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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

American actress
Whoopi Goldberg
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Intro American actress
A.K.A. Caryn Elaine Johnson, Caryn Johnson, Whoopie Goldberg
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Radio personality Singer Songwriter Musician Composer Writer Novelist Voice actor Television presenter Television personality Talk show host Stage actor Children's writer Comedian Film producer Screenwriter Theater professional
From United States of America
Type Arts Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor Literature Music
Gender female
Birth 13 November 1955, Manhattan, USA
Age 65 years
Star sign Scorpio
Politics Democratic Party
Family
Spouse: Lyle TrachtenbergDavid ClaessenAlvin Martin
Children: Alex Martin
Stats
Height: 1.6256 m
Education
New York University
Awards
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress  
Theatre World Award 1985
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor 2001
Golden Globe Award 1986
British Academy of Film and Television Arts 1991
Crystal Award 2001
honorary doctor of Brandeis University  
Academy Awards  
Drama Desk Award  
Emmy Award  
Grammy Award  
Instruments:
Voice
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Biography

Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955), known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg (/ˈwʊpi/), is an American actor, comedian, author, and television personality. A recipient of many awards and honors, she is one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award.

Goldberg's breakthrough came in 1985 for her role as Celie, a mistreated woman in the Deep South, in Steven Spielberg's period drama film The Color Purple, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won her first Golden Globe Award. For her performance in the romantic fantasy film Ghost (1990) as an eccentric psychic, Goldberg won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting, and a second Golden Globe, her first for Best Supporting Actress. In 1992, Goldberg starred in the comedy Sister Act, earning a third Golden Globe nomination, her first for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. She reprised the role in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), making her the highest-paid actress at the time.

A theatre performer and producer, Goldberg has performed in Broadway productions, one of which produced a comedy album that earned her a Grammy Award. She has also won a Tony Award as a producer of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. In television, Goldberg is known for her role as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation and for co-hosting and moderating the talk show The View since 2007, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award.

Background and early life

Caryn Elaine Johnson was born in Manhattan on November 13, 1955, the daughter of Robert James Johnson Jr. (March 4, 1930 – May 25, 1993), a Baptist clergyman, and Emma Johnson (née Harris; September 21, 1931 – August 29, 2010), a nurse and teacher. She was raised in the Chelsea-Elliot Houses.

Goldberg has described her mother as a "stern, strong, and wise woman" who raised her as a single mother with her brother Clyde (c. 1949 – May 11, 2015). She attended a local Catholic school, St Columba's, when she was younger. Her more recent forebears migrated north from Faceville, Georgia; Palatka, Florida; and Virginia. She dropped out of Washington Irving High School.

She has stated that her stage forename ("Whoopi") was taken from a whoopee cushion; "When you're performing on stage, you never really have time to go into the bathroom and close the door. So if you get a little gassy, you've got to let it go. So people used to say to me, 'You're like a whoopee cushion.' And that's where the name came from."

Regarding her stage surname, she said in 2011, "My mother did not name me Whoopi, but Goldberg is my name, it's part of my family, part of my heritage. Just like being black", and "I just know I am Jewish. I practise nothing. I don't go to temple, but I do remember the holidays." She has stated that "people would say 'Come on, are you Jewish?' And I always say 'Would you ask me that if I was white? I bet not.'" One account recalls that her mother, Emma Johnson, thought that the family's original surname was "not Jewish enough" for her daughter to become a star. Researcher Henry Louis Gates Jr. found that all of Goldberg's traceable ancestors were African Americans, that she has no known German or Jewish ancestry, and that none of her ancestors were named Goldberg. Results of a DNA test, revealed in the 2006 PBS documentary African American Lives, traced part of her ancestry to the Papel and Bayote people of modern-day Guinea-Bissau. Her admixture test indicates that she is of 92 percent sub-Saharan African origin and of 8 percent European origin.

