Sarah Paulson is an American actress.
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1. Sarah Catharine Paulson was born December 17, 1974 in Tampa, Florida.
2. She is the daughter of Catharine Gordon (née Dolcater) and Douglas Lyle Paulson II.
3. She lived in South Tampa until she was 5, when her parents divorced.
4. She then spent time in Maine, before moving to New York City at the age of 5 with her mother. She lived in Queens and Gramercy Park, before settling in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
5. She spent her summers in Florida visiting her father.
6. Paulson attended Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
7. 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.
8. Paulson then appeared in the Hallmark film Friends at Last (1995) opposite Kathleen Turner. She went on to star in the short-lived television series American Gothic.
9. Paulson then played Elisa Cronkite in The WB comedy-drama series Jack & Jill (1999).
10. Paulson had a minor role in the HBO series Deadwood and was a focal character in an episode of the critically acclaimed FX series Nip/Tuck.
11. She appeared in the short-lived NBC series Leap of Faith as the main character.
12. In 2004, she had a supporting role in the ABC series The D.A., which ended after only a few episodes.
13. Paulson starred in a revival of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway and has 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. On August 25, 2008, ABC ordered her pilot Cupid to series. It was a remake of the 1998 series starring Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall.
17. 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 only six episodes.
18. In February 2010, Paulson portrayed the circa 1982 mother of main character Meredith Grey, on the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy.
19. She played Nicolle Wallace in the HBO film Game Change (2012), based on events of the 2008 U.S. presidential election campaign.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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 alongside Danny Burstein in 2013.
26. In June 2016, the 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.
27. In 2016, Paulson starred in the true crime anthology series American Crime Story. She portrayed prosecutor Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
28. She received widespread praise for her performance and won multiple 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.
29. In 2016, it was announced that Paulson would be part of the ensemble cast of the upcoming heist film Ocean’s Eight. She will also be starring as Geraldine Page in the upcoming drama anthology series Feud.
30. In October 2016, Ryan Murphy announced that Paulson will direct an episode of one of his television shows, as part of his Half project.
31. Murphy’s initiative involves at least half of one of his four projects being directed by women, people of LGBT status, and different ethnicities.
32. Paulson dated actress Cherry Jones from 2004 to 2009.
33. In an interview with Broadway.com in 2013, referring to her sexuality, she said “the situation is fluid for me.”
34. Prior to her relationship with Jones, she had only dated men, including playwright Tracy Letts to whom she was engaged.
35. Paulson is currently dating actress Holland Taylor.
36. At age 25, Paulson developed a melanoma on her back. The mole was later removed before the cancer could spread.
37. She is a big fan of playwright Tracy Letts.