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American comedienne, actress and author. Margaret Cho was born as Moran Cho to Korean-American parents who had immigrated to San Francisco after the Korean War. Her father earned an MBA and found work as an auditor, but was deported 3 days after she was born in 1968 for failure to obtain a work permit. While her mother remained in San Francisco, she was unable to support them both and Cho was sent to Korea to live with her father and grandparents when she was 4 months old. When she was 3, she and her father returned to San Francisco where Cho attended elementary school in Haight-Asbury. Her parents bought Paperback Traffic, a bookstore in the heart of San Francisco's gay culture when she was ten. This exposure along with the Haight-Asbury scene exposed her to broad array of people and life-styles. She attended the highly selective Lowell High School, but was expelled at 15 for failing grades. Seeing Richard Pryor's film, Live At The Sunset Strip, inspired her emulation and at 16, Cho auditioned and was accepted to San Francisco’s McAteer High School of the Performing Arts where she studied drama and improv; and also began performing stand-up in a comedy club above her parents' bookstore. After polishing her act at San Francisco's comedy houses, she got her big chance in 1991 by becoming the West Coast Division champion of the U.S. College Comedy Competition, which earned her a spot opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in 1992 where she began to garner TV credits and played the college circuit. By 1993, she became the most-booked comedian on the college circuit, and was nominated as the Best Campus Comedian by the National Association of Campus Activities. She then won the 1994 American Comedy Award for "Best Female Stand-Up". Cho made history in the Fall of 1994 as the first Korean-American to star in her own TV show, ABC’s All American Girl. In 1999, Cho created an off-Broadway one-woman show I'm The One That I Want which toured the U.S, and was made into a film and a best-selling book. Her next show was the 2001 Notorious C.H.O. , which met with equal critical acclaim, and released as a feature film. The DVD of her sold-out national tour, Revolution, was nominated for a 2003 Grammy for best comedy album. In 2004, Cho launched State of Emergency, her first politically charged tour that she swung through the swing states before the Presidential election. Even more political, her 2005 Assassin toured the U.S., Canada and Australia, and was filmed and released on CD and DVD. Cho also wrote and starred in Bam Bam and Celeste which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005. Cho's second book, I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight, a collection of her essays, was published in 2005. Cho's many awards include the First Amendment Award from Southern California's ACLU, the Intrepid Award from NOW, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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