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Actress Sarah Catharine Paulson was born on December 17th, 1974, in Tampa, Florida, but grew up in New York with her mother and sister following her parents divorce. After graduating high school, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1994, she made her debut on stage in Talking Pictures, and her small screen debut in an episode of Law & Order. After that, she worked steadily throughout the 1990s, securing main roles in TV series American Gothic (1995–1996) and Jack & Jill (1999–2001). Paulson also starred in television movies Friends at Last (1995) and Cracker (1997). She only appeared in three movies during this decade: Levitation (1997), The Other Sister and Held Up (both in 1999).

In 2000, Sarah had a small role in the comedy What Women Want, followed by performances in Down with Love (2003), and Serenity (2006). In 2005, Paulson returned to Broadway to star in the revival of The Glass Menagerie, followed by the off-Broadway play Colder Than Here. From 2006 to 2007, she was part of the NBC comedy-drama series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Her performance on the show earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. During this time, she also guest-starred in TV shows such as Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Nip/Tuck, Grey’s Anatomy and Deadwood. In 2009, she landed another lead role in comedy-drama Cupid, which lasted only one season.

Over the past decade, Paulson has appeared in numerous films like the romantic comedy New Year’s Eve (2011), comedy Fairhaven (2012), biopic drama 12 Years a Slave (2013), rompantic period drama Carol (2015), Ocean’s 8 (2018), Bird Box (2018), Glass (2013), and Run (2020). On the small screen, Sarah has been starring in Fox’s horror anthology series, American Horror Story, starting from 2011 to the present. She was initially cast for a small role in the first season, but later became part of the main cast for its subsequent nine seasons and remains one of the series’ most recognizable faces. Since 2016, Paulson has been part of Fox’s true crime anthology series (both as actor and producer), currently on its third season. For her performance in the series first season, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, Sarah earned a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her work as lead actress. Since 2020, Sarah has been playing a lead role in psychological streaming TV series, Ratched, which she also produces.

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