Whoopi Goldberg

Actor, Comedian, Producer
Comedienne, actress, author, talk show host and political activist Whoopi Goldberg was one of the more unique personalities to arrive on the entertainment scene of the 1980s and went on to become a lasting, formidable ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1955 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (344)

7D 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different World 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Stone Gap 2015 (Movie)

Fleeta Mullins (Actor)

Glee 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Movie Stars 1997 - 2002, 2006 - 2010, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2007 - 2010, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

Real Time with Bill Maher 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2007 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The View 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1997 - 2002, 2006 - 2010, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Would You Rather? With Graham Norton 1997 - 2002, 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Day Late and a Dollar Short 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Dog, Red Dog 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homie Spumoni 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Once Upon A Time In Wonderland 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Snow Buddies 2014 (Movie)

Voice of Miss Mittens (Actor)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 (Movie)

Bernadette Thompson (Actor)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Christmas Pearl 2014 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007 - 2008, 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

20/20 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hero Dog Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Why We Laugh: Funny Women 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Hero Dog Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Suburgatory 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Middle 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 (Movie)

God (Actor)

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Mia and the Migoo 2011 (Movie)

the Sorceress (Voice)

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

(Cameo)

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

Alice/White (Actor)

The Black List: Volume Three 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Stretch (Voice)

30 Rock 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Teenage Paparazzo 2009 (Movie)

(Herself)

The Cleaner 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail 2009 (Movie)

Whoopi (Actor)

Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Entourage 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hell's Kitchen 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Life on Mars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The Naked Brothers Band 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

The Word According to Whoopi 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

What Perez Sez 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

African American Lives 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Doogal 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Ermintrude the Cow (Actor)

Everybody Hates Chris 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Everyone's Hero 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Darlin' (Actor)

Farce of the Penguins 2006 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

If I Had Known I Was a Genius 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Racing Stripes 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Franny (Actor)

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Harry For The Holidays 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Pauly Shore is Dead 2004 (Movie)

Herself--Cameo (Actor)

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Showboy 2004 (Movie)

Cameo (Actor)

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolutely Fabulous New York Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Blizzard 2003 (Movie)

Blizzard (Voice)

Marshalls' Women In Comedy 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Reading Rainbow 1982 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Disco Ball 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King 1 1/2 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Shenzi (Actor)

Whoopi 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Lucy -- 50th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chris Rock Show 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heroes of Black Comedy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jessye Norman Sings For the Healing of AIDS 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Kingdom Come 2001 (Movie)

Raynelle Slocumb (Actor)

Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

Death (Actor)

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

Vera Baker (Actor)

RuPaul 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Weber Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years! 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Lady Bird Johnson 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

More Dogs Than Bones 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Patrick Swayze 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sally Field: Defying Gravity 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Zoo Babies With Whoopi Goldberg 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Fall in Love With a Stranger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups IV 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Girl, Interrupted 1999 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Pulp Comics: Caroline Rhea 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Deep End of the Ocean 1999 (Movie)

Candy Bliss (Actor)

The RuPaul Show 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Charlie Rose Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Alegria 1998 (Movie)

Baby Clown (Actor)

Bob Hope: The Road to the Top 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown to Comic Relief 8 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Creating Ragtime 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

Delilah (Actor)

Mary Pickford: A Life on Film 1998 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Mary Pickford: A Life on Film 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie 1998 (Movie)

of The Evil Ice Queen (Voice)

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rugrats Movie 1998 (Movie)

of Ranger Margaret (Voice)

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief's 10th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Destination Anywhere 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Sports on the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pitch 1997 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Makes You Laugh? 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas Carol 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

Bogus 1996 (Movie)

Harriet Franklin (Actor)

Comic Relief American Comedy Festival 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown to Comic Relief 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Eddie 1996 (Movie)

Edwina "Eddie" Franklin (Actor)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

Myrlie Evers (Actor)

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet Hollywood Comes Home 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

Laurel (Actor)

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The New Adventures of Captain Planet 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Theodore Rex 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

