- NAME: Whoopi Goldberg
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Television Actress, Comedian, Talk Show Host
- BIRTH DATE: November 13, 1955 (Age: 58)
- Did You Know?: Whoopi Goldberg is the first woman to host the Academy Awards.
- Did You Know?: In 1991, Whoopi Goldberg became the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for best supporting actress in nearly 50 years (following Hattie McDaniel, who won the award in 1940).
- Did You Know?: Whoopi Goldberg is only the second African-American actress to win an Oscar for acting.
- Did You Know?: Whoopi Goldberg is one of only 14 entertainers to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- Originally: Caryn Elaine Johnson
- AKA: Caryn Johnson
- Full Name: Whoopi Goldberg
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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Whoopi Goldberg is a Grammy Award-winning comedian, actress and human rights advocate, and longtime television host of the daytime talk show The View.
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Goldberg's recent film appearances include The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), starring Michelle Pfeiffer, and Girl, Interrupted (1999), co-starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role). In 2004,
she returned to Broadway to star in a self-titled one-woman show. In July 2006, Goldberg debuted a syndicated radio show, Wake Up With Whoopi.
Whoopi Goldberg became moderator of the daytime talk show The View on September 4, 2007. She replaced a sometimes combative Rosie O'Donnell, who left the show in May 2007 after a little less than a year.
Goldberg wasted no time jumping into controversy. On her first day, she defended football star Michael Vick in his dogfighting case, saying "from where he comes from" in the South (he grew up in Newport News, Virginia), dogfighting isn't that unusual. "It's like cockfighting in Puerto Rico, " she said. "There are certain things that are indicative to certain parts of the country." On the next day's broadcast, Goldberg insisted she had repeated several times she did not condone what Vick did.
During her time on The View, Goldberg has sought out other creative opportunities. She went behind the scenes to serve as director on the 2013 documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley. The film explores the life and career of one of the first successful African-American women in stand-up comedy.
In the early 1970s, Goldberg was briefly married to the man who had been her drug counselor. The couple had one child, Alexandrea, and divorced in 1974. She was married to cameraman David Claessen from 1986 to 1988. Goldberg then had a high-profile romance with actor Ted Danson in the early 1990s. She has a daughter, Alexandrea Martin, two granddaughters, Amarah Skye and Jerzey, and one grandson Mason.
Goldberg holds a Ph.D. in literature from New York University and an honorary degree from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
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