Sarah Catharine Paulson is an American actress, who was first seen on her stage roles. She first appeared in TV in the series American Gothic (1995-1996), which was followed by Jack & Jill (1999-2001). The actress also became a part of the movies What Women Want (2000), Down with Love (2003), Path to War (2002), and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). Her role in the series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2008, she became a part of the film The Spirit.
Paulson was part of the Broadway pays The Glass Menagerie (2002) and Collected Stories (2010) and some indie films. She was the lead actress in the series Cupid (2009). Her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene in 2011 earned her a Primetime Emmy, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe because of her role in Game Change (2012). Her other films include 12 Years a Slave and Carol.
In 2011, Paulson joined the American Horror Story, and she received different roles each season. Her work on the series earned her five Primetime Emmy Awards and two Critics’ Choice Television Awards. She played the role of the real-life prosecutor Marcia Clark in American Crime Story (The People v. O.J. Simpson). Her role in the series earned her the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
Paulson was born on December 17, 1974 in Tampa, Florida to her parents, Catharine Gordon and Douglas Lyle Paulson II. Then, she lived in Maine and subsequently, in New York. She also became a resident of Queens, Gramercy Park, and Park Slope, Brooklyn. Paulson went to Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
After high school, Paulson went on acting right away. She had small roles in Law & Order (1994) and Friends at Last (1995) before starring in American Gothic. Then, she appeared in the TV series Jack & Jill (1999).
Her next appearances in TV involved the shows Deadwood, Nip/Tuck, Leap of Faith, and The D.A. Her stage work included roles in The Glass Menagerie, Killer Joe, Collected Stories, Talley’s Folly, and Colder Than Here. Paulson also appeared in films, including Down with Love, What Women Want, The Other Sister, Levitation, and Serenity.
Paulson was part of the series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which earned her a nomination for the Golden Glove Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television. She was also part of the comic book adaptation of The Spirit.
Afterward, Paulson was seen in several TV series, including Cupid, Grey’s Anatomy, and Game Change.
Then, she guest-starred in some episodes of American Horror Story, after which she landed major roles in the series starting season 2. Now on its sixth season, Paulson is still part of American Horror Story, in which she currently plays the role of a reenactor playing the role of Shelby Miller.
Some her most notable roles included her portrayals in the films Mud, 12 Years a Slave, and Carol.