20 Years of Comedy on HBO 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bonnie Raitt Has Something to Talk About 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

Jane DeLuca (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonlight and Valentino 1995 (Movie)

Sylvie Morrow (Actor)

Out There II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Cool Like That Christmas 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

Corrina Washington (Actor)

Gene Roddenberry: Star Trek and Beyond 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked in New York 1994 (Movie)

Tragedy Mask (Actor)

One on One With Magic Johnson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Generations 1994 (Movie)

(uncredited cameo appearance) Guinan (Actor)

Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

of Shenzi the Hyena (Voice)

The Little Rascals 1994 (Movie)

Buckwheat's Mom (Actor)

The Pagemaster 1994 (Movie)

Fantasy (Actor)

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hurricane Relief 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberation 1993 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

Sarah Matthews (Actor)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

(uncredited) Sergeant York (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whoopi Goldberg Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Koi and the Kola Nuts 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, Uh-Huh! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sarafina! 1992 (Movie)

Mary Masembuko (Actor)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence (Actor)

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magical World of Chuck Jones 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Detective Avery (Actor)

Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

World Beat 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Laugh, a Tear 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

America's All-Star Tribute to Oprah Winfrey 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Bagdad Cafe 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Comedy Bloopers II 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Wait 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Fifteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

House Party 2 1991 (Movie)

(uncredited) Professor (Actor)

Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Red, Hot & Blue 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Rose Schwartz (Actor)

The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Whoopi Goldberg: Chez Whoopi 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Comedy Bloopers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dionne and Friends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost 1990 (Movie)

Oda Mae Brown (Actor)

Smokey Robinson 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Walk Home 1990 (Movie)

Odessa Cotter (Actor)

The Truth About Teachers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Free to Be... a Family 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Homer and Eddie 1989 (Movie)

Eddie Cervi (Actor)

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual ACE Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Debbie Allen Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Clara's Heart 1988 (Movie)

Clara Mayfield (Actor)

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1988 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Telephone 1988 (Movie)

Vashti Blue (Actor)

Burglar 1987 (Movie)

Bernice Rhodenbarr (Actor)

Comic Relief: Backstage Pass 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Beauty 1987 (Movie)

Rita Rizzoli (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Disney's Captain EO 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pointer Sisters... Up All Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

Terry Doolittle (Actor)

The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mothers By Daughters 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

Celie (Actor)

Whoopi Goldberg -- Direct From Broadway 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Black Cinema (TV Show)

Actor

A Knight in Camelot (TV Show)

Actor

Call Me Claus (TV Show)

Actor

Defenders of Dynatron City (TV Show)

Voice

Good Fences (TV Show)

Actor

In the Gloaming (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Debbie Allen (TV Show)

Narrator

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Shot (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Kids (TV Show)

Voice

Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins (TV Show)

Narrator

My Fair Madeline (TV Show)

Voice

My Past Is My Own (TV Show)

Actor

Our Friend, Martin (TV Show)

Voice

Stream (Internet Series) (TV Show)

Actor

Teenage Paparazzo (TV Show)

Actor

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor

What Makes a Family (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (10)

The Christmas Pearl 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nine For IX 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Coach 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Just for Kicks 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Mao Game 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ruby's Bucket of Blood (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stream (Internet Series) (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Piano Man's Daughter (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (4)

Doogal 2006 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song Performer)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

("Be Prepared") (Song Performer)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

("The Mother of All Medleys" "Get Up Offa That Thing" "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)" "Dancing in the Street") (Song Performer)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

("Wake Up and Pay Attention") (Song)
Director (1)

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Happy Birthday Elton 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Biography

