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Sarah Paulson was born on December 17, 1974 in Tampa, Florida, to Catharine Gordon (Dolcater) and Douglas Lyle Paulson II. She spent most of her early years in New York and Maine, before settling in Manhattan to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the High School for Performing Arts. Although she made her Broadway debut in "The Sisters... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 20 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

12 Years a Slave Mistress Epps
(2013)
Carol Abby Gerhard
(2015)
American Horror Story Lana Winters / Bette Tattler / Dot Tattler / Cordelia Foxx / Sally McKenna / Ally Mayfair-Richards / Cordelia Goode / Ms. Wilhemina Venable / Audrey Tindall / Billie Dean Howard / Shelby Miller / Susan Atkins
(2011-2018)

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  Ratched (TV Series) (pre-production)
Nurse Ratched
 2019 The Goldfinch (completed)
Xandra
 2019 Glass (completed)
Dr. Ellie Staple
 2015-2018 American Crime Story (TV Series)
Dr. Anna Pou / Marcia Clark
- Episode #3.10 (2018) ... Dr. Anna Pou
- Episode #3.9 (2018) ... Dr. Anna Pou
- Episode #3.8 (2018) ... Dr. Anna Pou
- Episode #3.7 (2018) ... Dr. Anna Pou
- Episode #3.6 (2018) ... Dr. Anna Pou
 2011-2018 American Horror Story (TV Series)
Lana Winters / Bette Tattler / Dot Tattler / ...
- Apocalypse Then (2018) ... Ms. Wilhemina Venable / Cordelia Goode
- Fire and Reign (2018) ... Ms. Wilhemina Venable / Cordelia Goode
- Sojourn (2018) ... Cordelia Goode / Ms. Wilhemina Venable
- Traitor (2018) ... Cordelia Goode
- Return to Murder House (2018) ... Billie Dean Howard
 2018 Bird Box
Jessica
 2018 Ocean's Eight
Tammy
 2017 The Post
Tony Bradlee
 2017 Feud (TV Series)
Geraldine Page
- And the Winner Is... (The Oscars of 1963) (2017) ... Geraldine Page
 2017 Rebel in the Rye
Dorothy Olding
 2016/I Blue Jay
Amanda
 2015/I The Runner
Kate Haber
 2015 Carol
Abby Gerhard
 2014 #twitterkills (Short)
Sarah Pendersen
 2013 12 Years a Slave
Mistress Epps
 2012 The Time Being
Sarah
 2012 Blue (TV Series)
Lavinia
- That's My Drug (2012) ... Lavinia
- You Rule (2012) ... Lavinia
 2012 Fairhaven
Kate
 2012 Mud
Mary Lee
 2012 Game Change (TV Movie)
Nicolle Wallace
 2011 Untitled Kari Lizer Project (TV Movie)
Mary Leahy
 2011 New Year's Eve
Grace Schwab (segment "Maternity Ward")
 2007-2011 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Lydia Lindquist
- Watch While I Revise the World (2011) ... Lydia Lindquist
- You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover (2007) ... Lydia Lindquist
 2011 After-School Special (Short)
Woman
 2010 November Christmas (TV Movie)
Beth Marks
 2010 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Dr. Ellis Grey
- The Time Warp (2010) ... Dr. Ellis Grey
 2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Anne Gillette
- Shadow (2010) ... Anne Gillette
 2009 Cupid (TV Series)
Claire McCrae
- My Fair Masseuse (2009) ... Claire McCrae
- Left of the Dial (2009) ... Claire McCrae
- Shipping Out (2009) ... Claire McCrae
- The Tommy Brown Affair (2009) ... Claire McCrae
- The Great Right Hope (2009) ... Claire McCrae
 2009 Whose Dog Is It Anyway? (Short)
Emma
 2008 The Spirit
Ellen
 2008 Puppy Love (TV Series)
Emma
