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Sarah Paulson

Biography

Actress who also won the 2013 Critics’ Choice Tv Award for Ideal Supporting Actress inside a Movie/Miniseries on her behalf part in the FX series American Horror Tale. She also experienced prominent tasks in the movies 12 Years a Slave, What Ladies Need, Serenity, and Martha Marcy Might Marlene. She went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was nominated for any 2007 Golden World Award on her behalf role within the series Studio room 60 within the Sunset Remove. In 2016, she received an Emmy Honor on her behalf portrayal of Marcia Clark within the FX series American Criminal offense Story: THE FOLKS v. OJ Simpson. She is at a romantic relationship with celebrity Cherry Jones from 2005 until 2009. She after that began dating celebrity Holland Taylor in 2015. She co-starred with Julianne Moore in the 2012 HBO politics drama film Video game Change.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sarah Paulson
Date Of Birth December 17, 1974
Place Of Birth Tampa, FL
Height 1.68 m, 1.68 m
Profession TV Actress
Education American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Nationality American, American
Parents Douglas Lyle Paulson II, Catharine Paulson
Siblings Rachel Paulson, Liz Paulson
Partner Holland Taylor, Holland Taylor, Holland Taylor
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Movies Carol, 12 Years a Slave, Down with Love, What Women Want, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Ocean's Eight, Game Change, The Other Sister, The Spirit, Serenity, Blue Jay, Mud, The Notorious Bettie Page, Held Up, Path to War, The Runner, Griffin & Phoenix, New Year's Eve, The Time Being, November Christmas, A Christmas Wedding, Rebel in the Rye, Diggers, #twitterkills, Swimmers, Whose Dog Is It Anyway?, Fairhaven, Levitation, Bug, The Long Way Home, Shaughnessy: The Iron Marshal, After-School Special, Friends at Last, Stars in Shorts
TV Shows American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Deadwood, Jack & Jill, The D.A., Leap of Faith, Cupid, American Gothic, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Extras, The Long Way Home
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1In a November 2015 radio interview with WNYC, Holland Taylor addressed the three-decade age difference between her and her girlfriend, Sarah Paulson, by joking, "there's a very big age difference between us which I'm sure shocks a lot of people, and it startles me. But as they say, 'If she dies, she dies.'" (Paulson is 32 years younger than Taylor.).
2Has been in a relationship with Holland Taylor since early 2015.
3Is great friends with Elizabeth Reaser.
4Is best friends with Amanda Peet.
5Is good friends with Jessica Lange.
6Her paternal great-grandfather was the son of Danish parents (the origin of her surname). Her other ancestry includes British/English, German, and French.
7Paternal half-sister of Rachel Paulson.
8Playing "Meg" in "Crimes of the Heart", directed by Kathleen Turner, with Roundabout Theater Company. [February 2008]
9Played the role "Laura" in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway. [March 2005]
10"Varya" in "The Cherry Orchard" in 2006 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles with Annette Bening, Alfred Molina, 'Francis Fischer', Rebecca Mozo and Jennifer Dundas. [February 2006]
11Los Angeles, California [October 2001]
12playing "Lana Winters" in "American Horror Story" Madness Ends. [January 2013]
13Has two tattoos.
14In The Other Sister (1999) Sarah did an impersonation of Flipper. She used this same skill for a dolphin character in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006).
15Appeared with Steven Weber in The D.A. (2004) and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006). She also appeared with Amanda Peet three different times: in Jack & Jill (1999), Griffin & Phoenix (2006), and now Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006).
16Sister of casting director Liz Paulson.
17Partnered with Broadway actress Cherry Jones.(2005 - 2009) They split amicably in 2009.
18Sarah and her Leap of Faith (2002) co-star Lisa Edelstein met on the set of the Mel Gibson comedy What Women Want (2000). It was just coincidence that they became cast mates again.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Long Way Home1998TV MovieLeanne Bossert
Real Life1998TV SeriesLucy
Cracker: Mind Over Murder1997TV SeriesJanice
Levitation1997Acey Rawlin
American Gothic1995-1996TV SeriesMerlyn Temple
Shaughnessy1996TV Movie
Friends at Last1995TV MovieDiana - Age 21
Law & Order1994TV SeriesMaggie Conner
Ocean's Eight2018filming
Feud2017TV Series filmingGeraldine Page
Rebel in the Rye2017post-productionDorothy Olding
American Crime Story2016-2017TV SeriesMarcia Clark
American Horror Story2011-2016TV SeriesLana Winters Bette Tattler Dot Tattler ...
Blue Jay2016/IAmanda
The Runner2015/IKate Haber
Carol2015Abby Gerhard
#twitterkills2014ShortSarah Pendersen
12 Years a Slave2013Mistress Epps
The Time Being2012Sarah
Blue2012TV SeriesLavinia
Fairhaven2012Kate
Mud2012Mary Lee
Game Change2012TV MovieNicolle Wallace
New Year's Eve2011Grace Schwab - Maternity Ward Story
Desperate Housewives2007-2011TV SeriesLydia Lindquist
After-School Special2011ShortWoman
Martha Marcy May Marlene2011Lucy
Untitled Kari Lizer Project2011TV MovieMary Leahy
November Christmas2010TV MovieBeth Marks
Grey's Anatomy2010TV SeriesDr. Ellis Grey
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2010TV SeriesAnne Gillette
Cupid2009TV SeriesClaire McCrae
Whose Dog Is It Anyway?2009ShortEmma
The Spirit2008Ellen
Puppy Love2008TV SeriesEmma
Pretty/Handsome2008TV MovieCorky Fromme
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip2006-2007TV SeriesHarriet Hayes
A Christmas Wedding2006TV MovieEmily
Griffin & Phoenix2006Peri
Diggers2006Julie
The Notorious Bettie Page2005Bunny Yeager
Serenity2005Dr. Caron
Deadwood2005TV SeriesMiss Isringhausen
Swimmers2005Merrill
Nip/Tuck2004TV SeriesAgatha Ripp
The D.A.2004TV SeriesChief Dep. Dist. Atty. Lisa Patterson
Down with Love2003Vikki Hiller
Path to War2002TV MovieLuci Baines Johnson
Leap of Faith2002TV SeriesFaith Wardwell
Bug2002Eilleen
Touched by an Angel2001TV SeriesZoe
Jack & Jill1999-2001TV SeriesElisa Cronkite
What Women Want2000Annie
Metropolis2000TV MovieAudrey
Held Up1999Mary
The Other Sister1999Heather

