Sarah Katherine Paulson

Sarah Katherine Paulson

American actress
Date of Birth: 17.12.1975
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Sarah Catherine Paulson
  2. Early Acting Experience
  3. Debut on the New York Stage
  4. Early Film and Television Career
  5. Rise to Fame

Biography of Sarah Catherine Paulson

Sarah Catherine Paulson was born on December 17, 1975, in Tampa, Florida, USA. She lived there for the first five years of her life before her parents divorced and her mother kicked her and her father out of the house. Sarah spent some time in Maine before settling in New York. She attended a Brooklyn high school and would spend summers in Tampa with her beloved father and two sisters.

Sarah Katherine Paulson

Early Acting Experience

In her youth, Sarah already had acting experience, so she was confident in her future career choice. In 1989, she was accepted into the drama program at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York. After high school, she went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Sarah Katherine Paulson

Debut on the New York Stage

Sarah's debut on the New York stage took place in 1994 when the 19-year-old actress became an understudy in the revived play "The Sisters Rosenweig" on Broadway and also played a role in the off-Broadway production "Taking Pictures." That same year, Sarah landed her first television role as Maggie Connor in the series "Law & Order." Her appearance in the crime series led to a television drama called "Finally Friends" in 1995.

Sarah Katherine Paulson

Early Film and Television Career

Not one to sit idle, Sarah demonstrated her abilities in the popular CBS series "American Gothic," where she played the beloved ghost Marilyn Temple, who helped her brother uncover the treachery of the sinister sheriff, portrayed by actor Gary Cole. Ready for her first big television success, Sarah cast her line into the ocean of cinema and caught a leading role in the low-budget film "Levitation" in 1997, a story about a young pregnant woman searching for her biological mother.

Sarah Katherine Paulson

Continuing to maintain her impressive work ethic, Sarah found her second popular romantic series, "Jack & Jill." In 2000, Paulson experienced a career breakthrough when she joined director Nancy Meyers in her hit romantic comedy "What Women Want," playing the role of Mel Gibson's secretary. Following "Jack & Jill," the actress proved that even a newcomer could hold her own in a leading role, earning one in the short-lived sitcom "Leap of Faith."

However, the 1960s retro comedy "Down with Love" in 2003, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, in which Sarah appeared as Vicki Hiller, had a disappointing box office, dampening the actress's spirits. Now recognizable in face but not yet by name, Paulson stumbled with the role of Lisa Patterson in the failed ABC series "The D.A." but gradually regained her sense for great cult projects.

Rise to Fame

Sarah won the role of Doctor Caron in the big-screen spin-off of the popular sci-fi series "Firefly," beloved by a young audience, titled "Serenity" in 2005. She was just one good role away from reaching the next level of fame. The role of famous photographer and feminist Bunny Yeager in the biopic "The Notorious Bettie Page" didn't prove to be pivotal, and the film itself wasn't commercially successful. Perhaps a bit disappointed, Paulson returned to the Barrowmore Theatre, wanting to change the pace of her work. Once a double, she was now at the center of attention, playing Laura Wingfield in the revival of "The Glass Menagerie."

The enthusiastic reviews after "The Glass Menagerie" were followed by her role as Perry in the independent film "Griffin & Phoenix: A Love Story" in 2006, where Sarah had the chance to work again with Amanda Peet, the star of "Jack & Jill." In 2007, Sarah Paulson publicly declared her same-sex love for actress Cherry Jones.