Sarah Paulson is an American actress. In 2017, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulson began her acting career in New York City stage productions before starting to act in television series. Now, she has become one of the finest actors in Hollywood, Broadway and Off-Broadway, and has delivered powerful performances, one after the other.
Sarah 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 television film Friends at Last in 1995 opposite Kathleen Turner.
She also starred in the short-lived television series American Gothic that same year, playing the ghost of a murdered woman. In 1997, Paulson made her feature film debut in the independent thriller film Levitation. In the same year, Sarah Paulson was a featured actress (Janice/Nina) in the two-part episode “True Romance” of Cracker, which starred Robbie Coltrane.
She also appeared Off-Broadway in a fall 1998 production of Killer Joe. She subsequently played Elisa Cronkite in The WB comedy-drama series Jack & Jill in 1999. The same year, she was also cast opposite Juliette Lewis and Diane Keaton in the drama The Other Sister, and in a supporting part playing a hostage in the comedy Held Up, opposite Jamie Foxx.
The following year, the actress had a small supporting role in the comedy What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Sarah Paulson had a minor recurring role in the HBO series Deadwood and was a focal character in an episode of the FX series Nip/Tuck. She starred as the main character in the NBC series Leap of Faith. Paulson was then cast in the period comedy Down with Love in 2003.
In 2004, she had a supporting role in the ABC series The D.A., which was canceled after only four episodes. In 2005, Paulson starred in a revival of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, opposite future Jessica Lange. Later that year, Paulson appeared Off-Broadway in the production of Colder Than Here, opposite Lily Rabe. The production received an unfavorable review from the critics.
Also, in 2005, Paulson had a small role in the Joss Whedon-directed science fiction film Serenity. In the 2006–07 television season, Paulson co-starred in NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. This role earned her a nomination for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.
In 2008, Paulson appeared in the screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s comic book The Spirit. That same year, ABC cast Paulson in the pilot Cupid, which was ordered to series. It was a remake of the 1998 series starring Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall. In the new version, Paulson starred opposite Bobby Cannavale. It debuted in 2009 on ABC but was canceled after six episodes.
In 2010, Paulson was cast in Grey’s Anatomy, appearing in a flashback sequence in a season-six episode. She then played Nicolle Wallace in the HBO film Game Change in 2012. For her performance, she earned Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations.
Sarah also starred in Donald Margulies’s Collected Stories alongside Linda Lavin on Broadway. The same year, Paulson filmed the independent drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, in which she starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Hugh Dancy, portraying the wealthy sister of a woman who has escaped a cult. The film was released in 2011.
Simultaneously, Sarah Paulson guest-starred in three episodes of the FX anthology series American Horror Story. The actress returned the following year 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 a lesbian. During this time, she also played the supporting role of Mary Lee in the acclaimed 2012 drama film Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey.
Sarah Paulson returned to theater in March 2013, appearing in an Off-Broadway production of Talley’s Folly opposite Danny Burstein, She then starred in the third season of American Horror Story, titled Coven in 2013 as Cordelia Foxx. The same year, she starred as Mary Epps, an abusive slave-owner, in the historical drama film 12 Years a Slave. The film was a critical success, earning numerous accolades.
In 2014, Sarah Paulson appeared in the fourth season of the series of American Horror Story, titled Freak Show. She returned for the fifth season, subtitled Hotel, in the role of Hypodermic Sally, the ghost of a drug addict trapped in a Hollywood hotel. Sarah also reprised the character of Billie Dean Howard in the last episode of the season, making a crossover appearance.
The actress also took on the role of Abby Gerhard in the Todd Haynes-directed romantic drama Carol in 2015, a period piece in which she played the supporting role of Cate Blanchett’s close friend. In 2016, Paulson starred in the first season of the true-crime anthology series American Crime Story, subtitled The People v. O.J. Simpson, portraying prosecutor Marcia Clark.
She garnered widespread critical acclaim for her performance and won various awards. Sarah next starred in the sixth iteration of American Horror Story, subtitled Roanoke, and also appeared in the series’ seventh season, Cult in 2017. Paulson also starred as Geraldine Page in one episode of the first season of the drama anthology series Feud.
Paulson was then cast in the heist film Ocean’s 8 in 2018, co-starring with Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, and Rihanna. The film was a commercial success, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office. Sarah Paulson returned for the eighth season of American Horror Story, titled Apocalypse. Paulson also directed one of the season’s episodes, marking her directorial debut.
She played Sandra Bullock’s character’s sister, Jessica, in the drama horror film Bird Box, which was released on Netflix. In 2019, Sarah Paulson starred in the superhero thriller film Glass and the drama film The Goldfinch, as well as the animated adventure film Abominable. She then starred as Alice Macray in the FX limited drama series Mrs. America in 2020.
Sarah also starred as Clarissa Montgomery in the HBO satirical comedy television film Coastal Elites and the Netflix drama series Ratched. The first season was released on September 18, 2020.
Paulson starred in the thriller film Run, opposite Kiera Allen. It went on to become the most-watched original film on streaming platform Hulu.
In 2021, Sarah Paulson portrayed Linda Tripp in the third season of the true-crime anthology series American Crime Story, subtitled Impeachment. The actress also returned to American Horror Story for its tenth season, after being absent for the ninth season.
Date of Birth: 17th December 1974
Weight: 55 kg
1999: The Other Sister, Held Up
2000: What Women Want
2003: Down with Love
2005: Swimmers, Serenity, The Notorious Bettie Page
2006: Diggers, Griffin and Phoenix
2008: The Spirit
2009: Whose Dog Is It Anyway?
2011: Martha Marcy May Marlene, After-School Special, New Year’s Eve
2012: Mud, Fairhaven, The Time Being, Stars in Shorts
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2015: Carol, The Runner
2016: Blue Jay
2017: Rebel in the Rye, The Post
2018: Ocean’s 8, Bird Box
2019: Glass The Goldfinch. Abominable
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, 2 Critics’ Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries, Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries, Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
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Q. What is Sarah Paulson’s net worth?
A. As per Celebrity Net Worth, Sarah Paulson’s net worth is $12 million.
Q. Is Sarah Paulson married?
A. No, Sarah Paulson is not married but is in a relationship with Holland Taylor.
Q. Did Sarah Paulson attend college?
A. Sarah Paulson attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts.