Sarah Paulson as Alice Macray | Mrs. America | FX on Hulu

Sarah Paulson

Alice Macray

“Alice Macray,” played by Sarah Paulson, is Phyllis' best friend who joins Phyllis' efforts to block ERA ratification.

Career Highlights

Award-winning actress Sarah Paulson has built an impressive list of credits in film, television and on stage.

Paulson's Emmy® win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie was earned for her portrayal of attorney Marcia Clark in the critically acclaimed limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on FX. Paulson also received a Golden Globe® Award, a Screen Actors Guild® Award, a Critics Choice Award as well as a Television Critics Association award for this role.

Paulson’s recent film credits include Aneesh Chaganty’s Run, John Crowley’s adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Goldfinch for Warner Bros. and DreamWorks Animations’ Abominable.

In early 2019, Paulson starred in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Glass for Universal opposite James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. A few months before that she appeared in Netflix’s hit Bird Box opposite Sandra Bullock. In 2018, she starred in Warner Bros.’ Ocean’s 8 opposite Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

On the small screen, Paulson was last seen in the eighth installment of Ryan Murphy’s award-winning television series American Horror Story for FX. In addition to starring as multiple characters that season, she also made her directorial debut with the 78-minute crossover episode “Return to Murder House.” Paulson has received five Emmy nominations and two Critics’ Choice Awards for her roles in the franchise.

Paulson plays the title role and serves as an executive producer on Netflix’s Ratched. The series centers on the early life of “Mildred Ratched” from the 1962 Ken Kesey novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. In FX’s upcoming Impeachment: American Crime Story, Paulson will star as Linda Tripp and serve as an executive producer.

Paulson received her first Emmy nomination and second Golden Globe nomination for her role as Nicolle Wallace in HBO’s critically acclaimed telefilm Game Change directed by Jay Roach. Her first Golden Globe nomination was for her performance in Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, in which she starred opposite Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford and Steven Weber.

Paulson’s other film credits include Todd Haynes’ critically acclaimed Carol alongside Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which received an Academy Award® for Best Picture; and Jeff Nichols' Mud alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey. She has also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s The Post opposite Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep; Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye; Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay opposite Mark Duplass; Fox Searchlight’s Martha Marcy May Marlene alongside Elizabeth Olsen; Lionsgate’s The Spirit opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson; Marry Harron’s The Notorious Bettie Page; Down with Love with Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and David Hyde Pierce; What Women Want opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt; The Other Sister directed by Gary Marshall and starring Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis, and Diggers alongside Paul Rudd and Ken Marino.

On stage, Paulson last appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Talley’s Folly. She previously starred on Broadway in the two-hander Collected Stories opposite Linda Lavin; as “Laura Wingfield” in The Glass Menagerie alongside Jessica Lange; The Cherry Orchard alongside Alfred Molina and Annette Bening, and Tracy Letts’ critically acclaimed Killer Joe.

Margo Martindale

as Bella Abzug

Abzug was a three-term Congresswoman who co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus, and spearheaded the effort to pass the ERA.