A Look Back at Sarah Paulson’s Characters – Hollywood Life

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  • Sarah Paulson is an actress known for appearing in several Netflix horror series Ratch to many seasons of American Horror Story.
  • Like AHS premiere season 11, Sarah has now appeared in nearly 100 episodes.
  • Despite being loved by the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, Sarah will not appear in Season 11.

Since 2011 American Horror Story captivated audiences everywhere. Actress Sarah Paulson47 years old, appeared in almost 100 episodes of Beloved horror series. She has become a regular star on the show with many beloved characters from Billie Dean Howard to Many hotels Sally McKenna. Here’s a closer look at each of the characters Sarah has included throughout her time AHS.

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Sarah Paulson as Billie Dean Howard. (FX Network)

Billie Dean Howard – Part 1: ‘The Murder House’

In Part 1 of AHS: Murder House, Sarah takes on the role of Billie Dean Howard. Billie is a person who can communicate with ghosts, and is requested by Jessica Lange’s character, Constance. In this role, Sarah’s look includes blonde hair, acrylic orange nails, and pearls around her neck. In this season, Billie predicts that Michael will bring the apocalypse, as the house itself is built on the gateway to hell.

Lana Winters – Part 2: ‘Asylum’

MOTHER'S STORY: ASYLUM, Sarah Paulson in 'The Name Game' (Season 2, Episode 10, aired January 2, 2013), 2011-, ph: Prashant Gupta / © FX Networks / courtesy Everett Collection
Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters in Season 2. (© FX Networks)

Sarah took on the role of Lana Winters for AHS: Asylum, which premiered in 2012. This time, the phenomenal actress plays a devoted journalist trying to expose the truths and horrors inside Briarcliff Manor. Her look changed from blonde to a bold red hairstyle with dramatic red lipstick. In this spooky season, Lana finds herself a patient admitted to a refugee camp and subjected to “electric shocks and conversion therapy,” according to Copyright Minutes.

Cordelia Goode – Part 3: ‘Coven’

Sarah Paulson in ‘AHS: Coven’ as Cordelia Goode. (FX Network)

When moving to Part 3, AHS: Covenwe see Sarah playing the role of Cordelia Goode, along with the actresses Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga, and again, Jessica Lange. Cordelia is the principal of Miss Robichaux Academy, and is extremely protective of her institution. At one point, the headmistress even stabbed herself in the eye to succeed her mother as the Supreme. This is also known as one of the most classic seasons of the beloved series.

Bette and Dot Tattler – Part 4: ‘Freakshow’

Sarah Paulson as Bette & Dot Tattler in ‘AHS: Freakshow’. (FX Network)

In October 2014, Sarah took on the supporting role of conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler in AHS: Freakshow. Bette is seen as the gentler and more serious twins, while Dot is the victim of her sister’s jealousy. Dot is a singer, and when Bette found out about this, she was very upset and started turning against her siblings. Bette also killed her biological mother by stabbing her while they were fighting. Other stars in this season include Evan peters, Angela Bassett, Michael Chiklisand Denis O’Hare.

Sally McKenna – Part 5: ‘Hotel’

MOTHER'S STORY: HOTEL, Sarah Paulson in 'Check In' (Season 5, Episode 1, aired October 7, 2015).  ph: Suzanne Tenner / © FX / Courtesy Everett Collection
Sarah Paulson as Sally McKenna in ‘AHS: Hotel’. (FX Network)

Part 5, AHS: Hotelis one of the most star-studded seasons with the main character being Countessdescribed by the singer Lady Gaga. In this abandoned and bloody hotel, Sarah plays the character Sally McKenna, a ghost with a drug addiction. Sally is a permanent resident of Hotel Cortez who can always be seen with messy eye makeup because of her constant tears. Sarah’s character craves love and attention and will do her best to get it.

Shelby Miller & Audrey Tindall – Season 6: ‘Roanoke’

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Sarah Paulson as Audrey Tindall & Shelby Miller in Season 6. (FX Networks)

AHS: Roanoke based on the true events of the disappearance of a colony in Roanoke, North Carolina. For Sarah’s sixth season on AHS She portrayed two characters: Shelby Miller and Audrey Tindall. The latter is a British actress in love with Rory Monahan (Evan Peters), however, Audrey ends up playing Shelby in a documentary about the colony. Shelby is a believer in supernatural events occurring at Roanoke, but Audrey is extremely suspicious and doesn’t feel the same way.

Ally Mayfair-Richards and Susan Atkins – Part 7: ‘The Cult’

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Sarah Paulson in Season 7 of ‘AHS: Cult’. (FX Network)

By 2017, the show’s creators, Ryan Murphy, found another perfect role for Sarah. In AHS: Cult She plays Ally Mayfair-Richards, a mother and wife married to Ivy (Alison Pill). Ally’s many obsessions end for the best of her, leading to her killing Ivy to keep their son, Oz, to herself. In addition, Ally stopped taking drugs and ended cooperation with the FBI to “infiltrate the cult”, according to Screen.

Wilhemina Venable – Part 8: ‘Apocalypse’

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Sarah Paulson as Wilhemina Venable. (FX Network)

Once again, Sarah takes on an unpleasant character in AHS: Doomsday. This time she’s Wilhemina Venable, administrator of Outpost 3. Sarah’s character has heavy makeup, dark red hair, and Victorian outfits. More than that, Wilhemina is someone who cannot tolerate human contact and lacks empathy for others. She often breaks the rules of the outpost and ensures the misery of the inhabitants.

Tuberculosis Karen & First Lady Mamie Eisenhower – Part 10: ‘Dual Feature’

A MOTHER'S SIDE STORY: DOUBLE HIGHLIGHTS, Sarah Paulson as Mamie Eisenhower, (Season 10, premieres August 25, 2021).  photo: © FX / courtesy Everett Collection
Sarah Paulson as Mamie Eisenhower in Season 10. (FX Networks)

Sarah skipped Season 9, titled AHS: 1984. But of course, Ryan had her return for Season 10 of AHS: Dual Feature. For the Emmy winner’s most recent season on the show, she played two roles (as she usually does AHS): TB Karen and the former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. Notably, Season 10 is divided into two parts: Red tide and Dead valley. In the first season, Sarah plays Karen, an artist hungry for creative inspiration in Provincetown. Karen also suffers from addiction and apathy.

In Dead valleySarah takes on the challenging role of the real person, Mamie Eisenhower, who served as the Presidential First Lady Dwight D. Eisenhowerof administration. This part of the season focuses on the president’s deal with “an alien race,” according to Collider.


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