Sarah Paulson

Actress
Throughout her versatile career, actress Sarah Paulson took on a variety of big and small screen roles which traversed all time periods and genres, from the frontiers of America's Old West on to the backstage corridors ... Read more »
Born: 12/16/1974 in Tampa, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

American Crime Story 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

American Horror Story 2011 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Jill 1999 - 2001, 2012 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1999 - 2002, 2012 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Runner 2015 (Movie)

Kate Haber (Actor)

Claire's Cambodia 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

Mistress Epps (Actor)

Fairhaven 2013 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Mud 2013 (Movie)

Mary Lee (Actor)

Stars In Shorts 2012 (Movie)

(After School Special) (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2007, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martha Marcy May Marlene 2011 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Grace Schwab (Actor)

The Time Being 2011 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cupid 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spirit 2008 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

A Christmas Wedding 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Diggers 2007 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Griffin and Phoenix 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Swimmers 2006 (Movie)

Merrill (Actor)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

Bunny Yeager (Actor)

Deadwood 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Serenity 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Caron (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The D.A. 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

Vikki Hiller (Actor)

Bug 2002 (Movie)

Eilleen (Actor)

Leap of Faith 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Held Up 2000 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Levitation 1999 (Movie)

Acey Rawlin (Actor)

The Other Sister 1999 (Movie)

Heather (Actor)

Cracker 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Gothic 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Life 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends at Last (TV Show)

Actor

Game Change (TV Show)

Actor

November Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Path To War (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Way Home (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Throughout her versatile career, actress Sarah Paulson took on a variety of big and small screen roles which traversed all time periods and genres, from the frontiers of America's Old West on to the backstage corridors of contemporary late-night television and everything in between. Paulson began showcasing her abilities on the small screen and had her breakthrough role on the cult series "American Gothic" (CBS, 1995-98). After entering the feature world, she landed her second major series with the comedic drama "Jack & Jill" (The WB, 1999-2001), while making further strides in movies with "Held Up" (1999) and "What Women Want" (2000). She went on to supporting turns in dramas like "Path to War" (HBO, 2002) and lighthearted fare like "Down With Love" (2003), before turning in a fine performance as an undercover Pinkerton agent on "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-05). From there, Paulson was catapulted to stardom as one of the critically acclaimed stars on the high-profile, but short-lived drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07). At the same time, she made brief tabloid news where her partner, Cherry Jones, inadvertently outed her in a Tony Awards acceptance speech. Meanwhile, Paulson's career continued unabated with a string of guest starring roles and an acclaimed supporting turn in "Game Change" (HBO, 2011). Definitely paying her dues on a number of short-lived TV series and highly anticipated films that fell flat, Paulson was a savvy performer who managed to find success going down a road less traveled.

Relationships

Cherry Jones Actor

Companion
Indirectly outed by her girlfriend Cherry Jones during the 59th Tony Awards (2005), when Jones thanked Paulson by her character's (for "The Glass Menagerie") name during her acceptance speech for her work in "Doubt" Jones confirmed their split in October 2009

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts

New York , New York 1993

Milestones

2011

Cast opposite Elizabeth Olsen in the drama thriller "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

2011

Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year’s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall

2010

Co-starred with Linda Lavin in the Broadway production of "Collected Stories"

2009

Cast in Alexander Dinelaris' "Still Life" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre

2008

Played Dr. Ellen Dolan, the police commissioner's daughter in Frank Miller's adaptation of "The Spirit"

2006

Cast as Harriet Hayes, one of the stars of the show-within-a-show on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"; earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2007 for Best Supporting Actress

2006

Portrayed photographer Bunny Yeager in the HBO film "The Notorious Bettie Page"

2005

Cast as Miss Isringhausen on the acclaimed HBO series "Deadwood"

2003

Had a supporting role in the romantic comedy "Down With Love," starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor

2002

Cast as the lead on the short-lived NBC sitcom "Leap of Faith"

2000

Played Mel Gibson's assistant in the screen comedy "What Women Want"

1999

Returned to series TV as a regular on The WB series "Jack & Jill"

1998

Had supporting role in the off-Broadway production of "Killer Joe"

1997

First leading role in features, "Levitation"

1995

Cast in first regular series role as Merlyn Temple on the CBS drama "American Gothic"

1995

Made TV-movie debut in the CBS drama "Friends at Last"

1994

TV debut, guest spot on the legal cop show "Law & Order" (NBC)

Grew up in New York and Maine

Moved to Manhattan to attend LaGuardia High School

Acted off-Broadway in "Talking Pictures"

Made Broadway debut in "The Sisters Rosenzweig"

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