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Whoopi Goldberg is an accomplished entertainer and one of the most famous around the world. She has dazzled the world as an actress, writer, producer, comedienne and TV host.
She dropped out of high school and moved to California as a teenager. She worked several jobs such as bank teller, bricklayer and mortuary cosmetologist before joining Blake Street Hawkeyes theater group.
She also started to do stand-up comedy and started The Spook Show before she was transitioned to Broadway.
Best Known For
A member of the extremely exclusive EGOT club, Whoopi is known for such films like the Sister Act films (1992-1993), The Color Purple (1985) and Ghost (1990). She also played Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation film and TV series and voiced Shenzi the hyena in 1994’s The Lion King.
Whoopi is straight and has been married 3 times. Her first was to Alvin Martin in 1973 for 6 years, then to David Claessen in 1986 for 2 years and finally to Lyle Trachtenberg in 1994 for a year.
She dated Eddie Gold for 3 years from 1987, Michael Visbal for 3 years from 2001 and Frank Langella for 5 years from 1995.
She is born as Caryn Elaine Johnson to Baptist preacher Robert and mother Emma Johnson. Her parents are late and so is her older brother, Clyde. She is the mother of Alex Martin and a grandmother of Amarah, Jerzey and Mason. Through Amarah, Whoopi became a great-grandma to Charlie Rose in 2014.
She has described herself as Jewish-Catholic but this is an impossibility. Further investigations have revealed that she may be Catholic but not so religious.
Worth To Know
Whoopi has written 7 children books and 4 non-fiction books.
She became a grandmother at the age of 34.
Due to her fear of flying, she travels by bus to filming locations.