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Sandra Oh

July 20, 1971
Sandra Oh is born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1975
Begins taking ballet lessons.
1981
Plays "The Wizard of Woe" in her first play, The Canada Goose.
1986
Attends Sir Robert Borden High School in Nepean, Ontario, Canada where she studies theatre and takes up numerous drama courses. She also becomes part of the Student Council.
1986
Says in a Bust interview later down the road on her high school days: "I was a typical drama freak who needed to express herself. My favourite outfit was orange palazzo pants that I'd wear with this beat-up tuxedo jacket. And I'd have my hair up with a giant bow."
1986
At age 15 she begins appearing in TV commericals.
1987
Becomes a member of the volleyball and cross-country ski teams.
1988
Takes part in the High School Improv Games. It is at these games that she is asked to join the student improv troupe, "Skit Row High." When she wins the games she is so excited that she tears the trophy from the presenter's hands and it cracks.
1990
Attends National Theatre School in Montreal where she studies theatre.
1993
She wins the lead role on the CBC TV movie The Diary of Evelyn Lau, leaving 1000 other hopefuls in her wake. She impresses the Montreal media when she speaks in French to talk about the role.
Sept. 7, 1994
Appears in Double Happiness.
1996
Moves to Los Angeles.
1996
Plays Rita Wu in the HBO comedy, Arli$$. She plays the role for the next 7 years.
July 3, 1997
Appears in the Bean with Rowan Atkinson and Burt Reynolds.
May 1998
Stars in Last Night with Sarah Polley.
Sept. 10, 1998
Appears in the French-Canadian film, Le Violin Rouge (The Red Violin).
Sept. 4, 1999
Appears in Guinevere with Sarah Polley.
Jan. 22, 2000
Appears in Waking the Dead with Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly, and Ed Harris.
Sept. 14, 2000
Stars in Dancing at the Blue Iguana with Daryl Hannah.
2001
Meets Alexander Payne at a social event, who, after months of him bugging her, she finally agrees to go on a date with him. She says of him: "From having seen his films (Citizen Ruth and Election), I knew he was cool. He was also gorgeous and personable and I really enjoyed being in his company, but that day we met I didn't think I was going to spend the rest of my life with him."
May 6, 2001
Appears in Further Tales of the City
July 29, 2001
Appears in The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.
Feb. 2, 2002
Appears in Big Fat Liar with Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes, and Paul Giamatti.
Aug. 2, 2002
Appears in Full Frontal with David Duchovny, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts.
Jan. 1, 2003
Marries Alexander Payne.
Sept. 20, 2003
Stars in Under the Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane.
Sept. 13, 2004
Stars in Sideways with Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, and Virginia Madsen.
Nov. 3, 2004
Stars in Mulan II with Lucy Liu.
March 27, 2005
Grey's Anatomy debuts mid-season on ABC, with Oh in the role of Dr. Cristina Yang. She says to the Associated Press of her role: "I get to play a woman who is extremely ambitious and unapologetic and driven, and sometimes not very sympathetic."
March 11, 2005
A spokesperson for the Oh and husband Payne announces their split and says that the "couple will remain friends" and the pair "mutually decided to separate."
April 2005
She files for divorce.
Sept 25, 2005
The second season of Grey's Anatomy begins.
Jan. 16, 2006
She says after winning a Golden Globe: "I dragged my seven-month pregnant sister to every party and she watched me drink, while she drank water. I tortured my sister."
Aug. 4, 2006
The Night Listener is released, with Oh in the role of Anna. The film also stars Robin Williams and Toni Collette.
Sept. 21, 2006
The third season of Grey's Anatomy begins.

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