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).

Awards

  • 1990, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1996, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2002, Tony — Musical: Winner
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Narrator: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: Nominee
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2011, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Performance for a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy 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
  • 1985, Grammy — Best Comedy Album: Winner
  • 1995, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1994, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • Alvin Martin — Ex-husband
  • Robert James Johnson — Father
  • Clyde K. Johnson — Brother
  • Lyle Trachtenberg — Ex-husband
  • Ted Danson — Ex-significant Other
  • David Claessen — Ex-husband
  • Alex Martin — Daughter
  • Emma Harris Johnson — Mother
  • Frank Langella — Ex-significant Other

Details

  • Birth Name: Caryn Elaine Johnson
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: November 13, 1955, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Producer, Writer
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