Whoopi Goldberg
Actress, comedian, author, singer
Whoopi Goldberg
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.
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WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg responds to fake news articles about her
ABC News - 17 days
Whoopi talks about how she felt threatened after a fake news story on the internet
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Girl Scouts Portray Iconic Women To Celebrate Women's History Month
Huffington Post - 20 days
It’s Women’s History Month, and the Girl Scouts of the USA are celebrating trailblazing women with a photo shoot and video posted on the Girl Scouts blog Thursday. Photography studio Toddlewood styled the girls, who were chosen by application in the New York area. They dressed up as Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, the NASA pioneers who were the focus of the film “Hidden Figures,” as well as Amelia Earhart, Mae Jemison, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Celia Cruz, Madam CJ Walker, Lucille Ball, Whoopi Goldberg and Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Rather than just talking to girls about women’s history, the organization wanted to give them a chance to walk in the shoes of the 11 iconic women who broke barriers in their fields, according to Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Chief Girl and Parent Expert at Girl Scouts of the USA. According to Bastiani Archibald, the girls not only had a great time playing and laughing at the shoot, but ...
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WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg dishes on Disney's 'Pandora: the World of Avatar'
ABC News - 23 days
"The View" co-host appears live from Disney World and tells "GMA" viewers about the new "Avatar"-themed attraction at Disney World's Animal Kingdom.
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Patrick Stewart Is Becoming A U.S. Citizen So He Can Fight Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 27 days
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The Truth Behind Those Photos Of Tiffany Trump Sitting 'Alone' At NYFW
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Over the past few days, viral photos of Tiffany Trump apparently sitting alone at Philipp Plein’s New York Fashion Week show have circulated throughout the internet.  But according to Christina Binkley, the former Wall Street Journal columnist who took the pictures and tweeted them out, Trump wasn’t alone for more than two minutes. Binkley told The Huffington Post the story behind her photos in an emailed statement (first seen here) on Thursday.  “The two empty seats, which were between Tiffany and me, were almost immediately filled by other guests,” she said. “Then Philipp Plein executives arrived and asked those people (including a famous creative director) to move so that Philipp’s sister and girlfriend could sit there. They ended up being highly coveted seats. Then the show started.”  Nobody wants to sit next to Tiffany Trump at Philipp Plein, so they moved and the seats by her are empty. pic.twitter.com/XcxNYI6Kf8 — Christina Binkley (@BinkleyOnStyle) February 14, ...
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Tiffany Trump thanks Whoopi Goldberg after 'View' host offers to sit with her at NYFW
ABC News - about 1 month
Donald Trump's daughter, who was shunned at a show, said, "Thank you."
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Whoopi Goldberg: From comedian to movie star (1996)
CNN - about 2 months
During a 1996 interview, Whoopi Goldberg tells CNN's Larry King how she selects the movies she stars in and what it's like working with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams.
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WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg Discusses Her Experience at NYC Women's March
ABC News - 2 months
"The View" co-hosts discuss the hundreds of thousands of women and men who marched for equal rights.
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Todrick Hall Discusses His Return To Broadway After YouTube Stardom
Huffington Post - 3 months
Todrick Hall is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Broadway performer, American Idol finalist, star of his own self-titled MTV Show and viral YouTube sensation with over 2 million subscribers and 350 million views. Dancing since the young age of 9, Hall is a classically trained ballet dancer who has traveled the world performing with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Royal Caribbean & Holland America Cruise lines, Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s California Adventure. His Broadway credits include Oprah Winfreys “The Color Purple” and The 2010 Tony Award Winning Musical “Memphis!” In the four years he has been a full-time YouTuber, he has had the honor of opening the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, being a Judge on “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and “Gay for Play,” choreographing music videos for Beyonce, writing and starring in the Virgin America Safety Video, Fiat Commercials and the theme song for the ...
