Whoopi Goldberg (Actress/Comedian/Activist)

Whoopi Goldberg (Actress/Comedian/Activist)

Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955), known professionally by her stage name, Whoopi Goldberg.  One of only five entertainers who have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. 

"I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be."

She was the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an acting Oscar. The first Oscar to a black woman went to actress and radio performer Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940, for her supporting role as Mammy in 'Gone With the Wind.'

Interesting facts about Whoopi:

  • She's worked in numerous professions such as hairstylist, a bricklayer, and a phone sex operator, licensed beautician including working for a funeral home
  • She was inspired by John F. Kennedy and Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) on the original Star Trek TV series from 1966 to 1969
  • She auditioned for The Color Purple by doing a private show for Steven Spielberg and his friends
  • She says controversial things and notes "The price of being yourself, is dealing with other people's angst about it."

Related Articles