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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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12 Years a Slave Mistress Epps
(2013)
Run Mother / Diane
(2020)
American Horror Story Lana Winters / Bette Tattler / Dot Tattler / Cordelia Foxx / Sally McKenna / Ally Mayfair-Richards / Cordelia Goode / Ms. Wilhemina Venable / Tuberculosis Karen / Audrey Tindall / Billie Dean Howard / Shelby Miller / Mamie Eisenhower / Susan Atkins
(2011-2021)
Glass Dr. Ellie Staple
(2019)

Filmography

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  Dust (filming)
 2016-2021 American Crime Story (TV Series)
Linda Tripp / Marcia Clark
- The Wilderness (2021) ... Linda Tripp
- The Grand Jury (2021) ... Linda Tripp
- Stand by Your Man (2021) ... Linda Tripp (credit only)
- The Assassination of Monica Lewinsky (2021) ... Linda Tripp
- Man Handled (2021) ... Linda Tripp
 2011-2021 American Horror Story (TV Series)
Lana Winters / Bette Tattler / Dot Tattler / ...
- The Future Perfect (2021) ... Mamie Eisenhower
- Blue Moon (2021) ... Mamie Eisenhower
- Inside (2021) ... Mamie Eisenhower
- Take Me to Your Leader (2021) ... Mamie Eisenhower
- Winter Kills (2021) ... Tuberculosis Karen (credit only)
 2020 Ratched (TV Series)
Nurse Mildred Ratched
- Got No Strings (2020) ... Nurse Mildred Ratched
- The Bucket List (2020) ... Nurse Mildred Ratched
- Mildred and Edmund (2020) ... Nurse Mildred Ratched
- Angel of Mercy: Part Two (2020) ... Nurse Mildred Ratched
- Angel of Mercy (2020) ... Nurse Mildred Ratched
 2020 Mrs. America (TV Mini Series)
Alice Macray
- Reagan (2020) ... Alice Macray
- Houston (2020) ... Alice Macray
- Bella (2020) ... Alice Macray
- Jill (2020) ... Alice Macray
- Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc (2020) ... Alice Macray
 2020/I Run
Mother / Diane
 2019 The Goldfinch
Xandra
 2019 Abominable
Dr. Zara (voice)
 2019 Family Guy (TV Series)
Sarah Paulson / Marcia Clark / Costumed Woman
- You Can't Handle the Booth (2019) ... Sarah Paulson / Marcia Clark / Costumed Woman (voice)
 2019 Glass
Dr. Ellie Staple
 2018 Bird Box
Jessica
 2018 Ocean's Eight
Tammy
 2017 The Post
Tony Bradlee
 2017 Feud (TV Mini 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
 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:

"The Glass Menagerie," dramatic revival, written by Tennessee Williams, directed by David Leveaux, with Jessica Lange (portraying The Mother, Amanda Wingfield); Josh Lucas (portraying The Gentleman Caller, Jim O'Connor); Sarah Paulson (portraying The Daughter, Laura Wingfield); and Christian Slater (portraying The Son, Tom ... See more »

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1 Interview | 5 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)

Spouse:

Holland Taylor

Children:

None

Parents:

Gordon (Dolcater), Catharine | Paulson, Douglas Lyle

Relatives:

Liz Paulson (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[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 ... See more »

Trivia:

Tattoo on her left wrist: "A. M." that possibly refers to the initials of the names of her deceased dogs. See more »

Trademark:

Speaks with a sibilant s.

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