Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, author, comedian, and television personality. In her career, she has earned numerous accolades. She is one of 17 entertainers to win the EGOT, including a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. In 2001, Whoopi was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Whoopi began her career in 1983 on stage with her one-woman show, Spook Show, which ran from 1984 to 1985. Additionally, for the show’s recordings, she won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. In 1985, she debuted in the film as Celie, in the Deep South, in Steven Spielberg’s period drama film The Color Purple, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Further, in 1990, Whoopi was featured as an eccentric psychic in the romantic film Ghost; she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a 2nd Golden Globe Award. She then starred in Sister Act, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Clara’s Heart, Soapdish, Ghosts of Mississippi, and Till. She is also known for voicing roles in The Lion King and Toy Story 3.
On stage, Whoopi starred in the Broadway revival A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and also played Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Further, as a producer of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, she won a Tony Award. In 2011 Whoopi received her 3rd Tony Award nomination for the stage adaptation of Sister Act. On television, she portrayed Guinan in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1988 to 1993 and Star Trek: Picard in 2022. Since 2007, Whoopi has co-hosted the daytime talk show The View and has won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. In addition, she has hosted the Academy Awards ceremony 4 times.
Whoopi Goldberg Early Life:
|Full Real Name||Caryn Elaine Johnson|
|Profession||Actress, author, comedian, and television personality|
|Date Of Birth||November 13th, 1955|
|Age||67 years old|
|Year Of Birth||1955|
|Nick Name||Whoopi Goldberg, Da Whoop, Shuttle Head|
|Current Residence||New Jersey|
Whoopi was on 13th November 1955, in Manhattan, New York City. She was raised in Chelsea-Elliot Houses in New York City. She has African-American, Guinea-Bissau, Liberian, and Sierra Leonean ancestry.
In the 1970s, she moved to San Diego, California, and then to Berkeley. Whoopi has done several odd jobs as a waitress, a bank teller, a bricklayer, and a mortuary cosmetologist. Later, she joined a theater troupe Blake Street Hawkeyes; Whoopi also taught comedy and acting. She was also in several theater productions.
Whoopi, in 1978, witnessed a midair collision of two planes in San Diego, which caused her to develop a flying fear and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Whoopi Goldberg Family Background:
|Father||Robert James Johnson|
|Brothers||Clyde K. Johnson|
Whoopi, the daughter of Emma Johnson (1931–2010), a nurse and teacher, and Robert James Johnson Jr. (1930–1993), a Baptist clergyman. On 29th August 2010, Emma died after having a stroke.
A single mother raised Whoopi and her brother Clyde born in 1949; in 2015, Clyde died of a brain aneurysm.
Whoopi Goldberg Education:
|University||New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts|
|High School||St Columba\’s and Washington Irving High School|
Whoopi attended St Columba’s., a local Catholic school. Further, she enrolled at Washington Irving High School but later dropped out due to her poor academic performance, which was affected by dyslexia. Apart from this, she has also attended New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Whoopi Goldberg Physical Stats:
|Weight In Kg||78 kg|
|Height In Feet||5 ft 5 in|
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
Whoopi stands 5 ft 5 in tall and weighs around 78kg. She has an average build body, with naturally curly black colored hair, which turned grey due to age. Further, she has beautiful dark brown eyes. Whoopi’s distinctive features include her signature dreadlocks, deep husky voice, wire-rimmed sunglasses, light eyebrows, and a tattoo of Woodstock on her shoulders.
Whoopi Goldberg Birth Signs:
|Birth Sign Duality||Passive|
|Birth Sign Modality||Fixed|
According to Whoopi’s birthdate, she falls under the zodiac Scorpio. Currently, she is 67 years old. Further, her birth flower is Chrysanthemum, and her ruling planets are Pluto and Mars.
Whoopi Goldberg Net Worth:
|Net Worth||$60 million|
Whoopi’s estimated networth should be around $60 million. She mainly earns through actress, comedian, author, singer-songwriter, talk show host, and political activist. She enjoyed a highly-successful film career from the mid-1980s through the 1990s.
Whoopi Goldberg Relationship Status:
|Spouse Name||Alvin Martin, David Claessen and Lyle Trachtenberg|
|No Of Children||1|
Whoopi has been married 3 times. From 1973 to 1979, she was married to Alvin Martin, then from 1986 to 1988, she was married to a cinematographer David Claessen and from 1994 to 1995 to union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg. Whoopi has been romantically linked to actors like Ted Danson and Frank Langella.
About her children; in 1973, Whoopi gave birth to a daughter, Alexandrea Martin, an actress and producer. Further, Through her daughter, she has 3 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Whoopi Goldberg Career:
In 1974, Whoopi moved to California and lived in many cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. During this time, she honed her acting skills and developed her talent as a stand-up comedian. Her 1st shot as a comedian was Mos Mabley in a one-woman show. After that, Whoopi returned to New York and started her training at the HB Studio under acting coach Uta Hagen. In 1982, she 1st appeared on screen in ‘Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away.’ The following year, Whoopi starred, created, and directed the one-woman show, ‘The Spook Show.’ The show was based on the concept issue of race in America but in an innovative style; the audience liked the show.
After the success of ‘The Spook Show,’ she created other off-Broadway productions, including ‘Little Girl’ and ‘Fontaine.’ Her shows’ innovative presentation and style attracted director Mike Nicholas, who offered to take the show to Broadway. Further, the show ran for 156 performances and was commercially and critically successful.
