- Category : 1974-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (48)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 4
American film, theatre, and television actress, who began acting on stage, later starring in the TV series American Gothic (1995–1996) and Jack & Jill (1999–2001). She later appeared in comedy films such as What Women Want (2000) and Down with Love (2003), and had dramatic roles in Path to War (2002) and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). From 2006 to 2007, Paulson played the role of Harriet Hayes in the NBC comedy drama series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2008, she starred as Ellen Dolan in the superhero noir film The Spirit.
Paulson appeared in the Broadway plays The Glass Menagerie (2005) and Collected Stories (2010). She also starred in a number of made-for-television movies and independent films, and had a leading role on the ABC comedy series Cupid in 2009. She later starred in the independent drama Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), and received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her performance as Nicolle Wallace in the HBO movie Game Change (2012).
In 2011, Paulson began starring in the FX anthology series American Horror Story, playing different characters in each of the show's four seasons.
Paulson started dating actress Cherry Jones in 2004. The couple declared their love for each other in 2007, during an interview with Velvetpark at Women's Event 10 for the LGBT Center of NYC. They broke up in 2009. In an interview with Broadway.com in 2013 during the revival of Talley's Folly, Paulson stated that she only dated men before her relationship with Jones, and that she has not been in a relationship since their breakup, but that she is open to relationships with women and men going forward.