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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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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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O.J. Simpson Prosecutor Marcia Clark Speaks Out About American Crime Story: 'For Me, It's Reliving a Nightmare'

Originally posted 02/03/2016 03:30PM

For the major players involved, living through O.J. Simpson's 1994 murder trial one time was enough – but now, the case is back in the spotlight with The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

According to Marcia Clark, who was the district attorney's lead prosecutor in Simpson's trial, the new series – which premiered Tuesday – is "reliving a nightmare."

"Every bit of it is awful and hard for me," Clark, 62, said Wednesday on The View.

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Lupita Nyong'o Urges for a 'Diversity of Stories to Be Told' as Ryan Murphy Launches Foundation to Support Minorities in Filmmaking

Lupita Nyong'o Urges for a 'Diversity of Stories to Be Told' as Ryan Murphy Launches Foundation to Support Minorities in Filmmaking

Originally posted 02/03/2016 11:40AM

After issuing a statement saying she was "disappointed" in the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominations, Lupita Nyong'o has continued her push to raise awareness of the issue.

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The People v. O.J. Simpson: Who Is Connie Britton's Breakout Character Faye Resnick?

Originally posted 02/03/2016 09:50AM

Faye Resnick made quite the impression in Tuesday's The People v. O.J. Simpson premiere, with Connie Britton playing the close friend of the late Nicole Brown Simpson.

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REVIEW: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Is a Superb, True Crime Must-See

Originally posted 02/02/2016 10:00PM

There are media frenzies … and there are media frenzies.

You can make a similar distinction when discussing legal circuses and celebrity meltdowns. The O.J. Simpson murder trial, a public narrative that delivered a series of sensational jolts from start to finish, consistently falls into the second camp. Everything veers to the right side of the ellipses – the sensational side, the side that goes too far, almost to the improbable.

The case, which ended with the acquittal of Simpson on two counts of murder, was referred to as "The Trial of the Century" – the last one – and within the first hour of FX's superb The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, you'll remember why. Or, if you weren't around for the white Bronco highway chase, Kato Kaelin (no, that's not the name of a minor character in the new Star Wars) or the astonishing moment when the glove didn't fit, you'll learn why.

There are trials of the century … and there are trials of the century.

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Kris Jenner Opens Up About the O.J. Simpson Miniseries: 'I Hope It Will Educate People About Domestic Violence'

Originally posted 02/02/2016 05:00PM

For Kris Jenner, memories of her best friend Nicole Brown Simpson are everywhere: in old photographs, home movies and in the stories she shares.

But now, with the widely anticipated FX miniseries, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, premiering Tuesday, a new generation will be exposed to the trial that took place over two decades ago, and Jenner hopes something good will come of it.

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Kris Jenner Is 'Excited and Anxious' to See Her Family's Real-Life Story Portrayed in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

Originally posted 01/20/2016 02:20PM

Her life may be in a completely different phase now, but Kris Jenner vividly recalls the O.J. Simpson trial, which she calls, "a very dramatic, sad, crazy time in my life and something that was tremendously difficult to go through."

Speaking on a panel during the NATPE Television convention in Miami, Jenner – who was previously married to Simpson friend and defense attorney Robert Kardashian – discussed the new FX miniseries, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, saying, "I'm excited to see it. I'm excited in a lot of ways, and I'm anxious about it, and I want to see how it turns out, but I've heard it's really good."

She added of the upcoming broadcast: "It will be kind of weird to watch it on TV as someone who lived that whole thing."

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Sarah Paulson Spent Months Simultaneously Filming American Horror Story: Hotel and American Crime Story – and Has This Crazy Video to Prove It

Originally posted 01/20/2016 02:00PM

If you weren't already a Sarah Paulson fan, new evidence will win you over.

In a new video originally posted by E!, the actress breaks down how she took on two major roles – playing ghost junkie hypodermic Sally in American Horror Story: Hotel and prosecuting attorney Marcia Clark in the upcoming American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson – at the same time. (Can someone get her an Emmy ... or two or three?!)

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