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Celebrities react to the death of Carrie Fisher on Twitter
Yahoo News - 3 months
News of the death of actress Carrie Fisher hit hard on Tuesday. Friends, family and fans were wishing for a fast recovery after Fisher suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last Friday.  Best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, the brazen and gifted actress and author upheld an active social voice on Twitter. Countless fans and dozens of celebrities expressed their condolences on the platform upon hearing the sad news. SEE ALSO: A life in the stars: Carrie Fisher in pictures The wide range of heartfelt responses after the news of Fisher's death only proves she was a strong force who left a huge impact on the entire world.  no words #Devastated pic.twitter.com/R9Xo7IBKmh — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016 She loved to give one the oddest and most randomly silly presents. These are the last three things she gave me. #CarrieFisher pic.twitter.com/qmI7YWqlZ6 — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016 I thought I had got what I wanted ...
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A Latina By Any Other Name
Huffington Post - 3 months
A Latina by any other name would still be a Latina. That means a Latina with the last name O'Briant which sure sounds Irish can still be a Latina. Confused? A short history of names might help: My maternal grandmother was a Sandoval who married a Gallegos. My mother married the O'Briant. My olive-skinned mom proudly relinquished her father's Spanish surname because of the discrimination she'd experienced growing up. She also emphasized English in our home because in her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, her first language had been forbidden in the schools. For her, an Anglo last name was a step up, and she didn't want her children to experience the same prejudice she had endured. She took it a step further with me by trying to keep me out of the sun and by slathering a bleaching cream called Black/White all over me. Mom threw herself on the bed and wept the time my father brought me home from a day of fishing. I didn't have sunburn but an enviable tan people pay good money f ...
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Whoopi Goldberg under fire for saying right to celebrate Christmas is like right to abortion
Fox News - 3 months
Whoopi Goldberg found herself in trouble when she compared the right to celebrate Christmas to a woman's right to have an abortion.
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Candace Cameron Bure Is Quitting 'The View'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Candace Cameron Bure is leaving “The View.”  The 40-year-old co-host and “Fuller House” star had just returned from a long hiatus when she announced her departure on Thursday’s broadcast. “I’m very happy to be back, but … it’s a little bittersweet for me today, because I’m announcing that I will be leaving ‘The View,’” she said. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but before I started ‘The View,’ I had already had my commitments to ‘Fuller House’ and my work with the Hallmark Channel.” The mother of three cited the rigors of her filming schedule and bicoastal travel ― “Fuller House” films in Los Angeles while “The View” is taped in New York ― as the reason for her departure.  Bure joined the “The View” in 2015 as a co-host and quickly emerged as the strongest conservative voice on the panel. Her positions often led to heated arguments with her more progressive co-hosts, particularly on topics such as science, gay rights and racial prejudice.  Bure rose to fame ...
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Whoopi Goldberg set to produce crime drama with Bravo
Yahoo News - 4 months
With her term on "The View" coming to a close, Whoopi Goldberg has set her sights on a new project set in Harlem that centers on a crime boss who is reunited with her eldest son whom she thought was dead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goldberg is set to executive produce the modern-day drama, and is also in talks to star as the crime boss.
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Here's A Look At 'When We Rise,' ABC's New LGBTQ Rights Miniseries
Huffington Post - 4 months
The tension is high in the starry trailer for “When We Rise,” Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black’s hotly-anticipated dramatization of the LGBTQ rights movement across several decades.  The eight-hour, seven-episode ABC miniseries stars Guy Pearce as activist Cleve Jones and Mary Louise Parker as women’s rights champion Roma Guy. Also featured in the cast are Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare and David Hyde Pierce, among others.  “It’s been the honor of my life to research and craft these stories of family, diversity and equality over the past three years,” Black said. “To have collaborators of this caliber sign on to help bring these stories to life is a tremendous vote of confidence, and I hope a testament to the relevancy and necessity of our continued march toward justice for all.” The trailer’s release on Monday couldn’t feel more timely in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise ascension to the U.S. presidency, which has left the future of que ...
