Sarah Catharine Paulson (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. In 2017, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulson began her acting career starring in the television series American Gothic (1995–1996) and Jack & Jill (1999–2001). She played Harriet Hayes in the comedy-drama series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007), and supporting roles in such films as What Women Want (2000), Down with Love (2003), and The Spirit (2008). On Broadway, she appeared in a revival of Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie in 2005, and originated the role of Lisa Morrison in Donald Margulies's play Collected Stories in 2010. Paulson gained fame for her collaborations with filmmaker Ryan Murphy in several television series. She starred in nine seasons of his anthology series American Horror Story from 2011 to 2021, earning five Primetime Emmy Award nominations. For her portrayal of Marcia Clark in the courtroom drama The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016), she won the Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. She also portrayed Nurse Ratched in Ratched (2020) and Linda Tripp in Impeachment: American Crime Story (2021). Paulson's other television roles include Game Change (2012), in which she played Nicolle Wallace, and Mrs. America (2020). Her other film roles were in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Mud (2012), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Carol (2015), The Post (2017), Blue Jay (2016), Ocean's 8 (2018), Bird Box (2018), Glass (2019), and Run (2020). Paulson will return to Broadway in 2023 to star in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's play Appropriate.

Born: December 17, 1974


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