2021-11-14
Madame X Presents: Madame Xtra Q&A Self 2021-11-18
Run Mother / Diane 2020-11-20
Coastal Elites Clarissa Montgomery 2020-09-12
The Goldfinch Xandra 2019-09-12
Glass Dr. Ellie Staple 2019-01-16
Abominable Dr. Zara (voice) 2019-09-19
Ocean's Team 3.0 Self 2018-09-11
Bird Box Jessica 2018-12-13
Ocean's Eight Tammy 2018-06-07
Reimagining The Met Gala Self 2018-09-11
Rebel in the Rye Dorothy Olding 2017-09-15
The Post Tony Bradlee 2017-12-22
Blue Jay Amanda 2016-10-07
Carol Abby Gerhard 2015-11-20
The Runner Kate Haber 2015-08-07
#twitterkills Sarah Pendersen 2014-02-22
Mud Mary Lee 2013-04-26
12 Years a Slave Mary Epps 2013-10-18
Fairhaven Kate 2013-01-11
Game Change Nicolle Wallace 2012-02-28
Stars In Shorts Woman 2012-09-28
The Time Being Sarah 2012-09-11
New Year's Eve Grace Schwab 2011-12-08
Martha Marcy May Marlene Lucy 2011-10-21
November Christmas Beth Marks 2011-06-21
After-School Special Woman 2011-06-23
Whose Dog Is It Anyway? Emma 2009-03-31
The Spirit Ellen Dolan 2008-12-25
Diggers Julie 2006-09-09
Griffin & Phoenix Peri 2006-09-12
A Christmas Wedding Emily 2006-12-11
Serenity Dr. Caron 2005-09-25
The Notorious Bettie Page Bunny Yeager 2005-09-14
Swimmers Merrill 2005-01-22
Path to War Luci Baines Johnson 2003-10-28
Down with Love Vikki Hiller 2003-05-08
Bug Eilleen 2002-02-28
What Women Want Annie 2000-12-15
Held Up Mary 1999-10-08
The Other Sister Heather Tate 1999-02-26
The Long Way Home Leanne Bossert 1998-03-01
Levitation Acey 1997-04-01
Shaughnessy: The Iron Marshal 1996-06-20
Friends at Last Diana - Age 21 1995-04-02
Talley's Folly Sally Talley
Clybourne Park
Hold Your Breath
I Am Sybil Connie Wilbur