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Sharon Jones, Grammy-Nominated Soul Singer, Dead At 60
Huffington Post - 4 months
Sharon Jones, the Grammy-nominated soul and funk singer who led the Dap-Kings, died Friday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 60. We are deeply saddened to announce Sharon Jones passed away today. More details at https://t.co/MAag8tYrE3 — Sharon Jones (@sharonjones) November 19, 2016 Jones “was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time,” a statement posted to the group’s website said.  Jones brought a fiery intensity to the sounds of R&B and soul that she grew up with in South Carolina. She realized as a child she was destined to become a singer after performing in her church Christmas play. “I knew that I was going to be a singer. God had blessed me with a gift,” Jones told NPR’s Terry Gross in July.  Jones sharpened her chops during the 1970s by singing with church and wedding ensembles, which helped pay her bills, but didn’t elevate her in the industry. ...
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Bridge of Words
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Esther Schor On the muggy July afternoon when I visited the Okopowa Street Cemetery, the dead Jews who'd slept on while the Nazis packed their descendants into cattle cars bound for Treblinka were still asleep. After hours tracking the contours of the Ghetto behind a detachment of Israeli soldiers, I was relieved to be among the lush ferns, rusted grilles, and mossy stones. Here and there, tipped and broken monuments had settled where they'd fallen among yellow wallflowers. In other sections, weeded, swept, and immaculately tended, huge monuments incised with Hebrew characters bore a heavy load of sculpted fruits, animals, priestly hands, and the tools of trades. The stones were cool to the touch, amid a musky odor of rotting leaves. Among the largest monuments in the cemetery—the baroque monument to the actor Ester Rachel Kamińska; the porphyry stone of writer I. L. Peretz; the ponderous granite tomb of Adam Czerniaków, who after pleading in vain for the lives of the Ghetto's ...
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Trump campaign manager challenges Hillary Clinton's 'woman card' - Washington Times
Google News - 5 months
Washington Times Trump campaign manager challenges Hillary Clinton's 'woman card' Washington Times Kellyanne Conway, new campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ** FILE ** more >. 0. Share. 0. Tweet. 0. Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg Call Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway 'Delusional' as She Appears on 'The ...Us Weekly Conway: Clinton's 'scandalabra' catching up with herWashington Examiner (blog) The View Confronts Kellyanne Conway: You Sound DelusionalDaily Beast Entertainment Weekly -Raw Story -PerezHilton.com -Mediaite all 29 news articles »
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Whoopi Goldberg Plays Fashion Designer (for Real)
NYTimes - 5 months
A new line of “ugly Christmas sweaters” by the entertainer is debuting on Tuesday. “They make me happy,” she said.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Whoopi Goldberg
  • 2016
    Age 60
    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.
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  • 2015
    Age 59
    In 2015, Goldberg's brother Clyde died of a brain aneurysm.
    More Details Hide Details Goldberg has stated that she was a "high functioning" drug addict years ago, at one point being too terrified to even leave her bed to go use the toilet. She states that she smoked marijuana before accepting the Best Supporting Actress award for Ghost in 1991. Goldberg has dyslexia.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She went to a local Catholic school, St Columba's, when she was younger. Her more recent forebears migrated north from Faceville, Georgia, Palatka, Florida, and Virginia. She dropped out of Washington Irving High School. She has stated that her stage forename ("Whoopi") was taken from a whoopee cushion; "If you get a little gassy, you've got to let it go. So people used to say to me, 'You're like a whoopee cushion.' And that's where the name came from." The name Goldberg is an alternative family name that she says she chose to use to be taken more seriously. According to an anecdote told by Nichelle Nichols in Trekkies (1997), a young Goldberg was watching Star Trek, and upon seeing Nichols's character Uhura, exclaimed, "Momma! There's a black lady on TV and she ain't no maid!" This spawned lifelong fandom of Star Trek for Goldberg, who would eventually ask for and receive a recurring guest-starring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • 2014
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Goldberg returned to television, starring in Whoopi, which was canceled after one season. On her 46th birthday, Goldberg was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Goldberg also appeared alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in the HBO documentary Unchained Memories (2003), narrating slave narratives. During the next two years, she became a spokeswoman for Slim Fast and produced two television series: Lifetime's original drama Strong Medicine that ran for six seasons and Whoopi's Littleburg, a Nickelodeon show for younger children. Goldberg made guest appearances on Everybody Hates Chris as an elderly character named Louise Clarkson. She produced the Noggin sitcom Just for Kicks in early 2006. On September 4, 2007, Goldberg became the new moderator and co-host of The View, replacing Rosie O'Donnell, who supported the choice. Goldberg's debut as moderator drew 3.4 million viewers, 1 million fewer than O'Donnell's debut ratings. However, after 2 weeks, The View was averaging 3.5 million total viewers under Goldberg, a 7% increase from 3.3 million under O'Donnell the previous season.
