Whoopi Goldberg

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  • Birth Name: Caryn Elaine Johnson
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/13/1955, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; producer; writer
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Whoopi Goldberg Fast Facts:
  • Began her career at age 8 with the Hudson Guild children's program and the Helena Rubenstein Children's Theater.
  • Moved to San Diego, CA, with her 1-year-old daughter in 1974 and co-founded the San Diego Repertory Theater; worked as a bricklayer and a mortuary cosmetologist during this time to support herself.
  • Co-wrote the play Moms, about Jackie "Moms" Mabley, in 1983.
  • Performed in her own one-woman Broadway show in 1984, directed by Mike Nichols.
  • Became the first female host of the Academy Awards in 1994; returned to host the ceremony in 1996, 1999 and 2002.
  • Holds the rare distinction of having won an Oscar (Ghost, 1991), an Emmy (Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel, 2002), a Grammy (Whoopi Goldberg, 1985), a Tony (Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2002) and 2 Golden Globes (The Color Purple, 1985 and Ghost, 1991).
  • Whoopi Goldberg Relationships:
  • Clyde K. Johnson - Brother
  • Lyle Trachtenberg - Ex-husband
  • Ted Danson - Ex-significant Other
  • Alex Martin - Daughter
  • Emma Harris Johnson - Mother
  • Frank Langella - Ex-significant Other
  • Alvin Martin - Ex-husband
  • David Claessen - Ex-husband
  • Robert James Johnson - Father
  • Whoopi Goldberg Awards:
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Special Class Program - Nominee
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Performance for a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1985 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1990 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 1996 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1995 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1985 Grammy: Best Comedy Album - Winner
  • 1994 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2011 Tony: Musical - Nominee
  • 1986 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Winner
  • 1991 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1990 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 2002 Tony: Musical - Winner
  • 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Narrator - Nominee
  • 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special - Nominee
  • 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards: Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series - Nominee
  • 1993 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actress - Winner
  • 1993 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture - Winner

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