Sarah Paulson: Life Before Fame

Sarah Paulson and her rise to fame...
December 17, 2020 - 19:45 / Cynthia Springer

Actress Sarah Paulson is at the height of her career, starring in hit shows like American Horror Story and blockbuster movies, including Ocean's 8. See how Sarah's life was like before the fame, awards, and constant red carpet appearances!

Sarah Paulson is known for starring in many of Ryan Murphy's intense creations! Born in Tampa, Florida on December 17th, 1974, Sarah would move to Maine at the age of 5 due to her parent's divorce. Shortly thereafter, she relocated to New York with her mom, who worked as a waitress in the city, and her sister. Initially, she grew up in Brooklyn, but then settled in Manhattan to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Sarah Paulson's life before fame

Right out of high school, Paulson was already starting her acting career! She appeared in the play Talking Pictures at the renowned Signature Theatre in NYC, as well as an episode of Law & Order in 1994. 

Sarah Paulson arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Get Carter October 4, 2000 in Westwood, CA

From then on throughout the '90s, Paulson was cast in a slew of roles on television, film and Broadway! This includes American Gothic (1995), Levitation (1997), Jack & Jill (1999), and Killer Joe (1998). 

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In the early 2000's, Sarah appeared on popular television series that are also some of your favorites, including Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: SVU, Deadwood, and Grey's Anatomy

Today, the actress holds many awards and accolades throughout her many years as an actress. Her most recent well-known roles are in American Horror Story and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, where she's won Critic's Choice Awards for both of her performances in the incredible shows. 

Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy attend the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards After Party with their awards on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California

Sarah Paulson will be starring in the 10th season of American Horror Story this upcoming fall. She's also set to star in Impeachment: American Crime Story, based on the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal. Film-wise, you can check her out in 2020's Run, a horror film! We're already feeling spooked just thinking about it!