|Born||Sarah Catharine Paulson
December 17, 1974
Tampa, Florida, USA
|Partner(s)||Cherry Jones (2004–2009)|
Sarah Catharine Paulson (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Game Change, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and American Horror Story. Her work in television has earned her several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
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 an episode of Law & Order in 1994. Paulson did Friends at Last (1995), a Hallmark movie of the week opposite Kathleen Turner. She then went to North Carolina to appear on the short-lived cult television series American Gothic. Paulson then played Elisa Cronkite on The WB series Jack & Jill (1999).
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. She appeared on the short-lived NBC series Leap of Faith as the main character. In 2004, she had a supporting role in the ABC series The D.A., but that show also ended after a few episodes. 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 movie credits include Down with Love, What Women Want, The Other Sister, Levitation, and Serenity.
In the 2006-2007 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. To date, this is her most notable role, earning 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.
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. In the new version, Paulson starred opposite Bobby Cannavale. It debuted in late March 2009 on ABC but was canceled on May 19, 2009, after only 6 episodes aired. In February 2010, Paulson portrayed the circa 1982 mother of main character Meredith Grey, on the hit ABC primetime drama Grey's Anatomy. She plays Nicolle Wallace in the HBO film Game Change (2012) based on events of the 2008 U.S. presidential election campaign. In 2011, Paulson guest starred in 3 episodes of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, playing a medium, Billie Dean Howard. Paulson returned for season two, American Horror Story: Asylum, in which she played a completely new character, Lana Winters, a writer who is committed to an asylum for being a lesbian. She appeared in the third season of the series, titled American Horror Story: Coven. Paulson also co-starred in the 2012 film Mud and the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave.
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 is currently starring in a revival of Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly alongside Danny Burstein.
Paulson was born in Tampa, Florida, and was raised by her mother, Catharine. She spent time in Maine before moving to New York City at the age of five. She lived in Queens and Gramercy Park, before settling in Park Slope, Brooklyn for many years. Paulson attended Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. Paulson dated actress Cherry Jones. In 2007, Paulson and Jones declared their love for each other in an interview with Velvetpark at Women's Event 10 for the LGBT Center of NYC. They broke up in 2009. In an interview with Broadway.com in 2013 during the revival of Talley's Folly, Paulson stated that she only ever dated men before her relationship with Jones, and that she has not been in a relationship since her breakup with Jones, but that she is open to relationships with women and men going forward.
|1995||Friends at Last||Diana (age 21)||Television film|
|1998||Long Way Home, TheThe Long Way Home||Leanne Bossert||Television film|
|1999||Other Sister, TheThe Other Sister||Heather Tate|
|2000||What Women Want||Annie|
|2002||Path to War||Luci Baines Johnson||Television film|
|2003||Down with Love||Vikki Hiller|
|2005||Notorious Bettie Page, TheThe Notorious Bettie Page||Bunny Yeager|
|2006||Griffin & Phoenix||Peri|
|2006||Christmas Wedding, AA Christmas Wedding||Emily||Television film|
|2008||Spirit, TheThe Spirit||Ellen|
|2008||Puppy Love||Emma||Short film|
|2008||Pretty/Handsome||Corky Fromme||Television film|
|2009||Whose Dog is it Anyway?||Emma||Short film|
|2010||After-School Special||Woman||Short film|
|2010||November Christmas||Beth Marks||Television film|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Grace Schwab|
|2011||Martha Marcy May Marlene||Lucy|
|2012||Stars in Shorts||Woman|
|2012||Game Change||Nicolle Wallace||Television film|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Mrs. Epps|
|1994||Law & Order||Maggie Conner||Episode: "Family Values"|
|1995–1996||American Gothic||Merlyn Temple||18 episodes|
|1997||Cracker: Mind Over Murder||Janice||2 episodes|
|1998||Real Life||Lucy||Episode: "Unaired Pilot"|
|1999–2001||Jack & Jill||Elisa Cronkite||31 episodes|
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Zoe||Episode: "Manhunt"|
|2002||Leap of Faith||Faith Wardwell||6 episodes|
|2004||The D.A.||Chief Dep. Dist. Attrny. Lisa Patterson||2 episodes|
|2004||Nip/Tuck||Agatha Ripp||Episode: "Agatha Ripp"|
|2005||Deadwood||Miss Isringhausen||9 episodes|
|2006–2007||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Harriet Hayes||22 episodes|
|2007–2011||Desperate Housewives||Lydia||2 episodes|
|2009||Cupid||Claire McCrae||7 episodes|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Anne Gillette||Episode: "Shadow"|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||Young Ellis Grey||Episode: "The Time Warp"|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Billie Dean Howard||3 episodes|
|2012–2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||Lana Winters||13 episodes|
|2013||American Horror Story: Coven||Cordelia Foxx||9 episodes|
Awards and nominations
- Warn, Sarah (June 7, 2005). "Sarah Paulson in the Spotlight". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
- Internet Movie Data Base
- "A Conversation with Actor: Sarah Paulson". Broadway World. February 4, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- "Exclusive: 'Grey's Anatomy' recasts Richard and Ellis!" Jan 20 2010, EW.com
- Velvetpark web site
- "Cherry Jones & Sarah Paulson Call It Quits With ‘Happiest Break-Up’". accesshollywood.com. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
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