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Horror Story2014TV Series performer - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Loss of Lillian2016Short executive producer completed

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Telling of the Shoes2014grateful thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee2016TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHerself
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards2016TV SpecialHerself
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2016TV SeriesHerself
Chelsea2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors2016TV SeriesHerself
Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson, American Crime Story2016TV Mini-Series documentaryMarcia Clark
Good Morning America2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
IMDb First Credit2016TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Now2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
World Premiere2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards2016TV MovieHerself
Made in Hollywood2011-2015TV SeriesHerself
Rachael Ray2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
American Horror Story: Freak Show, Two Heads Are Better Than One2015Video shortHerself
Getting Freaky: A Peek Inside the Tent2015Video shortHerself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
The Insider2015TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2011-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
American Horror Story: Meet Ms. Nola - Shooting on Location in New Orleans2014Video shortHerself
Enter the Coven2014Video shortHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2009-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2014TV SeriesHerself
12 Years a Slave: A Historical Portrait2014Video documentaryHerself
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter (uncredited)
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Mud: Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas2013ShortHerself
A Personal Tale: Writing and Directing MUD2013Video shortHerself
The Arkansas Ensemble the Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud2013ShortHerself
The Broadway.com Show2013TV SeriesHerself
Show People with Paul Wontorek2013TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2013TV SeriesHerself
70th Golden Globe Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
The Spirit: Green World2009Video shortHerself
18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
Stars in Shorts2012Woman
The 64th Annual Tony Awards2010TV SpecialLisa Morrison

