- Sandra Oh
name = Sandra Oh
caption = Oh at a Writer's Guild of America protest, November 2007
birthdate = birth date and age|1971|7|20
Nepean, Ontario, Canada
yearsactive = 1989 - present
goldenglobeawards = Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
sagawards = Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series
awards = Genie Award for Best Actress
Sandra Oh (born
July 20, 1971) is an award-winning Canadian actress. Oh has twice won a Genie Awardand a Screen Actors Guildaward, once won a Golden Globe Awardand four-times been nominated for an Emmy Award. She is primarily known to American audiences for her role as Dr. Cristina Yangin the ABC series " Grey's Anatomy". She also played notable roles in the feature films "Under the Tuscan Sun" and " Sideways", and had a supporting role on the HBOoriginal series " Arli$$". In 2005, Oh made "People" magazine's list of the 50 Most Beautiful People.cite news | last=Goldberg | first=Nathaniel | title=People's 50 Most Beautiful People | work=People Magazine | date=27 April 2005| url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1046248_1054061,00.html?cid=redirect-articles | accessdate=2007-05-31]
Oh was born in
Nepean, Ontario, to middle-classKorean immigrant parents Joon-Soo (John) and Young-Nam, who had come to Canada in the early 1960s. Her father is a businessman and her mother a biochemist.cite web | title=Sandra Oh Biography | publisher=Film Reference | url=http://www.filmreference.com/film/44/Sandra-Oh.html | accessdate=2007-05-31] Oh grew up living on Camwood Crescent in the Ottawacite web | title=The Winding Career of Sandra Oh | publisher=NPR | date=23 Nov 2004 | url=http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4183846 | accessdate=2007-05-31] suburb of Nepean, Ontario, where she began acting and dancing ballet at an early age.cite news | title=Sandra Oh on the Challenge of Being Korean in Hollywood | work=The Chosun Ilbo | date=13 April 2007 | url=http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200704/200704130012.html | accessdate=2007-05-31] At the age of 10, she played The Wizard of Woe in a class musical, "The Canada Goose".
Sir Robert Borden High School, she founded the Environmental club BASE (Borden Active Students for the Environment), leading a campaign against the use of styrofoamcups. While at Sir Robert Borden High School she was Student Council President. While in high school, she played the fluteand continued both her ballettraining and acting studies; however, she knew that she "was not good enough to be a professional dancer" and eventually focused solely on acting. This interest led her to take drama classes, act in school plays, and join the drama club where she took part in the Canadian Improv Gamesand Skit Row High, a comedy group. Against her parents' advice, she rejected a four-year journalismscholarship to Carleton Universityto study drama at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canadain Montreal, paying her own way. She told her parents that she would try acting for a few years, and if that failed, return to school.cite news | last=Posner | first=Michael | title=Sandra Oh's Doing Just Fine: Profile | pages=R6-R7 | work=Toronto Globe and Mail | date=12 May 2007 | url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070512.wxoh12/BNStory/Entertainment | accessdate=2007-05-30] Ironically, while studying at the National Theatre School, she portrayed a waitress in the made-for-television film, "School's Out", in which her co-worker, Caitlin Ryan( Stacie Mistysyn) also considers turning down her acceptance into Carelton University's journalism programme.
Soon after graduating from the National Theatre School in 1993, she starred in a
London, Ontariostage production of David Mamet's "Oleanna". Around the same time, she won roles in biographical TV films of two significant female Chinese-Canadians: as Vancouverauthor Evelyn Lauin " The Diary of Evelyn Lau" (Oh won the role over more than 1,000 others who auditioned); and as Adrienne Clarksonin a CBC biopicof Clarkson's life.
Oh became even more widely known in Canada for her lead performance in the Canadian film "Double Happiness", for which she won the
Genie Awardfor Best Actress. Her other Canadian films include " Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity" and "Last Night", for which she again won a Best Actress Genie.
Oh is most familiar to American audiences from her roles in the popular films "
Under the Tuscan Sun" and " Sideways". She considers "Sideways" to be one of the two best movies she has made, along with " Evelyn Lau". In the less well-known " Dancing at the Blue Iguana", she played a poetry-writing stripper, performed several nude dance routines and received the movie's best reviews. On American television, she is renowned for her current role in the hit ABC medical series " Grey's Anatomy", for which she has won both a 2006 Golden Globe Awardfor and a 2006 Screen Actors GuildAward for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. In July 2008, she received her fourth consecutive Emmynomination for her work on the series.
