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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Caryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actor, author, comedian, and television personality. A recipient of numerous accolades, she is one of sixteen entertainers to win an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Tony Award. Goldberg's film breakthrough came in 1985 with her role as Celie, a mistreated woman in the Deep South, in Steven Spielberg's period drama film The Color Purple, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. For her performance in the romantic fantasy film Ghost (1990) as an eccentric psychic, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a second Golden Globe. In 1992, she starred in the comedy Sister Act, which she reprised in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), and became the highest-paid actress at the time. A theatre performer and producer, Goldberg has performed in Broadway productions, including a one-woman show that produced a comedy album that earned her a Grammy Award. She has starred as Pseudolus in revivals of Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996), and as Ma Rainey in August Wilson's historical drama Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2003). She won a Tony Award as a producer of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. In television, she portrayed Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Since 2007, Goldberg has co-hosted and moderated the daytime talk show The View, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award. She has also hosted multiple Academy Award ceremonies, and made several media appearances.
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