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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

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Famous as :

Actress

Birth Name :

Caryn Elaine Johnson

Birth Date :

November 13, 1955

Birth Place :

New York City, New York, USA

Spouse :

Alvin Martin (1973 - 1979), David Claessen (1-Sep-86 - Oct 1988), Lyle Trachtenberg (1-Oct-94 - Oct 1995)

Claim to fame :

As Celie in "The Color Purple" (1985)

Biography


A brilliant actress who is able to illuminate the screen every time she shows up, be it comedy or drama, Whoopi Goldberg has assiduously compiled more than good acting resume to really shine out as a truly unique and visible talent in Hollywood. Originally named Caryn Elaine Johnson, she was raised solely by her mother, Emma Johnson, in the Manhattan's Chelsea housing projects following the departure of her father, Robert James Johnson, shortly after she was born on November 13, 1955 in New York City. The star began her involvement in acting early, developing her skills since the age of 8 at Hudson Guild Community Center and the Helena Rubinstein Children's Theatre as she drew inspiration from Nichelle Nichols who played Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original “Star Trek” series. Later fixed her mind to pursue a career in the field rather than finished her study at New York's Washington Irving High School, she subsequently concluded to drop out from the institution to then boldly head for California with hopes to encounter better opportunity there.

First landed her feet in San Diego, California Whoopi's decision thankfully did not prove in vain for she quickly managed to join an improvisational theater group called Spontaneous Combustion while helped establishing the San Diego Repertory Theater which gave her chance to taste onstage experience through its productions of “Mother Courage” plus “Getting Out” among others. Much to be noticed from this period was it was during the time that she began to use her stage name of Whoopi Goldberg after changing it from Whoopi Cushion upon her mother's suggestion, drawing the first one from her condition of being overly flatulent and the last from Jewish side of her family. With this unusual moniker, the aspiring actress optimistically worked on her path to finally join Blake Street Hawkeyes Theatre in Berkeley where she smoothly made her way to build a reputation as a glowing stand-up comedienne which thus gave her enough confidence to create her own one-woman satirical performance piece called “The Spook Show” in 1983.

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Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal Remember Robin Williams on 'The View'

September 20, 2014 05:01:02 GMT

held back her tears when recalled moments he shared with their close friend during an appearance on her show "". During the Friday, September 19 appearance to promote his book "Still Foolin' 'em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?", Crystal talked about stories of their dear friend who committed suicide last month.
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'The View' to Reunite Past and Present Co-Hosts for Barbara Walters

April 17, 2014 01:57:37 GMT

There will be a big reunion on "". The talk show is bringing back the ladies, all past and present, to the Thursday, May 15 episode which is part of a week-long farewell to .
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Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, and Toni Collette Among Juries for 2014 Tribeca Film Fest

April 09, 2014 02:57:01 GMT

Tribeca Film Festival co-founded by actor announces juries for its upcoming 13th event which will run from April 16-27 in NYC. Actresses and as well as actor are among the judges who will hand out awards in seven different competitive categories.
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Whoopi Goldberg Becomes a Great-Grandmother

March 18, 2014 08:59:00 GMT

is now a great-grandmother. The 58-year-old actress' granddaughter Amarah Dean, 25, gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday, March 15. Dean names her newborn daughter Charlie Rose.
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Chelsea Handler's Oscars Tweets on Lupita Nyong'o, '12 Years a Slave' Deemed Racist

March 04, 2014 00:29:39 GMT

is under fire for posting several racially charged tweets during the 86th Academy Awards. The comedienne became the guest tweeter for The Huffington Post on Sunday, March 2 and she may have gone too far with some of her comments.
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Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg Added to Kelly Clarkson's NBC Christmas Special

November 21, 2013 02:05:49 GMT

More celebrities will lend their star power to 's Christmas special on NBC. , as well as have just been added to the cast line-up of "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale".
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Whoopi Goldberg Cast on 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland'

