Whoopi Goldberg

Actor, Celebrity

1955 –

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Who is Whoopi Goldberg?

Whoopi Goldberg is an American comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, author and talk show host. Some sources give her birth year as 1955, but according to the African-American Registry and a New York Times article from 1984, she was born in 1949. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away, her breakthrough role was playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in the Deep South in the period drama film The Color Purple.

She played Oda Mae Brown – a wacky psychic helping a slain man save his lover – in the romantic fantasy film Ghost for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Goldberg was the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an acting Oscar. She was co-producer of the television game show Hollywood Squares from 1998 to 2004. She has been the moderator of the daytime television talk show The View since 2007. Goldberg has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television. She is one of the few entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. In the 1990s, Goldberg was rumored to be the highest paid actress for her appearances in film.

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Born
Nov 13, 1955
Manhattan
Also known as
  • Caryn Elaine Johnson
  • Da Whoop
  • Whoopie Goldberg
  • ウーピー・ゴールドバーグ
  • Whoopi Cushion
  • Whoopi
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Atheist
Ethnicity
  • African American
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • HB Studio
  • Tisch School of the Arts
  • Washington Irving High School
Lived in
  • Manhattan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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