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Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. 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. 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). She 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) series and jumped at the opportunity to star in "Star Trek: The 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 it 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 did not 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 television 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".  See full bio on IMDb »

Whoopi Goldberg -- I'll Do Sarah Palin or a Dude ... As New 'View' Co-Host

Whoopi Goldberg
I'll Do Sarah Palin Or a Dude As My New 'View' Co-Host

Outside of Rosie O'Donnell ... Whoopi Goldberg has no idea who will be sitting next to her next season on "The View" -- and even though she's the sole survivor, she insists she has ZERO input… READ MORE >

Rosie O'Donnell Officially Joining 'The View' Again

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- 1418 days ago
Firing Massacre at 'The View'

'The View'
Firing Massacre

"The View" is cleaning house.  Network sources tell us the cast has been fired... except for Whoopi Goldberg.  Our sources say there was a meeting at ABC late Thursday afternoon and… READ MORE >

- 1430 days ago
Whoopi Goldberg -- Ridiculous Lawsuit Claims She Kept Guy in Unemployment Line

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Ridiculous Lawsuit Claims She Kept a Guy in Unemployment Line

Whoopi Goldberg is being sued for more than $5 million by a guy who claims she schemed with a NY charity to sabotage his chances of getting a job ... even though he's a Black man with a college… READ MORE >

- 1432 days ago
Mike Tyson -- I Forgive Justin Bieber ... 'Everyone Makes Mistakes'

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- 1451 days ago
Whoopi Goldberg to Sharon Osbourne -- Your Insults Don't Bother Me!!

Whoopi Goldberg
to Sharon Osbourne: Your Insults Don't Bother Me!!

Whoopi Goldberg says she doesn't give a DAMN if Sharon Osbourne was talking smack about her show ... telling TMZ Osbourne isn't the first hater ... and she probably won't be the last. Osbourne… READ MORE >

- 1655 days ago
Sharon Osbourne -- I'm Sorry I RIPPED 'The View' ... 'I'm Not Well'

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Sharon Osbourne says she feels TERRIBLE for telling the women of "The View" to go F-themselves ... and today she begged and pleaded for their forgiveness. TMZ broke the story ... Sharon blasted… READ MORE >

- 1661 days ago
Whoopi Goldberg on Hurricane Sandy -- 'I'm Just Trying to Get My S**t Rebuilt'

Whoopi on Hurricane
'I'm Just Trying to Get My S**t Rebuilt'

Like most east-coasters, Whoopi Goldberg is trying to rebuild her life after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy ... but yesterday ... she was more concerned about the well-being of OUR CAMERA… READ MORE >

- 2020 days ago
Whoopi Goldberg Rips LOUD Fart on 'The View'

Whoopi Goldberg
Rips LOUD Fart on 'The View'

Whoopi "Cushion" Goldberg strikes again -- tearing ass this morning on "The View" so loudly ... she nearly put a hole in her seat.Whoop doesn't even attempt to hide it either, claiming, "Excuse… READ MORE >

- 2353 days ago
Whoopi Goldberg -- I Farted On 'The View'

Whoopi Goldberg -- I Farted On 'The View'

Something stinks on "The View" ... and it's Whoopi "Cushion" Goldberg. The ladies were hanging with Dr. Oz yesterday ... when he asked if any of the women had tore some ass during the segment.… READ MORE >

- 2556 days ago
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