Whoopi Goldberg, born Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13, 1955, is a well-known American actress, comedian, television personality, and author. She has achieved an incredible milestone by joining the elite group of entertainers who have won an EGOT, which includes an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award (Oscar), and a Tony Award. Let’s explore the fascinating life and career of this extraordinary woman.
Whoopi Goldberg Early Life and Education:
Whoopi Goldberg was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Robert James Johnson Jr., a Baptist pastor, and Emma Johnson, a nurse and teacher. Raised in the Chelsea-Elliot Houses, a public housing development, she was brought up by her strong and resilient mother, who raised Whoopi and her brother Clyde on her own. She attended St. Columba’s, a nearby Catholic school, before leaving Washington Irving High School.
Whoopi Goldberg Career:
Whoopi’s stage career began in 1983 with her one-woman show, Spook Show, which later adapted into a Broadway show in 1984. She earned a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the recorded version of the show. Her breakthrough role came in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, where she portrayed Celie, a mistreated woman in the Deep South, and received critical acclaim. This marked her entry into the world of cinema, and she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her performance.