  • 2012
    Age 56
    On an episode of The View that aired on May 9, 2012, Goldberg stated she is a member of the National Rifle Association.
    More Details Hide Details Goldberg is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Goldberg serves on the national council advisory board of the National Museum of American Illustration. Goldberg is co-founder of Whoopi & Maya, a company that makes medical marijuana products for women seeking relief from menstrual cramps. Goldberg says she was inspired to go into business by "a lifetime of difficult periods and the fact that cannabis was literally the only thing that gave me relief". The company was launched in April 2016.
    In 2012, Goldberg guest starred as Jane Marsh, Sue Heck's guidance counselor in The Middle.
    More Details Hide Details She currently voices the Magic Mirror on Disney XD's The 7D.
  • 2011
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details And I'm justI don't have that commitment. I'm committed to my family." When Goldberg was a teen she and first husband Martin had a daughter, Alexandrea Martin, who also became an actress and producer. Through her daughter, Goldberg has three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
  • 2010
    Age 54
    She left London at the time, where she had been performing in Sister Act the Musical, but returned to perform on October 22, 2010.
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    On August 29, 2010, Goldberg's mother Emma Johnson died after suffering a stroke.
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    Goldberg made her West End debut as the Mother Superior in a musical version of Sister Act for a limited engagement set for August 10–31, 2010, but prematurely left the cast on August 27 to be with her family; her mother had suffered from a severe stroke.
    More Details Hide Details However, she later returned to the cast for five performances. The show closed on October 30, 2010. Goldberg had a recurring role in the TV series Glee as Carmen Tibideaux, a renowned Broadway performer and opera singer and the newly appointed Dean of Vocal Performance and Song Interpretation at the fictional "NYADA" (New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts), a highly competitive performing arts college. The character appeared in six episodes over 3 seasons (2012–14).
    In July 2010, the Ride of Fame honored Goldberg with a double decker tour bus in New York City for her life's achievements.
    More Details Hide Details It was reported that Goldberg's salary for the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit was $7 to 12 million, the highest ever paid for an actress at the time.
    On April 1, 2010, Goldberg joined Cyndi Lauper in the launch of her Give a Damn campaign to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the LGBT community.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she attended the Life Ball in Austria.
  • 2009
    Age 53
    On December 18 through 20, 2009, Goldberg performed in the Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
    More Details Hide Details She was given a standing ovation during her final performance for her reading of the Christmas story and her tribute to the guest choirs performing in the show with her. She made a guest appearance in Michael Jackson's short film for the single "Liberian Girl", as well as an appearance on the seventh season of the cooking reality show Hell's Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, as a special guest where she was served by the contestants.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    Before the episode premiered, on February 18, 2008, the band performed on The View and the band members were interviewed by Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.
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    On December 13, 2008, she guest starred on The Naked Brothers Band, a Nickelodeon rock- mockumentary television show.
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    Goldberg is an advocate for human rights, moderating a panel at the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit on how social networks can be used to fight violent extremism in 2008, and also moderating a panel at the UN in 2009 on human rights, children and armed conflict, terrorism, human rights and reconciliation.
