Whoopi Goldberg has a net worth of $60 million and is an American comedian, actress, author, talk show host, singer-songwriter, and political activist.
From the mid-1980s to the 1990s, Whoopi Goldberg had a thriving film career. She has primarily worked as a television talk show host in recent years.
Whoopi Goldberg’s annual salary on The View is $8 million dollars.
On November 13, 1955, Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York, New York. St Columba’s, a local Catholic school in the Chelsea-Elliot area, was where she went to school. Whoopi dropped out of high school and worked in theatre productions in East Germany for a while.
She then relocated to Berkeley, where she worked odd jobs like waiting tables and bricklaying. She became a member of the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre group, where she taught comedy and acting classes while also performing in various productions.
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In 1982, she made her first film appearance in Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away. In 1983, Whoopi created a one-woman show called Whoopi Goldberg, which featured various character monologues and was staged on Broadway.
It was performed 156 times. Her next big break came in 1985 when she was cast as Cecile, the lead role in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. The film was a critical and commercial success, and it was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including a Best Actress nomination for Goldberg.
Whoopi Goldberg’s career took off in the 1990s, with her first role as a psychic in the film Ghost, which also starred Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
She was only the second black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in that film. Following that, Goldberg starred in two Star Trek films before releasing Sister Act in 1992.
Goldberg was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the film, which grossed over $200 million. In the sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, she reprised her role.
In 1994, she made history as the first African-American woman to host the Academy Awards. Corrina, Corrina, and The Little Rascals are some of the other notable films she appeared in during the 1990s.
Whoopi Goldberg had a successful decade in the 2000s, with supporting roles in films such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Girl, Interrupted, and others. From 1998 to 2004, she co-produced Hollywood Squares. Whoopi has also appeared in several episodes of the Star Trek series.
Whoopi Goldberg and Janet Jackson co-starred in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls in 2010. The film received positive reviews and grossed over $38 million worldwide. She also did voice work in the critically acclaimed and box office smash Toy Story 3 the same year.
In 2016, Golberg created a reality show for the Oxygen network called Strut. In 2018, she starred alongside Tiffany Haddish in another Tyler Perry film, Nobody’s Fool.
Whoopi is also known for her work on The View as a moderator and co-host. She debuted on the show in 2001 as a stand-in for Rosie O’Donnell.
Her premiere drew 3.4 million viewers, a 7 percent increase over O’Donnell’s previous season. She is known for making divisive comments on the show and has sparked outrage in the past.
Goldberg is a children’s and non-fiction author in addition to her film and talk show careers. She has also appeared on stage, including in a 2010 Broadway production of Sister Act, which she also produced.
She is a businesswoman who cofounded Whoopi & Maya, a company that manufactures medical cannabis products for women suffering from menstrual cramps.
For The View, Whoopi has been nominated for more than 20 Emmy Awards. She received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2009. She is one of the few entertainers to win Grammys, Oscars, Emmys, and Tony Awards (EGOT). Whoopi Goldberg: Direct From Broadway earned her a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1985, making her only the second solo woman performer to do so.
Whoopi also won a BAFTA for her performance in Ghost, in addition to a Golden Globe. The Harlem Globetrotters named Goldberg an honorary member in 1990. In 2002, Whoopi Goldberg was honored with a Tony Award for her work as a producer on the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. She’s also a three-time People’s Choice Award winner. Whoopi Goldberg won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2001.
She has won more than 50 awards and has been nominated for another 80. In 2001, Goldberg was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6841 Hollywood Blvd. In the 1990s, she was rumored to be the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.
Goldberg has long been an advocate for LGBTQ rights. Her work in support of the gay and lesbian community earned her the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vanguard Award in 1999. She marched in support of LGBTQ rights and AIDS awareness at the 1987 March On Washington. In April 2010, she co-founded Give a Damn with Cyndi Laupe
r and other celebrities, a campaign to raise awareness about LGBT discrimination. Goldberg also serves on the National Museum of American Illustration’s national council advisory board. Working for Comic Relief is another example of her humanitarian efforts.
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Goldberg witnessed a plane crash in San Diego in 1978. She developed PTSD as a result of this, as well as a lifelong fear of flying.
Whoopi Goldberg has been married three times and has had relationships with actors such as Ted Danson and Frank Langella. From 1973 to 1979, she was married to Alvin Martin, David Claessen from 1986 to 1988, and Lyle Trachtenberg from 1994 to 1995. Alexandrea Martin, her daughter, is also an actress and a producer. Alexandrea was born when Whoopi was 18 years old. She is the grandmother of three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Whoopi has admitted to being a drug addict in the past and to having dyslexia. Before accepting her Best Supporting Actress award for Ghost in 1991, she admitted to smoking marijuana. In 1991’s The Choices We Made: Twenty-Five Women and Men, she spoke out about her abortion. Speak Up Against Abortion
After suffering a stroke, Goldberg’s mother died in 2010. Whoopi was in London at the time, performing in Sister Act The Musical. She took a two-month break from the production before returning to London. Clyde Goldberg, Goldberg’s brother, died of a brain aneurysm in 2015.
Whoopi bought a home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles for $2.6 million in 1993. She listed this home for $8.8 million in January 2018. She increased the price to $9.6 million a year later. As of this writing, it is still for sale.
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She previously owned and sold a 745-acre farm in Vermont for $2 million. She previously owned a Manhattan apartment that she sold for $3 million in 2010 and a home in Berkeley that she sold for $2.05 million in 2015.
Her primary residence today is a large estate in West Orange, New Jersey, which she purchased for just under $3 million in 2009.