Whoopi Goldberg, actress, comedienne, producer, talk show and four-time Oscars host, was born in New York. She is one of a select few to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards for her work. Her one woman show was groundbreaking in the 1980s and led to a successful run on Broadway which in turn led to roles in film and television. As an activist, a long association with Comic Relief gave Whoopi the opportunity to perform alongside longtime friends and colleagues Robin Williams and Billy Crystal among other comedy stars to raise money for charity.
As an actress, Whoopi has appeared in a number of films, including “Jumpin' Jack Flash” (1986), Clara’s Heart (1988) and “Sister Act” (1992). Her work in “The Color Purple” (1985) earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. In 1990, Whoopi co-starred in the film “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Her performance won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, making her the second African-American woman to receive that honor after Hattie McDaniel.
Whoopi showed her range as a performer on television in a variety of roles. Fans of “Star Trek” recognize Goldberg for her role in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-94). As Guinan (1988-93), she regularly stole scenes from Patrick Stewart and the other cast members on that long-running series. Her hilarious and politically-charged NBC sitcom “Whoopi” (2003-2004) was cancelled after only one season. The show is not currently available on DVD though fans have been clamoring for it since the cancellation.
In 2007, Whoopi became a co-host on “The View.” She may not always tackle an issue in “Hot Topics” the way you expect her to, but Whoopi’s contributions to the discussion are always honest and when necessity demands it, funny. “The View” has allowed many fans to see the multifaceted Whoopi in more depth. She is well-known as a picky eater and an ex-smoker. Many fans tune into “The View” just to see what quirky shoes Whoopi is wearing and what questions she will ask guests. With the departure of Barbara Walters from the show along with co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi will be the elder stateswoman on “The View” when it returns in the fall of 2014.
No stranger to controversy, Whoopi Goldberg is known for speaking her mind. On “The View” on Aug. 4, 2014, she urged her friend Donald Trump to “do your homework” before commenting on the Ebola virus and how it is spread. Whoopi’s work in film, on television and as an activist continues to inspire and entertain her fans worldwide.