Oh received critical acclaim for her six seasons as Rita Wu on the
HBOseries "Arli$$". She received an NAACP Image Awardfor Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Cable Ace award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her work on "Arli$$". In theatre, Oh has also starred in the world premieres of Jessica Hagedorn's "Dogeaters" at the La Jolla Playhouseand Diana Son's "Stop Kiss" at Joseph Papp's Public Theatrein New York City. She made several guest appearances on the series "Popular" (1999) playing a humanities teacher. She has also guest starred in the television series', " Judging Amy", ', "Six Feet Under", and " Odd Job Jack".
In 2006, she costarred in the film "The Night Listener" as "Anna," alongside
Robin Williamsand Toni Collette. Although Oh remains active in feature films, the critically acclaimed " Grey's Anatomy" remains her primary current occupation.
Oh was host of the
28th Genie Awardson March 3, 2008. [cite news|url=http://www.genieawards.ca/Genie28/host.cfm|title=Awards Ceremony Host biography]
Oh and "Sideways" filmmaker
Alexander Payne, were in a relationship for five years, including two years of marriage; they married on January 1, 2003. Payne and Oh separated in early 2005 and divorced in late 2006.cite news | last=Lee | first=Ken | coauthors=Stephen M. Silverman | title=Sandra Oh's Marriage Is Officially Over | publisher=People Magazine | date=27 Dec 2006 |url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20005420,00.html | accessdate=2007-05-31] Oh is currently dating musician Andrew Featherston.cite news | last=Glock | first=Allison | title=Sandra Oh Talks Life, Family, and Grey's Anatomy | publisher=Marie Claire | date=2007 | url=http://www.marieclaire.com/hair/celebrity/sandra-oh | accessdate=2007-05-31] cite web | author=TMZ Photo Galleries | title=Celebs Swappin' Spit | url=http://www.tmz.com/photos/celebs-swappin-spit/180222 | publisher=TMZ | accessdate=2007-08-04]
Oh's brother, Ray, is completing a Ph.D. in medical
geneticsat the University of Torontoand Ontario Cancer Institute. Her sister Grace is a crown attorneyand mother of two children in Vancouver, British Columbia.
*"Double Happiness" (1994)
*"Bad Day on the Block" (1997)
*"Last Night" (1998)
The Red Violin" (1998)
Permanent Midnight" (1998)
*"Waking the Dead" (2000 )
Dancing at the Blue Iguana" (2000)
*"The Princess Diaries" (2001)
*"The Frank Truth" (2001) (documentary)
Big Fat Liar" (2002)
*"Full Frontal" (2002)
Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity" (2002)
*"Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003)
Wilby Wonderful" (2004)
Mulan II" (2004)
*"Hard Candy" (2005)
*"Break a Leg" (2005)
3 Needles" (2005)
Sorry, Haters" (2005)
*"The Night Listener" (2006)
*"For Your Consideration" (2006)
*"The Journey Home" (1989)
*"Three Lives of Kate" (2000) (narrator)
*"Barrier Device" (2002)
*"8 Minutes to Love" (2004)
*"Denim Blues" (1989) (canceled after one season)
*"The Diary of Evelyn Lau" (1993)
*"Date Squad" (2001)
*"Six Feet Under" (2001) in Episode 01x05 An Open Book
*"Tales of the City" (2001) (miniseries)
Grey's Anatomy" (2005–present)
*" as Sun Park
Sesame Street" (2008) as "herself".
* [http://www.sandraoh.com/ Sandra Oh official website]
* [http://www.sandra-fan.com/ Sandra Oh website]
* [http://abc.go.com/primetime/greysanatomy/index?pn=bios#t=actor&d=90165 Sandra Oh "Grey's Anatomy" actress profile]
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Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
years = 1995
The Lotus Eaters"
Margaret's Museum"succession box
Cable ACE Award for Best Actress - Comedy Series
years = 1997
Arli$$" succession box
Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress - Drama Series
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Grey's Anatomy" succession box
years = 2006
Iron Jawed Angels"
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Canadian actress
DATE OF BIRTH=
July 20, 1971
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Nepean, Ontario, Canada
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