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Whoopi Goldberg Bio
Whoopi Goldberg began performing at age eight in New York with the Children’s Program at the Hudson guild and the Helena Rubinstein Children’s Theatre. In 1975, she moved to San Diego, where she appeared in the San Diego Repertory theatre’s productions of Bertold Brecht’s “Mother courage” and Marsha Norman’s “Getting Out,” and honed her comedic skills as part of an improvisational group called Spontaneous Combustion.
Later, she moved to the Bay Area and joined the Blake Street Hawkeyes Theatre in Berkeley, partnered
with David Schein. Moving shortly into solo performances, Goldberg created “The Spook Show,” which she performed in San Francisco and then toured throughout the United States and Europe. It was at 1983 performance of that show, performed at the Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, that Whoopi caught the attention of Mike Nichols, who offered to present her in her own Broadway show. An evening of original material, written and created by Whoopi, the show opened to the Lyceum Theatre to critical acclaim. She later taped the show for an HBO special, “Whoopi Goldberg: Direct From Broadway” and the record album of her Broadway show won a Grammy Award as Best Comedy Recording of the Year in 1985.
Her Broadway show also turned out to be an audition for Steven Spielberg, who was casting film version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple.” Before making her auspicious motion picture debut in “The Color Purple,” Whoopi briefly returned to San Francisco to star as the legendary Moms Mabley in “Moms,” a one-person show which she co-wrote, based on the late comedienne’s original material.
“The Color Purple” launched Whoopi Goldberg’s film career and, in addition to an Oscar nomination, earned her the 1985 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture, as well as the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Since “The Color Purple,” Whoopi has starred in such motion pictures as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Burglar,” “Fatal Beauty” (for which she won a second Image Award), “Clara’s Heart,” “Ghost,” “The Long Walk Home” (earning her a third Image Award), “Soapdish” and Robert Altman’s “The Player.”
Whoopi’s performance as Oda Mae Brown in “Ghost” — the highest-grossing movie of 1990 — earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Golden Globe Award, the NAACP Image Award, the British Academy (BAFTA) Award, the Movie Award, an American Comedy Award and the Saturn Award
(presented by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films).
Whoopi starred in the 1992 box-office hit “Sister Act,” which to date has grossed over $300 million worldwide and garnered her yet another Golden Globe Award nomination and the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, in addition to winning the Image Award for Motion Picture of the Year. Her film credits also include her Image Award-nominated performance in “Sarafina!,” “Made in America,” “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” and “Corrina, Corrina.”
In 1992, Whoopi made her debut as a talk show host with “The Whoopi Goldberg Show,” her own syndicated half-hour late-night talk show. She hosted the “34th Annual Grammy Awards” in 1992, as well as ABC’s “A Gala For the President at Ford’s Theatre” in 1993, 1994 and 1998. On March 21, 1994,
Whoopi hosted “The 66th Annual Academy Awards” — the highest rated special of the 1993-94 television season – for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Whoopi returned to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1996 to host “The 68th Annual Academy Awards’ telecast, for which she earned rave reviews and another Emmy nomination.
In 1987, Whoopi, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams co-hosted HBO’s now-historic “Comic Relief” benefit for the nation’s homeless. Following “Comic Relief II,” the trio has hosted “Comic Relief III-VIII,” raising a cumulative total of more than $40 million. Whoopi also took part in the televised “Hurricane Relief” benefit to aid victims of Hurricane Andrew.
Whoopi toured her one-woman show, “Living on the Edge of Chaos,” throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia and, in August, 1988, she performed a television special for HBO Comedy Hour, titled “Whoopi Goldberg’s Fontaine… Why Am I Straight?” her second comedy album, “Fontaine… Why
Am I Straight?,” was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1990, prior to embarking on her SRO six-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, Whoopi hosted yet another special for HBO Comedy Hour, “Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Connolly in Performance,” followed by “Whoopi Goldberg: Chez Whoopi” in 1991.
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