Comedienne, actress, author, talk show host and political activist Whoopi Goldberg was one of the more unique personalities to arrive on the entertainment scene of the 1980s and went on to become a lasting, formidable presence over the decades that followed. Mining her often unflattering early background for material, Goldberg first came to notoriety with her eponymous 1984 Broadway character sketch show, directed by the renowned Mike Nichols. Her auspicious feature film debut as the abused Celie in Steven Spielberg's acclaimed drama "The Color Purple" (1985) garnered her accolades and overnight stardom, which were then combined with box office gold and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her hilarious role in the blockbuster romance "Ghost" (1990). Other projects like "Sister Act" (1992) added to her commercial success, while her work with fellow comedians Billy Crystal and Robin Williams on the annual "Comic Relief" benefit concerts allowed her to do the two things she loved most - make people laugh and help those in need. A frequent personality on television, Goldberg acted as host of the Academy Awards no fewer than four times before becoming one of the more outspoken and controversial co-hosts of the daytime talk show "The View" (ABC, 1997- ) in 2007. One of the few people to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy - not to mention the prestigious Mark Twain Award for Humor - Goldberg both entertained and inspired people across the globe, regardless of their sex, race, creed or color.

Relationships

David Claessen Director of Photography

Husband
Married on Sept. 1, 1986 Divorced in October 1988

Jeffrey Cohen

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Timothy Dalton Actor

Companion
Dated briefly from 1990-91

Ted Danson Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring in the romantic comedy "Made in America" (1993) Goldberg defended Danson after he performed a risque monologue in black face at a 1993 Friars Club Roast in honor of her, provoking some guests (i.e., talk show host Montel Williams) to walk out Broke up in 1994

Eddie Gold

Companion
Together from 1987-90

Robert Johnson

Father
Abandoned family when Goldberg was a toddler Died May 25, 1993 of stomach cancer and complications from HIV

Emma Johnson

Mother
Raised her daughter as a single mother after Goldberg's father had left the family Died on Aug. 29, 2010 after suffering a stroke

Clyde Johnson

Brother
Worked as Goldberg's personal driver on film sets

Frank Langella Actor

Companion
Met in 1995 while co-starring in "Eddie" (1996) Dated from October 1995 until early 2000

Alexandrea Martin

Daughter
Born in 1973; father, Alvin Martin

Alvin Martin

Husband
Met when Martin was Goldberg's counselor in the early 1970s Married in 1973; father of Goldberg's only child Alexandrea Martin Divorced in 1979

Amarah Martin

Granddaughter
Born Nov. 13, 1989; mother, Alexandrea Martin

David Schein

Companion
Lived with Goldberg from 1980-85

Lyle Trachtenberg

Husband
Met on the set of "Corrina, Corrina" (1994) where he was unionizing crew members Married on Oct. 1, 1994 Divorced in October 1995

EDUCATION

St. Columba Church Parish School

New York , New York

Washington Irving High School

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Played God in the romantic drama "A Little Bit of Heaven"

2011

Produced the Broadway musical adaptation of "Sister Act"

2010

Voiced the character of Stretch the Octopus in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"

2010

Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"

2008

Joined the Broadway musical "Xanadu" as the goddess Aphrodite and Calliope

2007

Replaced Rosie O'Donnell as moderator and new co-host of "The View" (ABC)

2006

Launched live syndicated radio program "Wake Up With Whoopi"

2006

Joined the cast of "Everybody Hates Chris" (The CW) in a recurring role as an overly protective grandmother of a neighbor girl

2005

Voiced Franny, a wise old goat in the animated feature "Racing Stripes"

2005

Starred in "Whoopi: Back to Broadway – The 20th Anniversary," an HBO film of the one-woman show she performed in New York

2003

Cast in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Whoopi" as Mavis Rae, a member of a former one-hit wonder singing group

2002

Reprised role of Guinan for "Star Trek: Nemesis"

2002

Returned for a fourth time to host the 74th Academy Awards

2001

With Barbra Streisand, served as executive producer of the Lifetime movie "What Makes a Family"

2001

Appeared as Death in the combined live-action animated fantasy film "Monkeybone"

1999

Returned for a third time to host the 71st Academy Awards

1998

Joined the new syndicated version of "Hollywood Squares" as the center square; also executive produced through One Ho Productions; earned 4 Emmy nominations

1997

Replaced Nathan Lane as Pseudolus in the Broadway revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

