Who is Paula Newsome?

Paula Newsome was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, probably in 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 a lot of high profile shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ally McBeal”.

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The Wealth of Paula Newsome

Paula Newsome has a net worth estimated to be over $3 million, 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, and which has a far-reaching history, having been founded in 1873. It’s 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. They offer programs focused in the arts and business with over 22,000 students from all around 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 gain attention in the entertainment industry, leading to her feature film debut in 1992’s “Straight Talk”, in which she worked alongside Dolly Parton. Afterwards, she began taking 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 on television. 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 worked alongside Rob Lowe in the NBC show “The Lyon’s Den”. The show 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 it to be canceled after 13 episodes.

Recent Projects and Films

In 2007, Paula was offered a starring role in the ABC series “Women’s Murder Club” in which she was 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 her latest projects being “Black or White” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014.

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

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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