Born: Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Sarah Paulson is an American actress. After beginning her acting career on stage, she starred in the 1990s television series American Gothic (1995â96) and Jack & Jill (1999â2001). Paulson later appeared in comedy films such as What Women Want (2000) and Down with Love (2003), and had dramatic roles in films such as Path to War (2002) and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). From 2006 to 2007, Paulson played the role of Harriet Hayes in the NBC comedy-drama series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2008, she starred as Ellen Dolan in the superhero noir film The Spirit. Paulson appeared in the Broadway plays The Glass Menagerie (2005) and Collected Stories (2010). She also starred in a number of independent films, and had a leading role on the ABC comedy series Cupid in 2009. She later starred in the independent drama Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), and received Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her performance as Nicolle Wallace in the HBO film Game Change (2012). Paulson starred as Mary Epps in the 2013 historical drama film 12 Years a Slave and as Abby Gerhard in the 2015 drama film Carol. Both films were nominated for multiple Academy Awards. In 2011, Paulson began starring in the FX anthology series American Horror Story, playing different characters in each of the show's five seasons. For her work on the series, she has been nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards and won two Critics' Choice Television Awards. In 2016, Paulson portrayed prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first season of the anthology series American Crime Story, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
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