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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway. She moved to California and worked with improv groups, including Spontaneous Combustion, and developed her skills as a stand-up comedienne. She came to prominence doing an HBO special and a one-woman show as Moms Mabley. She has been known in her prosperous career as a unique and socially conscious talent with articulately liberal views. Among her boyfriends were Ted Danson and Frank Langella. She was married three times and was once addicted to drugs.Goldberg first came to prominence with her starring role in The Color Purple (1985). She received much critical acclaim, and an Oscar nomination for her role and became a major star as a result. Subsequent efforts in the late 1980s were, at best, marginal hits. These movies mostly were off-beat to formulaic comedies like Burglar (1987), The Telephone (1988) and Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986). She made her mark as a household name and a mainstay in Hollywood for her Oscar-winning role in the box office smash Ghost (1990). Whoopi Goldberg was at her most famous in the early 1990s, making regular appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). She admitted to being a huge fan of the original Star Trek (1966) series and jumped at the opportunity to star in "Star Trek: The Next Generation".Goldberg received another smash hit role in Sister Act (1992). Her fish-out-of-water with some flash seemed to resonate with audiences and it was a box office smash. Whoopi starred in some highly publicized and moderately successful comedies of this time, including Made in America (1993) and Soapdish (1991). Goldberg followed up to her success with Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), which was well-received but did not seem to match up to the first.As the late 1990s approached, Goldberg seemed to alternate between lead roles in straight comedies such as Eddie (1996) and The Associate (1996), and took supporting parts in more independent minded movies, such as The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998). Goldberg never forgot where she came from, hosting many tributes to other legendary entertainment figures. Her most recent movies include Rat Race (2001) and the quietly received Kingdom Come (2001). Goldberg contributes her voice to many cartoons, including The Pagemaster (1994) and Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990), as Gaia, the voice of the earth. Alternating between big-budget movies, independent movies, tributes, documentaries, and even television movies (including Theodore Rex (1995)).Whoopi Goldberg is accredited as a truly unique and visible talent in Hollywood. Perhaps she will always be remembered as well for Comic Relief, playing an integral part in almost every benefit concert they had. Currently, Whoopi Goldberg is the center square in Hollywood Squares (1998) and frequently hosts the Academy Awards. She also is an author, with the book "Book".

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Nov 13, 1955 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series The 7D 2014-07-07

Won 1 Oscar. Another 50 wins & 64 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The View
The 7D Unknown 2014-07-07
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Unknown 2013-10-10
Nashville Unknown 2012
666 Park Avenue Unknown 2012
The Burn with Jeff Ross Unknown 2012-06-01
Extreme Weight Loss Unknown 2011
Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight Unknown 2011-02-09
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
Dance Moms Unknown 2011-07-13
Tanked Unknown 2011-08-07
Suburgatory Unknown 2011-09-28
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Unknown 2009-06-14
The Middle Unknown 2009-09-30
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
Pioneers of Television Self 2 episodes, 2014 2008-01-02
The Cleaner Unknown 2008-07-15
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
So Notorious Unknown 2006-04-02
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Unknown 2005-08-03
Robot Chicken Unknown 2005-02-20
Hell's Kitchen Unknown 2005-05-30
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Everybody Hates Chris Unknown 2005-09-22
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 Deborah Samson / ... 2002-09-02
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Strong Medicine Unknown 2000-07-23
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Unknown 1998-08-05
The Chris Rock Show Unknown 1997-02-07
The View Self - Co-Hostess / ... 1,958 episodes, 2005-2021 1997-08-11
Les muppets Unknown 1996-03-08
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Unknown 1995-05-28
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
Absolutely Fabulous Unknown 1994-07-24
The Nanny Unknown 1993-11-03
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Gaia 61 episodes, 1990-1992 1990-09-10
Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
A Different World Unknown 1987-09-24
Star Trek: The Next Generation Unknown 1987-09-26
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Moonlighting Unknown 1985-03-03
Muppet Babies Unknown 1984-09-15
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Reading Rainbow Unknown 1983-06-06
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21