Whoopi then got a role in the Steven Spielberg film, ‘The Color Purple,’ which was released in 1985. The movie gained 11 Academy Awards nominations and her 1st Golden Globe award. The following year, she was featured in ‘The Color Purple, ‘ which gave her a big breakthrough. It was followed by a few movies, including ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ ‘Fatal Beauty,’ ‘Burglar,’ and ‘Telephone.’
In 1988, Whoopi was featured in ‘Clara’s Heart’ and in 1989, ‘Homer & Eddie.’ Both films were critically successful. Other than films, she featured in HBO specials of Comic Relief.
Whoopi started the 1990 decade by starring in the Bagdad Cafe sitcom. Followed by ‘The Long Walk Home’ and ‘Ghost.’
Further, she starred in films like, ‘The Player,’ ‘Soapdish,’ ‘Made in America,’ ‘Sister Act,’ ‘Sarafina!’, and ‘Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit’. She was also cast as Guinan in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ which she reprised in 2 Star Trek movies.
Besides starring in the movies, she launched herself on television with a talk show, ‘The Whoopi Goldberg Show.’ The show format had her taking one-to-one interviews with Hollywood big-shots and political VIPs. The show consisted of 200 episodes before being terminated.
In 1994, Whoopi became the 1st African-American female to host the Academy Awards show. This was repeated in the years 1996, 1999, and 2002. Around this time, she was seen in several films like ‘Corrina, Corrina,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Boys on the Side,’ ‘Valentino,’ ‘The Associate’ and ‘Ghosts of Mississippi,’ ‘Bogus,’ ‘Eddie.’ Further, besides acting, she ventured into the book’s background and co-wrote a book along with ghostwriter Daniel Paisner; the title was ‘Book.’ It contained a collection of stories featuring opinions and insights.
In 1998, Whoopi’s appearance on the Hollywood Squares celebrity game show earned her 2 consecutive Emmy Awards. Further, between 1998 to 2001, she appeared in several supporting roles in ‘Girl,’ ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back,’ ‘Interrupted,’ ‘Rat Race’ and ‘Kingdom Come.’ Additionally, she appeared in television and film ventures, including ‘Cinderella,’ ‘The Magic Schoolbus,’ ‘Call Me Claus’ and ‘A Knight in Camelot.’ In 2004, she returned to Broadway and starred in a self-titled one-woman show.
In 2007, her career zoomed up again when she served as the co-host and moderator of a daytime talk show ‘The View.’ Meanwhile, from August 2006 to March 2008, Whoopi hosted ‘Wake Up With Whoopi’, a nationally syndicated entertainment program and a morning radio talk. In recent years, she has decreased her acting and has been an active human rights activist. Further, in 2010, she starred in the movie For Colored Girls, which grossed over $38 million worldwide. That same year, Whoopi voiced Stretch in Toy Story 3. The movie grossed $1.067 billion worldwide.
Whoopi had a recurring role as Carmen Tibideaux on the television series Glee during its 3rd and 4th seasons. In 2011, she had a cameo in The Muppets; the following year, she guest starred as Jane Marsh, a guidance counselor on The Middle. Further, she voiced the Magic Mirror on The 7D. In 2014, Whoopi portrayed a character in the superhero film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Then she appeared as herself in Top Five and starred in Big Stone Gap, a romantic comedy film.
In 2016, Whoopi executive produced a reality television series, Strut, which aired on Oxygen. The next year, in the TV movie Descendants 2, she voiced Ursula, the Sea Witch and Uma’s mother. In 2018, Whoopi starred in Tyler Perry’s film Nobody’s Fool, and that same year, she also starred in Furlough, a comedy-drama film. In 2019, she gave her voice to the Giant’s Wife in Into the Woods.
In 2020, Whoopi starred in The Stand, and in the same year, it was announced she was set to return in Sister Act 3 along with Tyler Perry producing. Further, she also starred in the biographical film Till, and the film debuted at the 60th New York Film Festival.
Whoopi Goldberg Social Appearance:
Whoopi has huge fan counting on all her profiles. On Instagram and Facebook, she has around 1.3M and 2M followers, respectively; on YouTube, she has around 33.4K subscribers.
Whoopi Goldberg Is Under Investigation For New Holocaust Eemarks
Whoopi Goldberg (67 years old) is facing fresh analysis for her remarks about the Holocaust after Whoopi previously drew a reaction for claiming the genocide was not “about race.”
On Saturday, an interview with Whoopi with the Sunday Times was published. She told the London-based newspaper that the Holocaust was not originally based on race. She added that they were not killing race; instead, they were killing people they considered mentally defective.
Sunday Times journalist Janice Turner pushed back, noting Whoopi that the race laws Nazi Germany officials implemented targeted Jewish people. When Janice reiterated that Nazis considered Jews a race, then Whoopi replied yes, but that’s the killer. She added that they’re Nazis and cannot be believed what they say.
Whoopi, during the interview, commented and promoted her new film “Till,” in which she plays a role of a civil rights activist, Mamie Till-Mobley’s mother.
Earlier this year, Whoopi was suspended by “The View” after making similar race and Holocaust comments. Although later, she apologized for those comments.
ABC suspended Whoopi for 2 weeks for her previous remarks, ANd ABC News president Kim Godwin said that she ordered Whoopi to reflect and learn about the impact that could happen after her comments. Kim added that ABC News supports our Jewish friends, colleagues, family, and communities.