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    She gave a short message at the beginning of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 wishing all the participants good luck, and stressing the importance of UNICEF, the official charity of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
    More Details Hide Details Since its launch in 2008, Goldberg has been a contributor for wowOwow.com, a new website for women to talk culture, politics and gossip.
    On November 13, 2008, Goldberg's birthday, she announced live on The View that she would be producing, along with Stage Entertainment, the premiere of Sister Act: The Musical at the London Palladium.
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    On July 14, 2008, Goldberg announced on The View that from July 29 to September 7, she would perform in the Broadway musical Xanadu.
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  • 2007
    Age 51
    In October 2007, Goldberg announced on the air that she would be retiring from acting because she is no longer sent scripts, saying, "You know, there's no room for the very talented Whoopi.
    More Details Hide Details There's no room right now in the marketplace of cinema".
  • 2006
    Age 50
    From August 2006 to March 2008, Goldberg hosted Wake Up with Whoopi, a nationally syndicated morning radio talk and entertainment program.
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  • 2004
    Age 48
    Goldberg was involved in controversy in July 2004 when, at a fundraiser for John Kerry at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Goldberg made a sexual joke about President George W. Bush by waving a bottle of wine, pointing toward her pubic area and saying: "We should keep Bush where he belongs, and not in the White House."
    More Details Hide Details Slim-Fast took exception to these comments made by Goldberg and dropped her from their then-current ad campaign.
  • 2003
    Age 47
    Along with her many contributions to film and television and her major impact on this industry, Whoopi Goldberg was a main narrator for HBO's 2003 film Unchained Memories.
    More Details Hide Details She made a guest appearance on the hit television show 30 Rock, in which she played herself. She is shown as endorsing her own workout video. In Season 4 of the show, she counsels Tracy Jordan on winning the "EGOT", the coveted combination of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards.
  • 2002
    Age 46
    In February 2002, Goldberg sent her Oscar statuette from Ghost to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be cleaned and replated.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, the statuette was taken from its shipping container, and later retrieved by the shipping company, UPS. In 1990, Goldberg was officially named an honorary member of the Harlem Globetrotters exhibition basketball team by the members. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for outstanding achievement by a dyslexic in 1987.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    Goldberg hosted the 2001 documentary short, The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2006, Goldberg became the main host of the Universal Studios Hollywood Backlot Tour, in which she appears multiple times in video clips shown to the guests on monitors placed on the trams.
    In 2001, Goldberg hosted the 50th Anniversary of I Love Lucy.
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  • 2000
    Age 44
    Goldberg performed the role of Califia, the radiant Queen of the Island of California, for a theater presentation called Golden Dreams at Disney California Adventure Park, the second gate at the Disneyland Resort, in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details The show, which explains the history of the Golden State (California), opened on February 8, 2001, with the rest of the park. Golden Dreams closed in September 2008 to make way for the upcoming Little Mermaid ride planned for DCA.
    During the filming of Eddie, Goldberg began dating co-star Frank Langella, a relationship that lasted until early 2000.
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  • 1998
    Age 42
    In 1998, she gained a new audience when she became the "Center Square" on Hollywood Squares, hosted by Tom Bergeron.
    More Details Hide Details She also served as executive producer, for which she was nominated for four Emmy Awards. She left the series in 2002, and the "Center Square" was filled in with celebrities for the last two on-air seasons without Goldberg.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in the ABC-TV versions of Cinderella, A Knight in Camelot, and Call Me Claus.
  • 1997
    Age 41
    In October 1997, Goldberg and ghostwriter Daniel Paisner cowrote Book, a collection featuring insights and opinions.
    More Details Hide Details In November and December 2005, Goldberg revived her one-woman show on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in honor of its 20th anniversary.
  • 1996
    Age 40
    Goldberg starred in four motion pictures in 1996: Bogus (with Gérard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment), Eddie, The Associate (with Dianne Wiest), and Ghosts of Mississippi (with Alec Baldwin and James Woods).
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    She hosted the awards show again in 1996, 1999 and 2002.
