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Whoopi Goldberg Biography, Age, Family, Education, Career, Net Worth
Who is Whoopi Goldberg?
Whoopi Goldberg is an American professional actor, comedian author, and television personality. She is a receiver of numerous accolades. Whoopi is one of 16 entertainers to win the Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award (EGOT).
She started her career in 1983 with her one-woman show, Spook Show. The show transferred to Broadway under the title Whoopi Goldberg from 1984 to 1985. After recording the show she won Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Her film success came in 1985 in The Color Purple film. Steven Spielberg directed the film. Whoopi played a role as Celie who was a mistreated woman in the Deep South. For the role she won Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. In 1990 the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a second Golden Globe Award after her performance in the Ghost movie. In the film, she played the role of eccentric psychic. Whoopi became the most paid actress after she starred in the comedy Sister Act and its follow-up Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit in 1993.
She starred in the Broadway revivals of Stephen Sondheim’s musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on stage. Whoopi was awarded a Tony Award as a producer of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. She took the role of Guinan in the science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation on television. Whoopi has won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in the daytime show The View. She has hosted the Academy Awards ceremony four times.
How Old is Whoopi Goldberg?
She is 66 years old. Having been born on November 13, 1955, in New York City, U.S, she shares her birthday with celebrities like Joe Mantegna, Michael Copon, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ian Botham among others.
Whoopi Goldberg Family
Who are Whoopi Goldberg’s parents?
She is the daughter of Robert James Johnson who served as clergy and Emma Johnson who was a teacher and a nurse.
Whoopi’s mother raised her after her father abandoned the family.
Whoopi Goldberg siblings?
She has a brother known as Clyde who died of a brain aneurysm.
Whoopi Goldberg’s Education
She attended a local Catholic school, St Columba’s.
Whoopi Goldberg’s Husband
Her marriage relationship never worked.
From 1973 until 1979, she married Alvin Martin, From 1986 to 1988, she married David Claessen and from 1994 until 1995, she married Lyle Trachtenberg.
Whoopi Goldberg Children – Kids
She has a daughter known as Alex Martin.
Whoopi Goldberg career
Goldberg The Spook Show
Uta Hagen trained Whoopi at the HB Studio in New York City. In 1982 she appeared on screen in Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away for the first time. The film was directed by William Farley a San Francisco filmmaker. In 1983 Whoopi created The Spook Show. The show was a one-woman show which involved different character monologues. Director Mike Nichols discovered Whoopi and helped her the show to Broadway. It was renamed, Whoopi Goldberg. The show ran from October 24, 1984, to March 10, 1985. During the show run, it was tapped and broadcasted by HBO as Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway in 1985.
Whoopi attracted Steven Spielberg during her performance on Broadway. After she played in The Belly Room at The Comedy Store Steven gave her the lead role in his film The Color Purple. The film is based on the novel by Alice Walker. The Colour Purple was released at the end of 1985. Rodger Ebert a film critic recommended Whoopi’s performance as one of the best debut performances in movie history. The movie nominated for 11 Academy Awards such as a nomination for Goldberg as Best Actress.
Whoopi Goldberg Films (1985 to 1988)
From 1985 to 1988 Whoopi was the busiest female actress by making seven films. In 1986 she played in Penny Marshall’s directorial debut Jumpin’ Jack Flash. The movie was at its best in the next two years. She features Burglar and Fatal Beauty. The films garnered awards from the NAACP Image Awards. Whoopi and her husband divorced after the poor box performance of The Telephone in which she was pledged to perform. She tried to plead with the film’s producers with no success. In 1988 Clara’s hearts did imperfectly at the box office though Whoopi’s performance was highly acclaimed. Whoopi and her fellow comedians Robin Williams, Billy Crysta hosted numerous HBO specials of Comic Relief in the late 1980s.
Whoopi Goldberg Grossed Films
Goldberg acted in the Tyler Perry movie For Colored Girls in 2010. The movie also cast Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, and Macy Gray. The movie received good remarks from critics and earned over $38million worldwide. She also voiced Stretch in the Disney/Pixar animated movie Toy Story 3. The film got critical remarks and earned $1.067 billion.
She played a role as Carmen Tibideaux on the television series Glee during is the third and fourth seasons. Whoopi was an acclaimed Broadway actor and opera singer. She was also the dean at a fictional performing arts college NYADA (New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts).
Whoopi Goldberg Strut
Goldberg had a cameo in The Muppets in 2011 and also acted as Jane Marsh pleading Heck’s guidance counselor on The Middle in 2012. Goldberg vocalized the Magic Mirror on Disney XD’s The 7D.In 2014 she played a role in the superhero movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Whoopi also starred in Chris Rock’s Top Five and in the Big Stone Gap a romantic comedy film.
She executive produced a reality television series named Strut in 2016. The show is based on transgender models from the modeling agency Slay Model Management in Los Angeles. The series is voiced on Oxygen. Goldberg vocalized the Sea Witch and Uma’s mother in the television movie Descendants 2.
In 2018 she acted in the Tyler Perry film Nobody’s Fool. Tiffany Haddish, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley, and Tika Sumpter also starred in the movie. Whoopi alongside Tessa Thompson, Melissa Leo, and Anna Paquin acted in the comedy-drama film Furlough the same year.
Whoopi Goldberg The View
On January 22, 2020, Patrick Stewart invited Goldberg to The View show. Stewart asked Whoopi to repeat her character as Guinan during the second season of Star Trek: Picard. Whoopi at once accepted the offer. She also starred in The Stand, a CBS All Access miniseries. The video is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Stephen King. She plays the role of Mother Abagail, a 108-year-old woman. An announcement was made in 2020 that Whoopi was ready to return in Sister Act 3 . The film was produced by Tyler Perry. Goldberg starred in the biographical film Till which is written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu.
Whoopi Goldberg Height/Measurements
She stands at a height of 1.65m and weighs 84kg.
Whoopi Goldberg Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $60 million.
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