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Overview (3)

Born in Tampa, Florida, USA
Birth NameSarah Catharine Paulson
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 Rosensweig" and performed in the off-Broadway "Talking Pictures", she debuted on the small screen in late 1994 in a guest shot on NBC's Law & Order (1990), then, in the following spring, landed her first TV-movie role in CBS' Friends at Last (1995) and finally became a TV series regular by fall 1995.

Best known for her amazing performance in CBS' supernatural drama American Gothic (1995) as the benevolent spiritual guide to her young brother, she was also a regular on the WB series Jack & Jill (1999) as "Elisa Cronkite", the former girlfriend of David "Jill" Jillefsky (Ivan Sergei) as well as the main character in the TV series Leap of Faith (2002), "Faith Wardwell", and as "Audrey" in the TV movie Metropolis (2000). She was also part of the cast of Shaughnessy (1996), The Long Way Home (1998) (as "Leanne Bossert") and Path to War (2002) as Luci Baines Johnson, as well as making notable appearances in Touched by an Angel (1994) playing "Zoe" in Touched by an Angel: Manhunt (2001), 20 October 2001, and Cracker: Mind Over Murder (1997) playing "Nina" in Cracker: Mind Over Murder: True Romance: Part 1 (1997), 18 September 1997.

Sarah has now played in movies with such stars as Mel Gibson in the romantic comedy What Women Want (2000) (as "Annie", Gibson's secretary), Diane Keaton in the romantic drama The Other Sister (1999) (as "Heather Tate", Keaton's lesbian eldest daughter), Jamie Foxx in Held Up (1999) (as "Mary", a developmentally disabled young woman with an unfaithful boyfriend) and David Hyde Pierce in the romantic comedy Down with Love (2003) (as "Vicky Hiller", Pierce's crush). She also had two major roles in the comedy Bug (2002) and the drama, Levitation (1997), where she starred as a pregnant teenager who searches for her biological mother, with the help of a guardian angel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: MaxiNe Dessureault (lm_withan@yahoo.ca)

Spouse (1)

Holland Taylor (2015 - ?)

Trade Mark (1)

Speaks with a sibilant s.

Trivia (37)

Sarah 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 castmates again.
Partnered with Broadway actress Cherry Jones, starting from 2004-2005. They split amicably in 2009.
Sister of casting director Liz Paulson.
Appeared 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).
In 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).
Tattoos on the nape of her neck: Stars, crowned with letter "C". The letter "C" is related to the name of Sarah's mother Catharine Paulson. Sarah said in an interview that considers her mother as her hero.
"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]
Played the role "Laura" in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway. [March 2005]
Playing "Meg" in "Crimes of the Heart", directed by Kathleen Turner, with Roundabout Theater Company. [February 2008]
Paternal half-sister of Rachel Paulson.
Her paternal great-grandfather was the son of Danish parents (the origin of her surname). Her other ancestry includes English, Scottish, Welsh, German, and French.
Is good friends with Jessica Lange.
Is best friends with Amanda Peet.
Is great friends with Elizabeth Reaser.
Has been in a relationship with Holland Taylor since early 2015.
In 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.).
Friends with Felicity Huffman. They starred together on "Path to War" (2002), The D.A. (2004) and Desperate Housewives (2004) where they played sisters. Both also were on Law & Order (1990) but played in different episodes. They shared nomination for Golden Globe 2017 and Paulson won it.
Sarah's fear of flying is so severe that whenever she really must travel by plane, she insists on meeting the pilot(s) just before takeoff so she can personally be assured by them that they are adequately experienced. She might typically ask of the crew, "How long have you been doing this?" Occasionally they will quip, "This is our first day" just to tease her. Pilots familiar with her phobia will often whisper her name "Saaarrraaah" over the cabin PA system during a flight coordinates update.
The first actor to win all five major acting awards (Emmy, TCA Individual Achievement in Drama, Critics Choice, Golden Globe, SAG) in a single year for the same role.
Moved from South Tampa, Florida to New York City at the age of five.
Grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Merited a place in TIME magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People" issue with an homage written by Cate Blanchett. [May 2017]
Is occasionally mistaken for British actress Claire Foy.
As of 2018, she has been in 2 films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave (2013) and The Post (2017). 12 Years a Slave is a Best Picture winner.
Her array of uncanny impressions include, Drew Barrymore, Kathleen Turner, Holly Hunter, etc.
Her mother, who was a debutante in Florida, moved Sarah and her sister to New York, where her mother supported her two children by working as a waitress.
Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her role as Ally Mayfair-Richards in American Horror Story (2011) (Cult), but lost to Regina King from Seven Seconds (2018).
Paulson was diagnosed with melanoma on her back when she was 25. The growth was later removed before the cancer could spread.
Suffers from trypophobia (fear of holes), especially bees, honeycombs, sponges, etc. Clusters of holes bother her most.
She is a lifelong liberal Democrat.
Alumna of the AADA (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Class of 1992.
Tattoo on her right forearm: "anything you do, let it come from you then it will be new" made by the celebrity tattoo artist, Winter Stone for the celebrations of her 45th birthday on December 17, 2019.
Tattoo on her right foot: Starburst. Starburst tattoo is a symbol of ambitions, desires, goals, hope, growth, and prosperity.
Tattoo on her left wrist: "A. M." that possibly refers to the initials of the names of her deceased dogs.
Tattoo near her left ankle: Hieroglyph.
Mother worked as a waitress at Sardi's when Paulson was a child.
Born at 11:05PM (EST).

Personal Quotes (5)

I 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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
If 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.

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