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Also Known As: Moran Cho Died:
Born: December 5, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: comedian, actor, bookstore clerk, retail salesperson

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An acid-tongued performer who often let loose her rage at conservative politicians, gay bashers and anti-feminists on stage, Margaret Cho still managed to endear herself to audiences through her deeply personal stories. She rose to fame as a loud, brutally honest comic who shattered the media's stereotypes of Asian women as polite, bow-scraping servants, and whose style and presence was once compared to comedy icon Richard Pryor. The comedienne would go on to star on the short-lived series "All-American Girl" (1994-95), a harrowing experience she recounted in her concert film, "I'm the One that I Want" (2000). The show was the first in a series of many sold-out performances showcasing Cho's raunchy, in-your-face riffs about sex, bodily functions, ethnic myths, drag queens, and more. Beginning with "Notorious C.H.O." (2002), her stand-up acts tackled more political issues, but the one theme that always garnered the most laughs was Cho's hilarious impressions of her Korean mother. Cho's second foray into network television was more successful; she starred on the reality series, "The Cho Show" (VH1, 2008), and was a regular on Lifetime's hit comedy, "Drop Dead Diva" (2009- ). In 2010, Cho showed off her...

An acid-tongued performer who often let loose her rage at conservative politicians, gay bashers and anti-feminists on stage, Margaret Cho still managed to endear herself to audiences through her deeply personal stories. She rose to fame as a loud, brutally honest comic who shattered the media's stereotypes of Asian women as polite, bow-scraping servants, and whose style and presence was once compared to comedy icon Richard Pryor. The comedienne would go on to star on the short-lived series "All-American Girl" (1994-95), a harrowing experience she recounted in her concert film, "I'm the One that I Want" (2000). The show was the first in a series of many sold-out performances showcasing Cho's raunchy, in-your-face riffs about sex, bodily functions, ethnic myths, drag queens, and more. Beginning with "Notorious C.H.O." (2002), her stand-up acts tackled more political issues, but the one theme that always garnered the most laughs was Cho's hilarious impressions of her Korean mother. Cho's second foray into network television was more successful; she starred on the reality series, "The Cho Show" (VH1, 2008), and was a regular on Lifetime's hit comedy, "Drop Dead Diva" (2009- ). In 2010, Cho showed off her dancing skills on ABC's popular series "Dancing with the Stars" (2005- ), and took her act on the road with "Cho Dependent," another gut-busting concert tour from one of comedy's most talented, inspirational and fearless performers.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Undateable John (2014)
2.
 White Frog (2012)
3.
4.
 Cho Dependent (2011)
5.
 I Am Comic (2010)
6.
 17 Again (2009)
7.
 Snake, The (2009)
8.
 One Missed Call (2008)
9.
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1979:
Changed her first name from Moran to Margaret at age ten
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Encouraged by her parents to study voice, dance and piano
1981:
Began performing in children's theater at age 13
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Auditioned for admission to San Francisco's High School of the Performing Arts by performing an Ophelia soliloquy from "Hamlet"
1989:
Began performing stand-up comedy at Rose & Thistle, a club above her parents' bookstore
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Performed in the San Francisco comedy houses, The Improv and The Punchline
1991:
Moved to Los Angeles
1991:
Named West Coast Division Champion of the US College Comedy Competition
1991:
Launched her stand-up comedy career with a stint on "Star Search"
1992:
Made TV debut in the CBS short-lived spin-off, "The Golden Palace"
1992:
Appeared as one of "Six Comics in Search of a Generation" (Lifetime)
1992:
Appeared on the NBC comedy special "Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter"
1993:
Featured in the Showtime comedy special "Pair of Jokers: Margaret Cho & Bobby Collins"
1994:
Headlined the cable showcase, ""HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Margaret Cho"
1994:
Spoofed CBS news anchor Connie Chung on "Tonya: The Battle of Wounded Knee," a segment of the Julie Brown special, "Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women"
1994:
Made feature debut in "Angie" starring Geena Davis in the title role
1994:
Starred in the ABC sitcom, "All-American Girl," becoming the first Asian-American to have the lead role in a sitcom
1996:
Appeared in the AIDS-themed feature "It's My Party"
1997:
Appeared opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the action drama "Face/Off"
1999:
Made New York theatrical debut with the Off-Off-Broadway show "I'm the One That I Want"; filmed for release in 2000
2001:
Toured with new comedy show "The Notorious C.H.O."
2001:
Guest-starred on an episode of HBO's "Sex and the City" as a fashion show director
2002:
Released her live concert film "The Notorious C.H.O." in theaters
2003:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, for <i>Revolution</i>
2005:
Headlined (also produced) the live concert film "Margaret Cho: Assassin"
2005:
Wrote first feature, the low-budget comedy "Bam Bam and Celeste"; shared writing credit with with friend and co-touring act Bruce Daniels; film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival
2007:
Hosted the summer's True Colors Tour with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure
2008:
Returned to series TV as the star of VH1's "The Cho Show"
2009:
Appeared in the comedy "17 Again," starring Matthew Perry and Zac Efron
2009:
Co-starred opposite Brooke Elliott on the Lifetime comedy series "Drop Dead Diva"
2010:
Joined the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars" (ABC) as a contestant
2010:
Earned a Grammy nomination for her comedy album, <i>Cho Dependent</i>
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Education

School of the Arts High School: San Francisco , California -
San Francisco State University: San Francisco , California - 1988

Notes

Her Web site is at www.margaretcho.com.

"I've seen people at my shows that used to beat me up as a kid, because I was a terrible misfit. Now I'm so vindictive, and it's a joy. The people who took my lunch money are now paying to hear me talk about them on stage. That's the best." --Margaret Cho in Los Angeles Times, January 1, 1994.

"Cho has also become a permanent fixture at Disney's Epcot Center exhibit 'Innovations' with Bill Nye, The Science Guy. She plays the Cloud of Uncertainty." --From ABC PR for "All-American Girl"

"What Asian role models were there when I grew up? There was that lady who said, 'Ancient Chinese secret, huh?' And there was that show 'Kung Fu.' But they should have called it 'That Guy's Not Chinese.'" --Margaret Cho quoted in Rolling Stone, May 19, 1994.

"I don't think I am because I cut my own hair. And I do it really bad-with kitchen scissors. I won't go to a salon. I mean of all people, I should be going to a salon! All of the gay men i know scold me time and time again. But I think it's an incredible thing to be considered [a diva] and I'm honored. I just don't think I'm a very good one." -- Margaret Cho on being considered a diva Entertainment Weekly August 2, 2002

"I think L.A sex clubs are stylish. They've become so surburban now that, like surburbans homes, they serve really good food, from home-baked chocolate chip cookies to cornbread."--Cho Movieline September 2002

On the best pick up lines... "I think its very appealing when people relate to each other with honesty and respect. Of course, that's also how you get the most action."--Cho Vibe October 2002

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Scott Silverman. Comedian. Homosexual; Cho calls him her "partner in life".
companion:
Chris Isaak. Singer, actor. No longer together.
companion:
Garrett Wang. Actor. Wang disputes Cho's claims that they were a couple.
companion:
Quentin Tarantino. Director. No longer together.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Seung-Hoon Cho. Former bookshop owner, journalist, author. Born c. 1939; came to US in 1964 as a colege student; writes a newspaper column in Seoul, Korea; writes joke books.
brother:
Hahn Earl Cho. Younger.

Bibliography close complete biography

"I'm the One That I Want" Ballantine

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