My first introduction to Sarah Paulson came in the late 1990s as she portrayed Elisa Cronkite in the WB television series Jack & Jill. From that very first scene Ms. Paulson grabbed my attention and it hasn’t wavered since.
In 2017 Sarah Paulson ability to churn out one stunning performance after another shows no sign of slowing down. Her critically acclaimed, and award-winning, performances confirm that Sarah is one of the most gifted actresses around.
After growing up in Tampa, Florida Sarah spent her early years in New York and Maine before attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. She made her Broadway debut in The Sisters Rosensweig and made her silver screen debut on NBC’s Law & Order in late 1994.
In addition, Sarah’s first film role, on television, was in CBS’ Friends At Last in 1995. She went on to brilliantly portray Merlyn Temple, a benevolent spiritual guide, in CBS’ supernatural drama American Gothic.
In 2005 Sarah starred opposite her future American Horror Story co-star Jessica Lange in the revival of The Glass Menargie, a Tennessee Williams’ play. Sarah went on to play Harriet Hayes, a comedian, on Aaron Sorkin’s television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Despite receiving excellent reviews and while critical acclaim continued for the show it was cancelled after one season.
Nevertheless, in 2009 Sarah moved on to her next project with alongside Bobby Cannavale in the short-lived series Cupid. However, in 2011 Sarah joined the cast of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s anthology series, American Horror Story. In the first season of the hit series Sarah portrayed medium Billie Dean Howard. While forming part of the ensemble on American Horror Story Sarah appeared in several other projects, including the role of Nicole Wallace in the Sarah Palin-inspired political film Game Change in 2012. Sarah further portrayed Mistress Epps in the critically acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave.
In the second season of American Horror Story, titled Asylum, Sarah truly shone in the role of Lana Winters, a fearless reporter. The time period of the narrative in the second season meant that the fact that Lana Winters was a lesbian provided a startling insight to the history of gay women.
To Be Continued In Part Two.