Whoopi Goldberg

Actress + Comedian + Author + Singer
Born Nov 13, 1955

Whoopi Goldberg is an American comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, author and talk show host. Goldberg made her film debut in The Color Purple playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in the Deep South. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won her first Golden Globe Award for her role in the film. In 1990, she starred as Oda Mae Brown, a psychic helping a slain man find his killer in the blockbuster film Ghost.… Read More

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Most sources give her birth year as 1955.


1973 17 Years Old Goldberg has been married three timesin 1973 to Alvin Martin (divorced in 1979, one daughter), on September 1, 1986, to cinematographer David Claessen (divorced in 1988), and on October 1, 1994, to the union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg (divorced in 1995).


1979 - 1982 2 More Events
1983 27 Years Old Goldberg created The Spook Show, a one-woman show composed of different character monologues, in 1983. … Read More
1984 28 Years Old The show, retitled Whoopi Goldberg for its Broadway incarnation, ran from October 24, 1984 to March 10, 1985, for a total of 156 performances; the play was taped during this run and subsequently broadcast by HBO as Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway in 1985. … Read More
1985 29 Years Old …  She won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1985 for "Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway," becoming only the second woman at the time to receive the award, and the first African-American woman. … Read More


1987 31 Years Old …  Her high-profile support for LGBT rights and AIDS activism dates back to the 1987 March on Washington, in which she participated.
1990 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1990, Goldberg starred with Jean Stapleton in the situation comedy Bagdad Cafe. … Read More
1993 37 Years Old She was romantically linked with actors Frank Langella, Timothy Dalton, and Ted Danson, who controversially appeared in blackface during her 1993 Friars Club roast. … Read More
1994 38 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1994 to 1995, Goldberg appeared in Corrina, Corrina, The Lion King (voice), The Pagemaster (voice), Boys on the Side, and Moonlight and Valentino. … Read More


1996 - 1997 3 More Events
1998 42 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1998 to 2001, Goldberg took supporting roles in How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett, Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, Kingdom Come and Rat Race with an all-star ensemble cast. … Read More
2000 44 Years Old 1 More Event
During the filming of Eddie, Goldberg began dating co-star Frank Langella, a relationship that lasted until early 2000.
2001 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, Goldberg hosted the 50th Anniversary of I Love Lucy.


2006 - 2007 2 More Events
On July 14, 2008, Goldberg announced on The View that from July 29 to September 7, she would perform in the Broadway musical Xanadu.
2009 53 Years Old On December 18 through 20, 2009, Goldberg performed in the Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Walt Disney World. … Read More
On January 14, 2010, Goldberg made a one-night-only appearance at the Minskoff Theatre to perform in the mega-hit musical The Lion King. … Read More
2011 55 Years Old In a 2011 interview with Piers Morgan, she explained that she never loved the men she married and commented "You have to really be committed to them. … Read More
2012 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, Goldberg guest starred as Jane Marsh, Sue Heck's guidance counselor in The Middle. … Read More
2014 58 Years Old Most recently, she had a cameo role as Megan Fox's boss in the 2014 reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and portrayed herself in Chris Rock's Top Five. … Read More
2015 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Goldberg has described her mother as a "stern, strong, and wise woman" who raised her as a single mother with her brother Clyde (c. 1949 – May 11, 2015), who died of a brain aneurysm in 2015. … Read More


2016 60 Years Old In 2016, it was announced Goldberg would be developing a reality show called Strut, based on transgender models from Slay models in Los Angeles, which was founded by Cecilio Asuncion. … Read More
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