 2008 Pretty/Handsome (TV Movie)
Corky Fromme
 2006-2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Harriet Hayes
- What Kind of Day Has It Been (2007) ... Harriet Hayes
- K&R: Part 3 (2007) ... Harriet Hayes
- K&R: Part 2 (2007) ... Harriet Hayes
- K&R: Part 1 (2007) ... Harriet Hayes
- Breaking News (2007) ... Harriet Hayes
 2006 A Christmas Wedding (TV Movie)
Emily
 2006 Griffin & Phoenix
Peri
 2006 Diggers
Julie
 2005 The Notorious Bettie Page
Bunny Yeager
 2005 Serenity
Dr. Caron
 2005 Deadwood (TV Series)
Miss Isringhausen
- Advances, None Miraculous (2005) ... Miss Isringhausen
- Amalgamation and Capital (2005) ... Miss Isringhausen
- Childish Things (2005) ... Miss Isringhausen
- Something Very Expensive (2005) ... Miss Isringhausen
- Complications (2005) ... Miss Isringhausen
 2005 Swimmers
Merrill
 2004 Nip/Tuck (TV Series)
Agatha Ripp
- Agatha Ripp (2004) ... Agatha Ripp
 2004 The D.A. (TV Series)
Chief Dep. Dist. Atty. Lisa Patterson
- The People vs. Achmed Abbas (2004) ... Chief Dep. Dist. Atty. Lisa Patterson
- The People vs. Sergius Kovinsky (2004) ... Chief Dep. Dist. Atty. Lisa Patterson
 2003 Down with Love
Vikki Hiller
 2002 Path to War (TV Movie)
Luci Baines Johnson
 2002 Leap of Faith (TV Series)
Faith Wardwell
- Carmic Behavior (2002) ... Faith Wardwell
- The Baby Snugglers (2002) ... Faith Wardwell
- Peeps (2002) ... Faith Wardwell
- The Balls Game (2002) ... Faith Wardwell
- Whole in One (2002) ... Faith Wardwell
 2002 Bug
Eilleen
 2001 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Zoe
- Manhunt (2001) ... Zoe
 1999-2001 Jack & Jill (TV Series)
Elisa Cronkite
- And Jack and Jill Came Down the Hill (2001) ... Elisa Cronkite
- ...And Nothing But the Truth (2001) ... Elisa Cronkite
- Bag Full of Love (2001) ... Elisa Cronkite
- Battle of the Bahamas (2001) ... Elisa Cronkite
- The Time/Sex Continuum (2001) ... Elisa Cronkite
 2000 Metropolis (TV Movie)
Audrey
 2000 What Women Want
Annie
 1999 Held Up
Mary
 1999 The Other Sister
Heather Tate
 1998 Real Life (TV Series)
Lucy
- Unaired Pilot (1998) ... Lucy
 1998 The Long Way Home (TV Movie)
Leanne Bossert
 1995-1998 American Gothic (TV Series)
Merlyn Temple
- Strangler (1998) ... Merlyn Temple
- Echo of Your Last Goodbye (1998) ... Merlyn Temple
- Requiem (1996) ... Merlyn Temple
- Triangle (1996) ... Merlyn Temple
- The Buck Stops Here (1996) ... Merlyn Temple
 1997 Cracker: Mind Over Murder (TV Series)
Janice
- True Romance: Part 2 (1997) ... Janice
- True Romance: Part 1 (1997) ... Janice
 1997 Levitation
Acey Rawlin
 1996 Shaughnessy (TV Movie)
 1995 Friends at Last (TV Movie)
Diana - Age 21
 1994 Law & Order (TV Series)
Maggie Conner
- Family Values (1994) ... Maggie Conner
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Other Works:

: She played "Harriet" in "Colder Than Here", a play written by Laura Wade (Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

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Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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 ... See more »

Trivia:

Paternal half-sister of Rachel Paulson. See more »

Trademark:

Speaks with a sibilant s.

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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