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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Women We Love: Margaret Cho

Object of our affection: Margaret Cho, actress/ comedian/writer/producer.

- From stand up stages and sitcoms to concert movies and cameo appearances, she is one seriously funny lady; audiences will get a peek into her "real life" in her faux reality show The Cho Show, premiering on VH1 tomorrow night.

- Early success as a comic (including opening for Jerry Seinfeld and an American Comedy Award) led to her own short-lived comedy series, All American Girl; it was the first US network series to feature an East Asian family. The tumultuous production and ultimate cancellation of that series led to her first one-woman show (and eventual concert feature), I'm the One That I Want.

- Her subsequent comedy tours -- Notorious C.H.O., CHO Revolution, and Margaret Cho: Assassin -- were also filmed and released theatrically. Other film roles include The Doom Generation, It's My Party, Face/Off and Bam Bam and Celeste, which she also wrote and produced.

- In addition to her many TV appearances on comedy specials and various talk shows, she has also appeared in such series as The Golden Palace, Red Shoe Diaries, The Nanny, Sex and the City, Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and Sordid Lives: The Series.

- Aside from her film and television work, she has written two books; starred in her own traveling burlesque variety show, The Sensuous Woman; founded her own clothing line; recorded six comedy albums; and is a tireless and outspoken advocate for GLBT rights, winning several awards her humanitarian efforts from such groups as GLAAD, Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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