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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 20, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Nepean, Ontario, CA Profession: actress, dancer

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Though actress Sandra Oh secured leading parts on television and in film in her native Canada, she found some difficulty translating that success when she initially sought work in the United States, due in large part to her Korean heritage. Possessing a likable combination of realized self-assurance and a childlike vulnerability, Oh was able to persevere, landing a scene-stealing and award-winning supporting role as an overworked and underpaid assistant to a sports agent on "Arli$$" (HBO, 1996-2002). Oh was able to parlay her critical acclaim into ever-increasingly higher profile roles, including "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" (2000) and "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003). But in 2004, Oh suddenly emerged onto the national stage as part of the ensemble cast of then-husband Alexander Payne's droll, wine-soaked dramedy, "Sideways" (2004). She immediately followed with an award-winning performance as the overly ambitious surgical intern, Cristina Yang, on the hit series, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ), earning the talented actress the acclaim and recognition she richly deserved.

Though actress Sandra Oh secured leading parts on television and in film in her native Canada, she found some difficulty translating that success when she initially sought work in the United States, due in large part to her Korean heritage. Possessing a likable combination of realized self-assurance and a childlike vulnerability, Oh was able to persevere, landing a scene-stealing and award-winning supporting role as an overworked and underpaid assistant to a sports agent on "Arli$$" (HBO, 1996-2002). Oh was able to parlay her critical acclaim into ever-increasingly higher profile roles, including "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" (2000) and "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003). But in 2004, Oh suddenly emerged onto the national stage as part of the ensemble cast of then-husband Alexander Payne's droll, wine-soaked dramedy, "Sideways" (2004). She immediately followed with an award-winning performance as the overly ambitious surgical intern, Cristina Yang, on the hit series, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ), earning the talented actress the acclaim and recognition she richly deserved.

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 Tammy (2014)
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 33 Liberty Lane (2013)
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 Quantum Quest (2012)
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 Rabbit Hole (2010)
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 Defendor (2009)
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 Blindness (2008)
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 Cake (2006)
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Began acting and studing ballet at an early age
1981:
First role was at age of 10 was in her school musical, "The Canada Goose"
1989:
Featured in Marc Voizard's short film "The Journey Home"
1991:
Left home to attend Montreal's National Theatre School of Canada
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Was cast as a chubby young boy in Peter Hinton's play "The Witch of Edmonton"
1993:
Cast as Vancouver author Evelyn Lau in the biographical TV film "The Diary of Evelyn Lau"
1993:
Starred as Canadian broadcaster Adrienne Clarkson in the biographical TV film "Adrienne Clarkson Presents"
1995:
Cast in the lead role in the Canadian film "Double Happiness"; won the Genie Award for Best Actress
1995:
Starred in a London, Ontario stage production of David Mamet's "Oleanna"
1995:
Appeared in the CBS TV-movie "Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling"
1995:
Had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "If Not for You"; series was cancelled after four episodes
1996:
Starred on stage as a police officer in the Toronto production "Inquest"
1996:
Was a regular on the HBO sports-themed comedy "Arli$$"
1997:
Played a LA publicist with a comedic turn in the feature, "Bean"
1998:
Starred in Don McKellar's thoughtful look at the world's end in "Last Night" (released in the USA in 1999)
1998:
Starred on the New York stage in the Off-Broadway production of "Stop Kiss"
1999:
Appeared in the Canadian feature "The Five Senses"
1999:
Featured in the ensemble of Francois Girard's acclaimed film "The Red Violin" (co-scripted by McKellar)
1999:
Had a recurring role on the WB's high school set series "Popular"
2000:
Received high praise for her role as a poetry-writing stripper in "Dancing at the Blue Iguana"; performed several nude dance routines
2003:
Cast in a supporting role, opposite Diane Lane in the romantic feature "Under the Tuscan Sun"
2004:
Co-starred with Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen and Thomas Haden Church in "Sideways"; helmed by then husband Alexander Payne
2005:
Cast as Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC's medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"; received five consecutive Emmy nominations (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2005:
Featured in the film "Sorry, Haters" with Robin Wright Penn
2006:
Cast in the Off Broadway play "Satellites"; nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
2006:
Co-starred in the psychological thriller, "The Night Listener"
2008:
Appeared opposite Julianne Moore in director Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness"
2010:
Co-starred with Selena Gomez and Joey King in "Ramona and Beezus," based on Beverly Cleary's popular children's book series
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Education

Sir Robert Borden High School: -
National Theatre School of Canada: - 1993

Notes

Critic Sheila Benson on Sandra Oh's impressive "Double Happiness" turn: "Ottowa-born Oh has the full arsenal: range, depth, passion and technique. All that aside, she's irrevocably lovable, a touching combination of glorious and goofy that has already inspired the French press to describe her as "a young Piaf."---From INTERVIEW, August 1995.

"I've been in a play once a year since I was 10. I think if I went through a year without it, I'd go crazy! I'd die! It's a health issue!"---Oh on keeping her ties to theater as her screen career escalates, quoted in the TORONTO SUN, January 29, 1996.

Oh on the Canadian feature "Last Night" and the Hollywood films "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact", regarding their similar end-of-the-world themes but vastly different approaches: "I've been thinking a lot recently about the differences between Americans and Canadians and you see it in the difference between our films and those two other films. Americans have this assumption to this right to do things to stop it all and change history. We accept it. We get to a deeper question of what would you do individually. As a metaphor, it is also extremely relevant: How do you want to live your live? The question really is: Do you live that last moment for yourself or for someone else? American films are apocalyptic in such a crude, warlike way. We're more of a thinking culture." --quoted to the TORONTO SUN, October 19, 1998

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