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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's Wondrous Toilet -- The Sing-a-Long

Whoopi's Wondrous Toilet -- The Sing-a-Long

Whoopi Goldberg's high-class kamode is so mind-blowingly amazing -- it's literally something to sing about ... and here's the proof!Check out TMZ on TV -- click here to see your local listings! READ MORE >

Whoopi: I Smoked WEED Before My Oscar Speech!

I Smoked WEED Before My Oscar Speech!

Whoopi Goldberg smoked a BIG, FAT JOINT before she won her Oscar in 1991 -- and was stoned off her ass during the victory speech ... so said the actress herself in never-before-seen footage… READ MORE >

- 2589 days ago
Long Lost Whoopi Letter: Dear Charlie, Quit the Coke

Long Lost Whoopi Letter:
Dear Charlie, Quit the Coke

Months after Charlie Sheen OD'd on coke back in 1998, Whoopi Goldberg sent him a note  containing heartfelt words of support ... and a REALLY bad joke -- and TMZ has obtained the original… READ MORE >

- 2594 days ago
Whoopi Goldberg -- Sorry, New York Times

Whoopi Goldberg -- Sorry, New York Times

Whoopi Goldberg made an odd apology -- on The View -- for putting the New York Times on blast for omitting her from an story about African-American Oscar winners ... but she also took time to… READ MORE >

- 2625 days ago
Whoopi Goldberg PISSED Over NY Times Oscar Snub

Whoopi Goldberg PISSED Over NY Times Oscar Snub

The New York Times did a piece on African-American Oscar winners this weekend ... and left Whoopi Goldberg out -- which did NOT sit well with the "View" host.  READ MORE >

- 2627 days ago
Whoopi Goldberg -- Founding Father?

Whoopi Goldberg
Founding Father?

Here's "View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg at an event in NYC last night (left) -- and a figurine of the first President of the United States, George Washington (right).I cannot tell a lie.We're just… READ MORE >

- 2696 days ago
Whoopi -- I Was Gonna 'Cuss Out' Bill O'Reilly

I Was Gonna 'Cuss Out' Bill O'Reilly

Whoopi Goldberg claims she walked off the set of "The View" last week to keep herself from "cussing out" Bill O'Reilly on live TV ... an excuse that still didn't fly with Barbara Walters. The… READ MORE >

- 2746 days ago
Sherri Shepherd: O'Reilly's in 'the Pinhead Category'

Sherri Shepherd:
O'Reilly's in 'The Pinhead Category'

Sherri Shepherd isn't finished with Bill O'Reilly for the things he said on "The View" -- telling TMZ his comments about the mosque at Ground Zero land him straight in the "pinhead… READ MORE >

- 2748 days ago
'View' Stars Fight with Bill O'Reilly ... Storm Off Set

'View' Stars Fight with Bill O'Reilly ... Storm Off Set

In a fit of rage, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar angrily charged off the set of "The View" this morning in the middle of a screaming match with Bill O'Reilly over the mosque near Ground Zero ...… READ MORE >

- 2750 days ago
TMZ Live: Oksana, Momsen, and 'The View'

TMZ Live: Oksana, Momsen, and 'The View'

We took your questions today on everything -- including another lawyer quitting on Oksana Grigorieva, Taylor Momsen's risqué underage magazine cover, and Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walking… READ MORE >

- 2750 days ago
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