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Sarah Paulson

Paulson at the 51st Annual Drama Desk Awards, May 21, 2006
Born Sarah Catharine Paulson
December 17, 1975 (1975-12-17) (age 34)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present

Sarah Catharine Paulson (born December 17, 1975)[1] is an American actress.


Early life and career

Paulson was born in Tampa, Florida, but was raised in Brooklyn, and Maine. She was a series regular on the cult television show American Gothic and the WB series Jack & Jill (1999), playing the character "Elisa Cronkite". In addition, she had a minor role in the HBO series Deadwood, and was a focal character in an episode of the critically acclaimed FX series Nip/Tuck.

Paulson briefly appeared on the NBC series Leap of Faith (2002) as the main character, but the show was short-lived. In 2004, she had a supporting role in the ABC series The D.A., but that show also ended after a few episodes.

Paulson starred in a revival of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, and has appeared Off-Broadway in Killer Joe, Talking Pictures, and Colder Than Here. Paulson's movie credits include Down with Love, What Women Want, The Other Sister, Levitation, and Serenity.

In the 2006-2007 television season, Paulson co-starred in NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip playing Harriet Hayes, one of the stars of the show-within-a-show. To date, this is her most notable role, earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a TV series. In December 2008, Paulson appeared in the screen adaptation of Will Eisner's comic book The Spirit, playing an updated version of the character Ellen Dolan.

On August 25, 2008, ABC ordered her pilot Cupid to series. It is a remake of the 1998 program which starred Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall. In the new version of the series, Paulson stars opposite Bobby Cannavale. The series debuted in late March 2009 on ABC, but was quickly canceled on May 19, 2009 after only 6 episodes aired.

Personal life

Paulson dated the actress Cherry Jones. Jones has been accused of indirectly outing Paulson in her acceptance speech after winning a Tony Award in 2005; Jones thanked her by the name of the character that she was currently playing, The Glass Menagerie's "Laura Wingfield".[2] However, the pair had attended the awards together and kissed right after Jones won, thus making it clear that Paulson was not secretive about the relationship. In 2007, Paulson and Jones declared their love for each other in an interview with VelvetPark at Women's Event 10 for the LGBT Center of NYC.[3] They have since broken up.[4]


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Levitation Acey
1999 Held Up Mary
The Other Sister Heather Tate
2000 What Women Want Annie
2002 Bug Eilleen
2003 Down with Love Vikki Hiller
2005 Serenity Dr. Caron
Swimmers Merrill
2006 Griffin and Phoenix Peri
Diggers Julie
The Notorious Bettie Page Bunny Yeager
2008 Puppy Love Emma
The Spirit Dr. Ellen Dolan
2009 Whose Dog Is It Anyway? Emma
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Law & Order Maggie Conner 1 episode
1995 Friends at Last Diana, age 21 Television movie
1995-1996 American Gothic Merlyn Temple 18 episodes
1996 Shaughnessy Television movie
1997 Cracker Janice 2 episodes
1998 Real Life Lucy 1 episode
The Long Way Home Leanne Bossert Television movie
1999-2001 Jack & Jill Elisa Cronkite 31 episodes
2000 Metropolis Audrey Television movie
2001 Touched by an Angel Zoe 1 episode
2002 Leap of Faith Faith Wardwell 6 episodes
Path to War Luci Baines Johnson Television movie
2004 The D.A. Chief Dep. Dist. Atty. Lisa Patterson 2 episodes
Nip/Tuck Agatha Ripp 1 episode
2005 Deadwood Alice Isringhausen 9 episodes
2006 A Christmas Wedding Emily Television movie
2006-2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Harriet Hayes 22 episodes
2007 Desperate Housewives Lydia Lindquist 1 episode
2008 Pretty/Handsome Corky Fromme Unsold pilot
2009 Cupid Dr. Claire McCrae 7 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anne Gillette 1 episode

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
2007 Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
2006 Satellite Award Nominated Best Actress in a Series, Drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip


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