• Paula Newsome was born in Chicago and is an accomplished actress
• She has a net worth estimated to be over $3 million
• She attended Morgan Park Academy and Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts
• She has had leading, supporting and guest roles in many TV shows and films, including "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Black or White"
• She is married and is an art enthusiast

Who is Paula Newsome?

Paula Newsome was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 7 October 1961, and is an actress, best known for her television work. She’s received acclaim for her performances in projects such as “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Barry”, and “Conrad Bloom”. She’s also made guest appearances in several high profile shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ally McBeal”.

The Wealth of Paula Newsome

Paula Newsome has a net worth estimated to be over $3.5 million, as of mid-2024, earned through a successful career in acting. She’s been taking stage, television, and film projects since 1991, and shows no sign of taking it easy any time soon.

Early Life and Education

Paula grew up in Chicago, and during her time there discovered community theatre, developing a love for it as a child, and dreaming of one day pursuing a career as an actress.

She attended Morgan Park Academy (MPA) located in her hometown, founded in 1873., and known for its connections to the University of Chicago, with many of its students finding their way to the higher learning institution.

However, Paula took a different path as she wanted to pursue studies related to her desire to work in theatre. After matriculating, she enrolled at Webster University, becoming a part of their Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Paula Newsome

The private university is mainly located in Missouri, though it also has branches across the country. After completing her degree, she then moved to New York City, with the area being known as a hub for theatre, particularly Broadway.

Career Beginnings

Over the next few years, Newsome gained mostly support roles in various Broadway productions.

This led her to attract attention in the entertainment industry, leading to her feature film debut in 1992’s “Straight Talk”, in which she worked alongside Dolly Parton. She took more television projects, mainly appearing as a guest in several popular shows, including “Chicago Hope”, “Ally McBeal”, “ER”, and “Heroes”. She also worked on “Dharma & Greg” which focuses on a married couple who got hitched during their first date, despite not being exactly a good match.

She also had several regular or main roles in television shows. She worked alongside Lauren Graham in the sitcom entitled “Conrad Bloom”; it was produced by those who worked on “Caroline in the City” but it was short-lived, only airing for 15 episodes before being canceled. She then co-starred alongside Rob Lowe in the NBC show “The Lyon’s Den” – it followed Rob as the main character, a new member of a long-running law firm which has some dark secrets. The story never progressed far, however, as poor ratings led to it being canceled after 13 episodes.

Recent Projects and Films

In 2007, Paula was offered a starring role in the ABC series “Women’s Murder Club”, billed as one of the leads alongside Laura Harris, Angie Harmon and Aubrey Dollar. She played the medical examiner Claire in the show, which is based on the novel series of the same name written by James Patterson, but it aired for just one season. After these short-lived projects, she returned to doing guest roles, appearing in “Parenthood”, “FlashForward”, “Castle”, and “The New Adventures of Old Christine”.

Paula gained a lot of attention when she worked in “How to Get Away with Murder” alongside Viola Davis, with her performance netting a lot of positive reviews. The show tells the story of a university professor and five of her students who become mixed-up in with a murder plot, and has won numerous awards during its run. Aside from guest work, she’s also had recurring roles, most notably in “Suburgatory” and “City of Angels”, and played Caroline Charles in “Chicago Med”, the ex-wife of character Dr. Daniel Charles. She also does film work from time to time, with one of them being  “Black or White”, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014.

More recently, Paula appeared in “Spider Man – No Way Home” in 2021, and in the main role of Maxine ‘Max’ Robie in “CSI Vegas” from 2021 to May 2024.

Personal Life

Newsome is apparently married, though she hasn’t shared any details about her partner except for a few photos.  They don’t have children, and instead are close to their nieces and nephews. There are rumours that she was previously married twice, and has a couple of kids, but if so then they’ve been kept very well hidden.

She’s admitted that she’s often been mistaken for the former talk show host and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, due to their similar looks. She’s also an art enthusiast, often collecting art and attending various events. She ‘s very close to several actors she’s worked with, spending time with them as seen on her social media accounts.

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