October 24, 2013 02:39:16 GMT

lands a role on "". The Emmy and Oscar-winning actress, who currently serves as moderator and co-host on "", has been tapped to lend her voice to White Rabbit's wife.
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Andy Griffith Laid to Rest, Fellow Stars Paying Tribute on Twitter

July 04, 2012 01:41:38 GMT

Less than five hours after it was announced that passed away, the late actor was buried on Roanoke Island, North Carolina where he resided. "It had been planned for some time," a funeral spokesperson said. "This was the wish of his family."
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Video: Jimmy Fallon's New 'Downton Abbey' Spoof Features Whoopi Goldberg

May 26, 2012 03:05:55 GMT

has dropped the second installment of his "" spoof during "" on Thursday night, May 24. It continues the story revolving around the Earl of Downtown Sixbey, who has appointed Questlove as the new heir to his property after the original heir, Carson Daly, got into an accident.
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'Glee' 3.18 Preview: Rachel and Kurt Audition for Whoopi Goldberg

April 25, 2012 02:09:50 GMT

Rachel and Kurt's big day is coming in the next episode of "" as they finally get to audition for NYADA. The two are gearing up for what they have prepared, but their nerves are rattled when they find out they will be performing for the dean, Carmen Tibideaux, portrayed by .
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'Total Recall' Debuts Action-Packed Trailer Preview

March 28, 2012 01:39:33 GMT

"" has introduced a preview for its first trailer, which will be released during the NBA game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat on Sunday, April 1. Without featuring any dialogue, the snippet offers glimpses at some action-packed footage, including the ones that see aiming a gun and riding a flying car.
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Lindsay Lohan and Whoopi Goldberg Land 'Glee' Roles

March 28, 2012 01:29:09 GMT

"" will welcome and before the end of season 3. The April Booth of "" is said to be in final negotiations to guest star in one of this season's final episodes, while the "Sister Act" actress has signed on for "an extremely pivotal" multi-episode arc.
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ABC: Whoopi Goldberg Farting on 'The View' Was a Joke

December 17, 2011 01:42:05 GMT

apparently isn't hesitant to embarrass herself to stir things up. The co-host of "" admitted to have ripped major fart on the daytime talk show, but ABC later claimed she was just kidding. "It was a joke. Every time there is a fun noise she pretends it was her," so the network's executives tell The Huffington Post.
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Whoopi Goldberg's Role Model Frustrations

April 14, 2011 11:20:26 GMT

admits she's angry about the number of leaked private videos showing stars in compromising positions, as she's adamant celebrities should be allowed to behave however they deem fit behind closed doors.
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Whoopi Goldberg Never Loved Her Husbands

April 14, 2011 08:34:10 GMT

"Ghost" star split from first husband Alvin Martin in 1979 after six years of marriage and went on to wed David Claessen in 1986. That union lasted two years and she later exchanged vows with Lyle Trachtenberg in 1994, before the pair divorced just a year later.
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Miley Cyrus' Mother Says Family Is 'Stronger' Than Ever

March 22, 2011 09:08:19 GMT

' mother Tish has spoken out for the first time since her reconciliation with , insisting the showbiz family is "stronger than we have ever been". The "Achy Breaky Heart" singer filed for divorce back in October 2010 and went on to blame the success of his daughter's Disney show "" for ruining his 17-year marriage and "destroying" his family.
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Wyclef Jean Hits Back at Made-Up Shoot Story Allegations

March 22, 2011 08:53:15 GMT

Rapper has hit out at allegations suggesting he fabricated the story of his shooting in Haiti, accusing critics of spreading false rumors to purposely discredit him. The former star was traveling through the city of Delmas, near Port-au-Prince, on Saturday night, March 19 when his car came under attack. He suffered a minor injury to his hand and was taken to hospital for treatment.
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Eddie Murphy to Get Trophy From First Time Comedy Awards

March 22, 2011 08:51:36 GMT

Comedian-turned-movie star is to be the recipient of the Comedy Icon Award at the inaugural Comedy Awards. The star will be feted by , John Stewart, and "" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, among others, at the event next month.
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Solange Knowles Demands Celebrities to Download Single for Water Campaign