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a MovieAmerican Crime Story (2016)
2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsPerformer of the Year
2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Lead ActressAmerican Crime Story (2016)
2016OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited SeriesAmerican Crime Story (2016)
2016TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaAmerican Crime Story (2016)
2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Movie/Limited SeriesAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2015Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest TV ActressAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2015Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActressAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2014Robert Altman AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsMud (2012)· Jeff Nichols (director)
· Francine Maisler (castind director)
· Joe Don Baker (ensemble cast)
· Jacob Lofland (ensemble cast)
· Matthew McConaughey (ensemble cast)
· Ray McKinnon (ensemble cast)
· Michael Shannon (ensemble cast)
· Sam Shepard (ensemble cast)
· Tye Sheridan (ensemble cast)
· Paul Sparks (ensemble cast)
· Bonnie Sturdivant (ensemble cast)
· Reese Witherspoon (ensemble cast)
2014Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2013BFCC AwardBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble12 Years a Slave (2013)· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Paul Dano
· Garret Dillahunt
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Michael Fassbender
· Paul Giamatti
· Scoot McNairy
· Lupita Nyong'o
· Adepero Oduye
· Brad Pitt
· Michael Kenneth Williams
· Alfre Woodard
2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Movie/MiniseriesAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2013Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActressAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2012ACCA TVAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Supporting Actress (TV Movie or Mini-Series)Game Change (2012)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesGame Change (2012)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a MovieAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited SeriesAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActressAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2016OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited SeriesAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a MovieAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2015OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2014Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble Cast12 Years a Slave (2013)· Brad Pitt
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Alfre Woodard
· Paul Dano
· Lupita Nyong'o
· Chris Chalk
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Garret Dillahunt
· Michael Fassbender
· Paul Giamatti
· Taran Killam
· Scoot McNairy
· Adepero Oduye
· Michael Kenneth Williams
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Lead ActressAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2014Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actress in a Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2014NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting Actress12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture12 Years a Slave (2013)· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Paul Dano
· Garret Dillahunt
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Michael Fassbender
· Paul Giamatti
· Scoot McNairy
· Lupita Nyong'o
· Adepero Oduye
· Brad Pitt
· Michael Kenneth Williams
· Alfre Woodard
2014Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest Ensemble Cast12 Years a Slave (2013)· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Paul Dano
· Garret Dillahunt
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Michael Fassbender
· Adepero Oduye
· Brad Pitt
· Michael Kenneth Williams
· Paul Giamatti
· Scoot McNairy
· Alfre Woodard
2013Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionGame Change (2012)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2013Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Actress on TelevisionAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting Ensemble12 Years a Slave (2013)· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Michael Fassbender
· Lupita Nyong'o
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Paul Dano
· Paul Giamatti
· Brad Pitt
· Alfre Woodard
· Adepero Oduye
· Garret Dillahunt
· Scoot McNairy
· Taran Killam
· Chris Chalk
· Michael Kenneth Williams
· Liza J. Bennett
· Kelsey Scott
· Quvenzhané Wallis
· Devyn A. Tyler
· Cameron Zeigler
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieGame Change (2012)
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActressGame Change (2012)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionGame Change (2012)
2011Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceMartha Marcy May Marlene (2011)· Elizabeth Olsen
· Christopher Abbott
· Brady Corbet
· Hugh Dancy
· Maria Dizzia
· Julia Garner
· John Hawkes
· Louisa Krause
2007Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)
2006Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, DramaStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)


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#Quote
1If my life choices had to be predicated based on what was expected of me from a community on either side, that's going to make me feel really straitjacketed, and I don't want to feel that. What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.
2[on '12 Years a Slave'] What surprises me, I guess, is how powerful it is. Because I read the script, I knew about all the moments that were there - the scene where he is hanging, and all that whipping, all of these things that I could read on the page. But what I think is so great and powerful about the movie is that when you put a real image to it, connect it to a person that you have connected with as the audience, it becomes personal. It takes it to a whole other level of comprehension. That's why I think it is so effective.
3[on developing the role of Mary Epps] I was never afraid of the question of whether she could be liked, because I feel - as an actress - it's none of my business whether you like me or not. It's my job to play this character as authentically and truthfully and with as much commitment as possible - no matter how horrible she is perceived and how deplorable her actions are - and they are. I had to find a way into that. She behaves deplorably and does terrible,terrible, unspeakable things but in her mind they are defensible..It s my belief that Mrs Epps is not a particularly deep or complicated woman.. I am not saying this as an excuse for her behavior or defending her behavior. I'm just saying from an acting standpoint, it's not interesting for me nor is it possible that a person just walks around doing such things horrible things without motivation.
4[on being directed by Steve McQueen] The main thing that we would talk about was a carriage, a posture, and [Mary Epp's] own sort of loftiness, her ideas about herself. He gave me an image which was very helpful - to be a figurine or doll on top of a cake..It was a very good note to give me, because then every time I walked out, the thing that was most important to me was that I had a kind of statuesque stillness. I was unfussy and immovable. Those little statues that you pick up and stick somewhere. They just stand. They never lean.
5I like to work and I like to work with great actors and great directors and great material - and there isn't a ton of it. It's not overflowing. My cup doesn't runneth over in opportunity that way. To me, this was the opportunity to act something that was so opposite of who I am as a person.. Someone quite famous whose name I won't mention told me, 'I can't believe you did that part. I couldn't have done that. She was too horrible. I could never have done it'. But it would never occur to me to not take a part because something would be hard or complicated or tough for an audience to watch.

#Trademark
1Has a lisp

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