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  • 1994
    Age 38
    She became the first African-American woman to host the Academy Awards show in 1994, and the first woman to solo host.
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    From 1994 to 1995, Goldberg appeared in Corrina, Corrina, The Lion King (voice), The Pagemaster (voice), Boys on the Side, and Moonlight and Valentino.
    More Details Hide Details Goldberg guest starred on Muppets Tonight in 1996.
  • 1993
    Age 37
    She was romantically linked with actors Frank Langella, Timothy Dalton, and Ted Danson, who controversially appeared in blackface during her 1993 Friars Club roast.
    More Details Hide Details She has stated that she has no future plans to marry again, commenting "Some people are not meant to be married and I am not meant to. I’m sure it is wonderful for lots of people."
  • 1990
    Age 34
    She played a psychic in the 1990 film Ghost, and became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in nearly 50 years, and the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting (the first being Hattie McDaniel, for 1939's Gone with the Wind).
    More Details Hide Details Premiere named her character Oda Mae Brown in its list of Top 100 best film characters. Goldberg starred in Soapdish (1991) and had a recurring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Guinan, which she would reprise in two Star Trek films. On May 29, 1992, Sister Act was released. The motion picture grossed well over US $200 million and Goldberg was nominated for a Golden Globe. Next, she starred in Sarafina! During the next year, she hosted a late-night talk show titled The Whoopi Goldberg Show and starred in two more motion pictures: Made in America and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.
    In January 1990, Goldberg starred with Jean Stapleton in the situation comedy Bagdad Cafe.
    More Details Hide Details The show ran for two seasons on CBS. Simultaneously, Goldberg starred in The Long Walk Home, portraying a woman in the civil rights movement.
  • 1987
    Age 31
    Her high-profile support for LGBT rights and AIDS activism dates back to the 1987 March on Washington, in which she participated.
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  • 1985
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Goldberg is one of only three women to receive that award. For Ghost, she also won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1991. She won a Tony Award in 2002 as a producer of the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has won three People's Choice Awards. In 1999, she received the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vanguard Award for her continued work in supporting the gay and lesbian community. She has been nominated for five American Comedy Awards with two wins (Funniest Supporting Actress in 1991 for Ghost and Funniest Actress in 1993 for Sister Act). In 2001, she won the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center as well as the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. In 2009, Goldberg won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for her role on The View. She shared the award with her then co-hosts Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters.
  • 1984
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While on Broadway, Goldberg's performance caught the eye of director Steven Spielberg. He was about to direct the film The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker, and offered her a leading role. The Color Purple was released in late 1985 and was a critical and commercial success. It was later nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including a nomination for Goldberg as Best Actress. Goldberg starred in Penny Marshall's directorial debut Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) and began a relationship with David Claessen, a director of photography on the set; the couple married later that year. The film was a modest success, and during the next two years, three additional motion pictures featured Goldberg: Burglar (1987), Fatal Beauty (1987), and The Telephone (1988). Though these were not as successful as her prior motion pictures, Goldberg still garnered awards from the NAACP Image Awards. Goldberg and Claessen divorced after the poor box office performance of The Telephone, which Goldberg was under contract to star in. She tried unsuccessfully to sue the producers of the film. Clara's Heart did poorly at the box office, though her own performance was critically acclaimed. As the 1980s concluded, she participated in the numerous HBO specials of Comic Relief with fellow comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.
  • 1983
    Age 27
    Goldberg created The Spook Show, a one-woman show composed of different character monologues, in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Director Mike Nichols offered to take the show to Broadway.
  • 1982
    Age 26
    Goldberg trained under acting teacher Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York City. She first appeared onscreen in 1982 in Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away, an avant-garde ensemble feature by San Francisco filmmaker William Farley.
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  • 1979
    Age 23
    Between 1979-81, she lived in East Germany, working in a number of theater productions.
    More Details Hide Details During her travels, she would smuggle various items into the country for the artists she stayed with.
  • 1973
    Age 17
    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).
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  • 1955
    Most sources give her birth year as 1955.
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