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How Losing a Job Led American Crime Story's Sarah Paulson to Stardom

Originally posted 03/17/2016 11:20AM

Talk about a silver lining!

Sarah Paulson had been planning on doing a play in New York City, but when that fell through she found herself being presented with the opportunity of a lifetime.

Suddenly with free time, she accompanied actress Jessica Lange – who had starred with Paulson in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway in 2005 – to a Project Angel Food event in Los Angeles.

"She had just gotten into town to start doing season 1 of American Horror Story, and L.A. is not really her town," says Paulson, who is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE. "She didn't know a ton of people so we were spending a lot of time together."

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How Losing a Job Led American Crime Story's Sarah Paulson to Stardom| American Horror Story (Season 2), 12 Years a Slave, American Crime Story, American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Coven, American Horror Story: Freak Show, American Horror Story: Hotel, People Picks, TV News, Jessica Lange, Ryan Murphy, Sarah Paulson
Also at the event was AHS creator Ryan Murphy, who had previously cast Paulson in a memorable guest-starring role on his FX drama Nip/Tuck.

"At one point, Jessica just threw her arm around me and said to Ryan, 'Oh, can't you find something for Sarah to do on the show? She's going to be in town now.' And he said, 'Oh. Yeah. I think I could do that,' " Paulson recalls.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Says U.S. Offers Black Actors More Opportunities | Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch Says U.S. Offers Black Actors More Opportunities

Originally posted 01/26/2015 02:45PM

Though the Screen Actors Guild awards made history Sunday by bestowing the two major TV acting honors to women of color for the first time since the Guild began its ceremony, the 2015 awards show season has been criticized for inadequately recognizing people of color.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Is Engaged to Marry

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Engaged to Marry

Originally posted 11/05/2014 05:20AM

In this era of social media and email, there was something warmly traditional about Benedict Cumberbatch's wedding engagement news Wednesday.

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How Lupita Nyong'o Learned She Is Beautiful

How Lupita Nyong'o Learned She Is Beautiful

Originally posted 11/03/2014 04:45PM

She's PEOPLE's reigning World's Most Beautiful Woman, but growing up, Lupita Nyong'o was taught otherwise.

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See Rare Photos of Lupita Nyong'o Onstage at Yale

See Rare Photos of Lupita Nyong'o Onstage at Yale

Originally posted 03/05/2014 12:15PM

Before she nabbed the Best Supporting Actress award for 12 Years A Slave at the 2014 Oscars – and became one of Hollywood's rising style icons in the process – Lupita Nyong'o honed her craft at the Yale School of Drama.

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The New York Times Prints a Correction to 12 Years a Slave Story, 161 Years Later

The New York Times Prints a Correction to 12 Years a Slave Story, 161 Years Later

Originally posted 03/04/2014 12:50PM

Better late than never.

The New York Times's 1853 story on the subject of this year's Best Picture Oscar winner, 12 Years a Slave, was all over the Internet this week. And a reader quickly noted that the Times spelled Solomon Northup's name incorrectly. Twice.

So the paper printed a correction, more than 160 years later.

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Watch Solomon Northup's Descendants Discuss 12 Years a Slave and His Legacy

Originally posted 03/03/2014 11:00AM

Solomon Northup's descendants gather in Los Angeles Photo by: Courtesy The Hollywood ReporterThe descendants of Solomon Northup, the subject of Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave and author of the book on which it's based, gathered in Rochester, N.Y.; Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., for a series of photos organized by The Hollywood Reporter.

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12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture Oscar | Oscars 2014, 12 Years a Slave

Oscars 2014

12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture Oscar

Originally posted 03/03/2014 12:30AM

And the final award of the night went to 12 Years a Slave.

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Ellen DeGeneres's 5 Best Oscar Monologue Barbs | Oscars 2014, Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres's 5 Best Oscar Monologue Barbs

Originally posted 03/02/2014 09:30PM

Ellen DeGeneres is generally thought of as the anti-Ricky Gervais. She's a friendly, inoffensive choice to host an awards show, who is sure to leave everyone with warm and fuzzy feelings ... right?

Wrong.

In her opening monologue at Sunday night's Academy Awards, Ellen bared her claws, leaving no nominee unspared. The mood may have been a little sharper than Oscar producers expected, but there's no denying that Ellen gave one of the better Oscar monologues in recent memory.

Below, the host's best zingers, ranked.

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The Stunning Shades of Lupita Nyong'o's First Awards Season | Lupita Nyong'o

The Stunning Shades of Lupita Nyong'o's First Awards Season

Originally posted 03/02/2014 07:55PM

Liza Minnelli isn't the only Oscar attendee bringing a bolt of blue to the red carpet. Lupita Nyong'o arrived at the Academy Awards wearing a Grecian baby blue gown. The color is the latest shade to be added to the 12 Years a Slave actress's array of rainbow awards season gowns.

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