WHOOPI GOLDBERG (Death) has won numerous awards and considerable acclaim for her work in film, television, recordings and theatre. She is equally well-known for her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other causes and charities.
Born in 1955 and raised in New York City, Goldberg worked in theatre and
improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she performed with the Blake Street
Hawkeyes theatre troupe. It was there that she created the characters that became The Spook
Show and evolved into her hit Broadway show, Grammy® Award-winning album and the
HBO special that helped launch her career.
Goldberg made her motion picture debut in Steven Spielberg's film version of Alice
Walker's The Color Purple, for which she earned an Academy Award® nomination and a
Golden Globe Award. Goldberg's performance in Ghost earned her the Academy Award and a
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Goldberg has also appeared in such films as Jumpin' Jack Flash, Clara's Heart, The Long Walk Home,
Soapdish, The Player, Sarafina, Sister Act, Made in America, Sister Act 2,
Corrina, Corrina, The Lion King, The Pagemaster, Star Trek: Generations, Boys on the Side, Moonlight and Valentino, Eddie, Bogus, The Associate, and Ghosts of Mississippi. She starred most recently in How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett, Deep End of The Ocean with Michelle Pfeiffer, and in Girl, Interrupted, opposite Winona Ryder and Angelina
Jolie. She has completed a role in the upcoming features Kingdom Come and Rat Race.
On television, Goldberg appeared for five seasons on "Star Trek: The Next
Generation," co-starred with Jean Stapleton in "Bagdad Cafe," and hosted her own syndicated
late-night talk show, "The Whoopi Goldberg Show." She appeared with Glenn Close and
Bridget Fonda in the Emmy-nominated HBO drama "In The Gloaming," directed by
Christopher Reeve, as well as "The Wonderful World of Disney's Cinderella" and "A Knight
in Camelot." Goldberg currently executive produces and appears in the center square of the hit Emmy Award-winning Hollywood Squares.
She has appeared on many television series and specials, including her own HBO specials, three-time host of ABC's "A Gala for the President at Ford Theatre" and eight "Comic Relief' telecasts with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, which have raised more than 40 million dollars. Among several other nods, Goldberg received Emmy Awards nominations for hosting the 66th, 68th and 7 1 st Academy Awards telecasts.
Goldberg and her One Ho Productions have a production deal with Columbia
TriStar Television to develop programming for all day parts. In addition to executive producing "Hollywood Squares," she executive produces the Lifetime series "Strong Medicine." Goldberg has also produced — along with Barbra
Streisand, Cis Corman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the upcoming Lifetime original movie "What Makes a Family," starring Brooke Shields and Cherry Jones, as well as "Ruby's Bucket of Blood," starring Angela Bassett, for Showtime. Her producing credits also include the feature films The Piano Man 's Daughter and The Mao Game, plus the forthcoming Broadway musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
In addition to the Oscar®, the Grammy and two Golden Globe Awards, Goldberg has been honored with multiple NAACP Image Awards, numerous People's Choice Awards (including a special tribute in 1998) and an unprecedented five Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards as Favorite Movie Actress, as well as various awards and honors for her many humanitarian efforts.
In 1992, Goldberg made her debut as an author with her first c
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