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Also Known As: Margaret 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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Margaret Cho grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s, a childhood that helped to fuel her stand-up comedy, acting, and activism. Her childhood was fraught with pain, as she dealt with bullying, sexual abuse, and racism throughout her teen years. By the time she turned in 20 in 1988, Cho started to form what would become her future career as she started to dabble in stand-up comedy. It took time, but by 1992, her star started to shine as she landed a guest role on Golden Girls spin-off "The Golden Palace" (CBS 1992-93). Around the same time, her stand-up started taking off as she performed alongside everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Bob Hope. This all led to "All-American Girl" (ABC 1994-95), a sitcom starring Cho that was centered around her comedy and life. The show only lasted a single season and the failure of the project led Cho to drug addiction. She recovered, returning stand-up and acting, appearing in the John Travolta and Nicolas Cage action movie "Face/Off" (1995) and even making appearances on "Sex and the City" (HBO 1998-2004) and "The Nanny" (ABC 1993-99). At the turn of the century, Cho released the one-woman show "I'm the One That I Want" (2000). It was the first of numerous well-received...

Margaret Cho grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s, a childhood that helped to fuel her stand-up comedy, acting, and activism. Her childhood was fraught with pain, as she dealt with bullying, sexual abuse, and racism throughout her teen years. By the time she turned in 20 in 1988, Cho started to form what would become her future career as she started to dabble in stand-up comedy. It took time, but by 1992, her star started to shine as she landed a guest role on Golden Girls spin-off "The Golden Palace" (CBS 1992-93). Around the same time, her stand-up started taking off as she performed alongside everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Bob Hope. This all led to "All-American Girl" (ABC 1994-95), a sitcom starring Cho that was centered around her comedy and life. The show only lasted a single season and the failure of the project led Cho to drug addiction. She recovered, returning stand-up and acting, appearing in the John Travolta and Nicolas Cage action movie "Face/Off" (1995) and even making appearances on "Sex and the City" (HBO 1998-2004) and "The Nanny" (ABC 1993-99). At the turn of the century, Cho released the one-woman show "I'm the One That I Want" (2000). It was the first of numerous well-received specials, followed up by "Notorious C.H.O." (2001) and "Assassin" (2005). Later on, she even dabbled in music with "Cho Dependent" (2010) and "American Myth" (2016), which both netted Grammy nominations. She returned to television in 2009 on the dramedy "Drop Dead Diva" (Lifetime 2009-2014) as well as an Emmy-nominated performance as Kim Jong-Il on "30 Rock" (NBC 2006-2013).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bright (2017)
3.
 Call Me Lucky (2015)
4.
 Undateable John (2014)
5.
 White Frog (2012)
6.
 Cho Dependent (2011)
7.
8.
 I Am Comic (2010)
9.
 Snake, The (2009)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1996:
Appeared in the AIDS-themed feature "It's My Party"
1979:
Changed her first name from Moran to Margaret at age ten
2005:
Headlined (also produced) the live concert film "Margaret Cho: Assassin"
1991:
Moved to Los Angeles
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Performed in the San Francisco comedy houses, The Improv and The Punchline
2003:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, for <i>Revolution</i>
2001:
Toured with new comedy show "The Notorious C.H.O."
1992:
Appeared as one of "Six Comics in Search of a Generation" (Lifetime)
2007:
Hosted the summer's True Colors Tour with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure
1991:
Named West Coast Division Champion of the US College Comedy Competition
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"
1992:
Appeared on the NBC comedy special "Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter"
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Auditioned for admission to San Francisco's High School of the Performing Arts by performing an Ophelia soliloquy from "Hamlet"
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Encouraged by her parents to study voice, dance and piano
1981:
Began performing in children's theater at age 13
1993:
Featured in the Showtime comedy special "Pair of Jokers: Margaret Cho & Bobby Collins"
2002:
Released her live concert film "The Notorious C.H.O." in theaters
1994:
Made feature debut in "Angie" starring Geena Davis in the title role
2009:
Appeared in the comedy "17 Again," starring Matthew Perry and Zac Efron
2001:
Guest-starred on an episode of HBO's "Sex and the City" as a fashion show director
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>
2014:
Appeared on "Sullivan & Son"
2015:
Landed a supporting role in "Tooken"
2011:
Portrayed Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un on "30 Rock"
2008:
Returned to series TV as the creator and star of VH1's "The Cho Show"
1991:
Launched her stand-up comedy career with a stint on "Star Search"
1994:
Headlined the cable showcase, ""HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Margaret Cho"
1989:
Began performing stand-up comedy at Rose & Thistle, a club above her parents' bookstore
1999:
Made New York theatrical debut with the Off-Off-Broadway show "I'm the One That I Want"; filmed for release in 2000
1992:
Made TV debut in "The Golden Palace"
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
1994:
Starred on the ABC sitcom, "All-American Girl," becoming the first Asian-American to have the lead role in a sitcom
2009:
Co-starred opposite Brooke Elliott on the Lifetime comedy series "Drop Dead Diva"
1997:
Appeared opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the action drama "Face/Off"
1988:
Debuted her first stand-up routine
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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

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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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