Jennifer Salt began her career as an actress; for three decades she performed on stage, screen and television.
Salt is the daughter of screenwriter Waldo, who survived the Hollywood blacklist and went on to win Academy Awards® for Midnight Cowboy, Coming Home and a nomination for Serpico. However, for the first three decades of her career, Salt instead chose to follow in the footsteps of her mother, actress Mary Davenport.
After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts and Sarah Lawrence College, she began acting professionally in regional theater, playing everything from screwball comedies to Greek tragedies until making her Broadway debut in Oliver Hailey's Father's Day. Her film career began with featured role in Midnight Cowboy, before going on to star in Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud, Brian De Palma's Hi, Mom! and Sisters, Paul Williams' The Revolutionary and Woody Allen's Play It Again Sam. After her role as "Eunice Tate" in the groundbreaking series, Soap, Salt spent ten more years acting in film, theater and television.
In 1990, Salt made the decision to leave acting behind and enter the other family business: screenwriting. She began her career writing theatrical screenplays and long-form for television. She got her first series job on Sins of the City for USA Network followed by Nero Wolfe Mysteries for A&E. Ms. Salt wrote and produced eight seasons of the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe® Award-winning series, Nip/Tuck, receiving a Writers Guild Nomination for her episode, Rhea Reynolds. Her collaboration with Ryan Murphy led to their collaboration on the screenplay of Eat Pray Love, based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert.
In addition to American Horror Story, in her spare time she is the drummer in Tim Minear's rock band, The Couch Potatoes.