Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955, in New York, New York, United States) is an American comedian, actress, and producer who has worked in theatre, film, television, and recordings. Her work spanned from dramatic leading parts to controversial comedy roles, and she was a skilled actress with a diverse repertoire. She gained fame as a cohost of the television chat show The View.
Goldberg grew up in a public housing building in Manhattan. She began performing with a children’s theatre group at the age of eight and later went on to perform in the choruses of Broadway productions as a young adult. She arrived in California in 1974 and quickly established herself as a member of the theatre world as well as a stand-up comic.
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She eventually created The Spook Play, a one-woman stage show with humor, satire, and drama that she performed throughout the United States and Europe.
That act inspired Whoopi Goldberg’s critically acclaimed Broadway play, which premiered in 1984 and earned Goldberg a Grammy Award for the show’s recording in 1985. She made her Hollywood breakthrough with The Color Purple (1985), for which she was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe.
Goldberg went on to star in a string of less-than-successful films before starring in Ghost (1990), for which she received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for best-supporting actress. Goldberg went on to star in several films and television shows, including hosting her talk show for a while, hosting the Academy Awards three times, and starring in the television sitcom Whoopi (2003–04). In 2007, she joined the afternoon talk show The View as a cohost.
Goldberg, who is known for her liberal views, acted as the moderator for the program’s regular debates.In addition, in the late 1990s, Goldberg began producing television and stage productions, and in 2002, she won a Tony Award for producing the Broadway show Thoroughly Modern Millie. Even though her Broadway production of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 ensemble theatre piece
.For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enough was canceled in 2008, Goldberg starred as a religious zealot in the film adaptation of the show, For Colored Girls. Sister Act (2011–12), a musical, was later produced by her. Goldberg has also appeared on Broadway in solo productions such as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2003) and Xanadu (2008).
Goldberg also appeared in guest roles on shows like the animated Robot Chicken and the musical comedy Glee during this time. In 2014, she starred as a sharp-tongued pharmacist in the small-town comedy Big Stone Gap and as a news editor in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a film version of the comic book series and television show. She went on to star in the Stephen King adaptation miniseries The Stand (2020–21).
Goldberg also narrated The Con (2020–), a true-crime docuseries. During this time, she also appeared in the drama 9/11 (2017), about a group of people trapped in a World Trade Center elevator during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the comedy Nobody’s Fool (2018), in which she played the mother of a recently paroled ex-convict (played by Tiffany Haddish).
On stage and television, Whoopi Goldberg continues to be a hit. Her hosting of Comic Relief was only the beginning of her involvement with philanthropic causes, particularly those fighting poverty and homelessness, as well as HIV/AIDS. She also uses other sides of her creative and clever intellect as the author of two children’s books, Whoopi’s Big Book of Manners and Alice, and as a co-host of ABC’s The View, where she discusses current events and politics with her co-hosts.