March 22, 2011 08:23:16 GMT

Singer has been bombarding her celebrity pals with emails urging them to download her new single to raise money for clean water access in Africa. The star has teamed up with rocker Chris Taylor and musician Twin Shadow for the "donate to download" track Kenya, with all proceeds benefiting the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN).
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Jake Gyllenhaal Leads School Fruit and Vegetables Campaign

March 22, 2011 07:52:18 GMT

is spearheading a new campaign to prompt America's public schools to grow their own fruit and vegetables. The "" star, who has carved a reputation as one of Hollywood's top chefs, has become a spokesman for the organization Edible Schoolyard.
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Billy Ray Cyrus Writes a Movie Script for Whoopi Goldberg

March 22, 2011 06:55:50 GMT

Country star and actor has written a movie script for a project he wants to star in. The "Achy Breaky Heart" hitmaker announced he had called off his divorce from wife Tish on Goldberg's TV talk show "" on Friday, March 18, and in an unaired segment, he pitched a movie idea to the "Ghost" actress.
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Whoopi Goldberg Unimpressed With James Franco and Anne Hathaway at the Oscars

March 01, 2011 06:02:14 GMT

Four-time Oscars host was not impressed with and 's presentation of this year's Academy Awards - because they seemed to be out of place.
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Whoopi Goldberg Slams NY Times for 'Erasing' Her From Oscar Winner List

February 15, 2011 05:57:04 GMT

has slammed reporters at the New York Times for their "sloppy" journalism after they failed to mention the "Ghost" star's Oscar win in a factually inaccurate article about the lack of black honorees in Academy Awards history.
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Whoopi Goldberg Regrets Not Meeting Sammy Davis, Jr. for the Last Time

February 12, 2011 08:04:28 GMT

has one big regret in life - missing out on the chance to party with Hollywood icon Sammy Davis, Jr. days before he died following a battle with throat cancer.
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Whoopi Goldberg Furious Over the New Smoking Ban

February 04, 2011 06:27:19 GMT

has launched a blistering attack on authorities in New York after council members voted in favor of extending the city's public smoking ban to all parks, plazas and beaches across the city.
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Whoopi Goldberg Made Shocking Confession as Drug Addict

February 03, 2011 04:19:50 GMT

shocked U.S. TV viewers on Wednesday, February 2 morning when she opened up about the disturbing moment that convinced her to quit drugs at the height of her addiction. The Oscar winner, who skyrocketed to fame after her starring role in 1985 film "The Color Purple", insists she was a "fully functioning" addict who fooled movie bosses so she could continue to work and fund her habit.
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Whoopi Goldberg Calls Her 'Colored Girls' Character 'Insane'

October 25, 2010 07:57:42 GMT

was so disturbed by her "insanely sad" role in 's new drama ", she demanded no one on set call her by her character's name. The "Sister Act" star plays religious zealot Alice in the film, based on Ntozake Shange's award-winning play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf".
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'The View' Hosts Storm Out of Mosque Debate

October 15, 2010 05:00:10 GMT

stormed off the set of her U.S. TV talkshow on Thursday, October 14 after becoming infuriated during a heated debate over the planned 'Ground Zero Mosque' in New York. A discussion with conservative broadcaster Bill O'Reilly on "" spilled over when the controversial Fox News anchor argued against the Islamic center in downtown Manhattan.
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Whoopi Goldberg Got Panic Attack at Stand-Up Show

October 13, 2010 04:53:12 GMT

Comedienne almost cut short her stand-up show in New Jersey on Saturday, October 9 after suffering a panic attack moments into her set. The "Ghost" star performed at Atlantic City's Tropicana Casino last weekend, but found herself starting to hyperventilate for no reason when the time came for her to step onstage.
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Whoopi Goldberg Understands Why Mel Gibson Would Be Angry

October 02, 2010 03:40:23 GMT

admits she can empathize with in light of his recent personal problems - insisting she would be in trouble if anyone recorded her own foul-mouthed rants and leaked them to the media.
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