1996

Returned to host the 68th Academy Awards telecast

1996

Co-starred with Frank Langella in the basketball comedy "Eddie"

1995

Signed a two-picture deal with Disney for nearly $20 million to appear in the ABC remake of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" (1997) and "A Knight in Camelot" (1998)

1994

Became the first female and first solo black host of an Academy Awards show

1994

Voiced one of the hyenas in Disney's blockbuster animated hit "The Lion King"

1993

Took to the habit again for the inevitable sequel "Sister Act II"

1992

Made publishing debut with a re-vamped version of Alice in Wonderland as an urban fairy tale called Alice

1992

Starred in the comedy hit "Sister Act"

1992

Hosted the short-lived talk show "The Whoopi Goldberg Show"

1990

Produced and performed on the comedy special "HBO Comedy Hour Live"

1990

Played psychic Oda Mae Brown in the critically acclaimed drama "Ghost"; became the first African-American female to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in nearly 50 years

1990

Provided voice of Gaia for the animated series "Captain Planet and the Planeteers"; received Daytime Emmy nomination

1988

Penned the HBO live comedy special "Whoopi Goldberg's Fontaine: Why Am I Straight"

1988

Played recurring role of Guinan, an enigmatic alien bartender on the syndicated sci-fi series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

1986

Began co-hosting "Comic Relief" (HBO) with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams

1985

Made feature film acting debut in Steven Spielberg’s "The Color Purple"; received Best Actress Oscar nomination

1985

First TV appearance, "Mothers by Daughters" (PBS)

1984

Performed five different characters in the Broadway show "Whoopi Goldberg," directed by Mike Nichols

1983

Co-authored the play "Moms Mabley" about the life of the pioneering black stand-up comic

1982

Began solo career touring in San Francisco with "The Spook Show"; later traveled through America and Europe

1980

Joined Blake Street Hawkeyes Theater

Formed One Ho Productions

Began performing with the Hudson Guild children's program and the Helena Rubenstein Children's Theater at age eight

Dropped out of high school and became in her words "a junkie"

Moved to San Diego with her one-year-old daughter; co-founded the San Diego Repertory Theater

Became a member of the improv group Spontaneous Combustion

Bonus Trivia

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Goldberg was honored by the Starlight Foundation as Humanitarian of the Year in 1989.

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She was named Woman of the Year in 1992 by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

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"I believe that racism is something that we're always going to live with. What we in America have to decide is whether we're going to be covert racists or overt racists. The O.J. trial and the church burnings in the South have uncovered a festering problem that no one wants to talk about." – Goldberg to Interview Magazine, January 1997

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Goldberg received an honorary degree from Brandeis University in 1997.

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"A confusion over Ms. Goldberg's date of birth stems from when she was a young actress starting out. According to her, at the beginning her career, she lied about her age and added six years. Her correct birth date is 1955, not the 1949 as is often reported." – from the Daily News, Feb. 1, 1998

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Goldberg was involved in controversy in the summer of 2004 when, at a fundraiser for John Kerry at Radio City Hall in New York, she made a sexual joke about President George W. Bush, by waving a bottle of wine, pointing to her genitals and saying: "We should keep Bush where he belongs, and not in the White House."

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Her stage name was taken from whoopee cushion, which she initially used as her stage name: "If you get a little gassy, you've got to let it go. So people used to say to me, 'You're like a whoopee cushion.' And that's where the name came from.'" – from The New York Times, May 17, 2008

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Goldberg contributed to a book about women's reproductive rights, detailing how she self-induced an abortion with a coat hanger when she was 14 years old.

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On Aug. 4, 2010, Goldberg reportedly had a shouting match with White House gatecrasher Michaele Salahi backstage at "The View" (ABC). Salahi and her castmates of Bravo's "Real Housewives of D.C." were interviewed earlier on the show, and she claimed Goldberg allegedly hit her during the segment. The following day, Goldberg addressed the controversy on her show. "I make no apology for my choice words...her husband got in my face, had his BlackBerry out and started taking pictures of me," she said.

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