Whoopi Goldberg Biography

Birthday: 1955-11-13
Place of Birth: New York City, New York USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: Whoopi Goldberg was born in the Chelsea section of Manhattan in 1955 as Caryn Elaine Johnson. 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. Whoopi 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). Goldberg 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) and jumped at the opportunity to star in "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 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 didn't 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 TV 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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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Comic Relief 1986 Comedy
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Gaia 1990 - 1996 Animation
The Player Detective Avery 1992 Comedy
The Whoopi Goldberg Show 1992 Talk Show
The View 1997 Talk Show
Foxbusters 1999 Animation
Celebrity Dish 2000
Whoopi Mavis Rae 2003 - 2004
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa 2008 Comedy
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America Herself 2009 Family
Planet Ant Gaia 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Burglar Bernice Rhodenbarr 1957 Comedy
The Rat Race Vera Baker 1960 Biography, 0
The Color Purple Celie Johnson 1985 Drama
Jumpin' Jack Flash Terry Doolittle 1986
Fatal Beauty Rita Rizzoli 1987 0, 0, Game Show
Burglar Bernice Rhodenbarr 1987 Comedy
Clara's Heart Clara Mayfield 1988
The Telephone Vashti Blue 1988 0
Beverly Hills Brats 1989 Comedy
Homer and Eddie Eddie Cervi 1989 Comedy, Crime, Drama
The Long Walk Home Odessa Cotter 1989
Soapdish Rose Schwartz 1991 Comedy, Romance
Sister Act Deloris Van Cartier 1992 0
The Player Detective Avery 1992 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Made in America Sarah Matthews 1993
Sarafina 1993 Drama, Musical
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Deloris Van Cartier 1993 Comedy, Music
The Lion King Shenzi 1994 0, 0, Drama
Naked in New York 1994 Comedy, Romance
The Pagemaster 1994 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Theodore Rex Katie Coltrane 1995 0, Sport, 0, 0
Boys on the Side 1995 Comedy, Drama
Moonlight and Valentino 1995 Drama, Romance, Comedy
Eddie Edwina "Eddie" Franklin 1996
The Celluloid Closet 1996 Documentary, History
The Associate Laurel Ayres 1996 Comedy
Ghosts of Mississippi Myrlie Evers 1996 Drama
In the Gloaming 1997 Drama
The Rugrats Movie 1998 0, 0, Drama
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Delilah Abraham 1998 Romance, Drama
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Stormella - The Evil Ice Queen 1998 Animation, Adventure, Family
A Knight in Camelot Dr. Vivien Morgan 1998 Comedy, Sci Fi, Adventure
Our Friend, Martin 1999
Girl, Interrupted Valerie Owens, RN 1999
The Deep End of the Ocean Candy Bliss 1999 0
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns The Grand Banshee 1999 Adventure, Comedy, Family
More Dogs Than Bones Cleo 2000 Comedy, Drama
Rat Race Vera Baker 2001 0
Monkeybone Death 2001 Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Searching for Debra Winger 2002 Documentary
Good Fences 2003 Comedy, Drama
Bitter Jester 2003
Pinocchio 3000 Cyberina 2004 Animation, Family, Sci Fi
Doogal Ermintrude 2006 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Homie Spumoni Thelma 2006 Comedy
Everyone's Hero Darlin' 2006
Snow Buddies 2008 0
Kambakkht Ishq 2009 0, 0
For Colored Girls Alice / White 2010 Drama
The Little Engine That Could Tower 2011 Animation, Family
A Little Bit of Heaven God 2012 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bernadette Thompson 2014 Action, Adventure, Comedy
TCB Baby Dr. Reynolds 2015 Comedy
Black Dog, Red Dog Calliope 2015 Drama
Na Nai'a: Legend of the Dolphins Narrator 2015 Fantasy