February 1, 2022, 09:35 | Updated: February 1, 2022, 11:49
Whoopi Goldberg is one of the most successful actresses of her generation and one of only 16 people to win the coveted Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Academy Award and Tony Award (EGOT).
Whoopi Goldberg began her career in 1983 with her one-woman show, Scary showand she quickly won a Grammy Award for “Best Comedy Album” for her recording.
In 1985, she made her cinematic breakthrough in Steven Spielberg’s period drama The purple colorfor which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.
She went on to win an Oscar and a second Golden Globe for her role in the classic romantic comedy film Phantom in 1990, and became the highest paid actress after her comedies sister act and Sister Act II. She has also hosted the Oscars four times.
Whoopi won a Tony Award as producer of the musical Resolutely modern Millie. On television, she played Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation and since 2007 she has co-hosted the daytime talk show Viewwhere she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
How old is Whoopi Goldberg and where is she from?
Whoopi Goldberg was born in Manhattan, New York on November 13, 1955. She celebrated her 66th birthday in 2021.
She was the daughter of Robert James Johnson Jr (1930–1993), a Baptist minister, and Emma Johnson (née Harris; 1931–2010), a nurse and teacher.
She grew up in the social housing project, Chelsea-Elliot Houses, in New York.
What is Whoopi Goldberg’s real name?
The actor’s real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson.
She said her stage name Whoopi was taken from a whoopee cushion: “When you’re performing on stage, you never really have time to go into the bathroom and close the door. So if you’ve got a little gas, you’ve gotta let it go. So people were like, ‘You’re like a whoopee cushion.’ And that’s where the name comes from.”
In 2011, she said, “My mom didn’t call me Whoopi, but Goldberg is my name – it’s part of my family, part of my heritage, just like being black”, and “I just know I I’m Jewish. I don’t practice anything. I don’t go to the temple, but I remember the holidays.”
She added that “people were like, ‘Come on, are you Jewish?’ And I always say “Would you ask me that if I was white? I bet not.”
A report in The Jewish Chronicle said her mother thought the family’s original last name was “not Jewish enough” for her daughter to become a Hollywood star. Researcher Henry Louis Gates Jr found that all of Whoopi’s traceable ancestors were African American, she had no known German or Jewish ancestry, and none of her ancestors were named Goldberg.
Results of a DNA test, revealed in the 2006 PBS documentary African American Livestraced some of his ancestry to the Papel and Bayote peoples of modern Guinea-Bissau.
What are Whoopi Goldberg’s greatest films?
Whoopi Goldberg has starred in several big movies over the years. These include:
- The Color Violet (1985)
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986)
- Ghost (1990)
- Sister Law (1992)
- Made in America (1993)
- Sister Act II (1993)
- The Lion King (1994)
- Star Trek Generations (1994)
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
- Girl Interrupted (1999)
- Toy Story 3 (2010)
Whoopi Goldberg is married?
Whoopi Goldberg has been married three times.
She was married to former partner Alvin Martin from 1973 to 1979.
She then married cinematographer David Claessen from 1986 to 1988, then union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg from 1994 to 1995.
She also had romantic relationships with actors Frank Langella and Ted Danson.
Whoopi said she has no plans to remarry, saying, “Some people aren’t supposed to get married and I’m not. I’m sure that’s wonderful for a lot of people.”
In 2011, speaking to Piers Morgan, she said she had never liked the men she married: “You really have to commit to them… I don’t have that commitment. I m committed to my family.”
Who is Whoopi Goldberg’s daughter?
In 1973, Whoopi Goldberg gave birth to a daughter, Alexandrea Martin, also an actress and producer.
Thanks to Alexandrea, Whoopi has three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.