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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 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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Changed her first name from Moran to Margaret at age ten
Began performing in children's theater at age 13
Debuted her first stand-up routine
Began performing stand-up comedy at Rose & Thistle, a club above her parents' bookstore
Moved to Los Angeles
Named West Coast Division Champion of the US College Comedy Competition
Launched her stand-up comedy career with a stint on "Star Search"
Appeared as one of "Six Comics in Search of a Generation" (Lifetime)
Appeared on the NBC comedy special "Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter"
Made TV debut in "The Golden Palace"
Featured in the Showtime comedy special "Pair of Jokers: Margaret Cho & Bobby Collins"
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"
Made feature debut in "Angie" starring Geena Davis in the title role
Headlined the cable showcase, ""HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Margaret Cho"
Starred on the ABC sitcom, "All-American Girl," becoming the first Asian-American to have the lead role in a sitcom
Appeared in the AIDS-themed feature "It's My Party"
Appeared opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the action drama "Face/Off"
Made New York theatrical debut with the Off-Off-Broadway show "I'm the One That I Want"; filmed for release in 2000
Toured with new comedy show "The Notorious C.H.O."
Guest-starred on an episode of HBO's "Sex and the City" as a fashion show director
Released her live concert film "The Notorious C.H.O." in theaters
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, for <i>Revolution</i>
Headlined (also produced) the live concert film "Margaret Cho: Assassin"
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
Hosted the summer's True Colors Tour with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure
Returned to series TV as the creator and star of VH1's "The Cho Show"
Appeared in the comedy "17 Again," starring Matthew Perry and Zac Efron
Co-starred opposite Brooke Elliott on the Lifetime comedy series "Drop Dead Diva"
Joined the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars" (ABC) as a contestant
Earned a Grammy nomination for her comedy album, <i>Cho Dependent</i>
Portrayed Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un on "30 Rock"
Appeared on "Sullivan & Son"
Landed a supporting role in "Tooken"