According to an anecdote told by Nichelle Nichols in Trekkies (1997), a young Goldberg was watching Star Trek, and upon seeing Nichols's character Uhura, exclaimed, "Momma! There's a black lady on television and she ain't no maid!" This spawned lifelong fandom of Star Trek for Goldberg, who would eventually ask for and receive a recurring guest-starring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In the 1970s, Goldberg relocated to Southern California before settling in Berkeley, where she worked various odd jobs, including as a bank teller, a waitress at a vegetarian restaurant, a mortuary cosmetologist, and a bricklayer. There, she also joined the avant-garde theater troupe, the Blake Street Hawkeyes, and taught comedy and acting classes which were attended by Courtney Love. Goldberg also worked in a number of theater productions. In 1978, she witnessed a midair collision of 2 planes in San Diego causing her to develop a fear of flying and PTSD.

Career

Early work

Goldberg trained under acting teacher Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York City. She first appeared onscreen in Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away (1982), an avant-garde ensemble feature by San Francisco filmmaker William Farley. Goldberg created The Spook Show, a one-woman show composed of different character monologues in 1983. Director Mike Nichols offered to take the show to Broadway. The show was retitled Whoopi Goldberg for its Broadway incarnation, ran from October 24, 1984, to March 10, 1985; the play was taped during this run and broadcast by HBO as Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway in 1985.

Goldberg's Broadway performance caught the eye of director Steven Spielberg, who cast her in the lead role of The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker. The Color Purple was released in late 1985 and was a critical and commercial success. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including a nomination for Goldberg as Best Actress.

1980s

Goldberg starred in Penny Marshall's directorial debut Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) and began a relationship with David Claessen, a director of photography on the set; the couple married later that year. The film was a modest success, and during the next two years, three additional motion pictures featured Goldberg: Burglar (1987), Fatal Beauty (1987), and The Telephone (1988). Though these were not as successful as her prior motion pictures, Goldberg still garnered awards from the NAACP Image Awards. Goldberg and Claessen divorced after the poor box office performance of The Telephone, which Goldberg was under contract to star in. She tried unsuccessfully to sue the producers of the film. Clara's Heart did poorly at the box office, though her own performance was critically acclaimed. As the 1980s concluded, she hosted numerous HBO specials of Comic Relief with fellow comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.

1990s

Goldberg in 1996

In January 1990, Goldberg starred with Jean Stapleton in the situation comedy Bagdad Cafe. The sitcom ran for two seasons on CBS. Simultaneously, Goldberg starred in The Long Walk Home, portraying a woman in the civil rights movement. She played a psychic in the film Ghost (1990) and became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in nearly 50 years, and the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting (the first being Hattie McDaniel, for Gone with the Wind in 1940). Premiere named her character Oda Mae Brown in its list of Top 100 best film characters.

Goldberg starred in Soapdish (1991) and had a recurring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Guinan, which she would reprise in two Star Trek films. On May 29, 1992, Sister Act was released. The motion picture grossed well over US$200 million and Goldberg was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She later starred in Sarafina!. During the next year, she hosted a late-night talk show titled The Whoopi Goldberg Show and starred in two more motion pictures: Made in America and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. From 1994 to 1995, Goldberg appeared in Corrina, Corrina, The Lion King (voice), Theodore Rex, The Little Rascals, The Pagemaster (voice), Boys on the Side, and Moonlight and Valentino. Goldberg guest starred on Muppets Tonight in 1996. She became the first African-American woman to host the Academy Awards ceremony in 1994, and the first woman to solo host. She hosted the ceremony again in 1996, 1999 and 2002.

Goldberg starred in four motion pictures in 1996: Bogus (with Gérard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment), Eddie, The Associate (with Dianne Wiest), and Ghosts of Mississippi (with Alec Baldwin and James Woods). During the filming of Eddie, Goldberg began dating co-star Frank Langella, a relationship that lasted until early 2000. In October 1997, Goldberg and ghostwriter Daniel Paisner cowrote Book, a collection featuring insights and opinions.

From 1998 to 2001, Goldberg took supporting roles in How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett, Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, Kingdom Come and Rat Race with an all-star ensemble cast. She starred in the ABC-TV versions of Cinderella, A Knight in Camelot and Call Me Claus. In 1998, she gained a new audience when she became the "Center Square" on Hollywood Squares, hosted by Tom Bergeron. She also served as executive producer, for which she was nominated for four Emmy Awards. She left the series in 2002, and the "Center Square" was filled in with celebrities for the last two on-air seasons without Goldberg.

AC Nielsen EDI ranked her as the actress appearing in the most theatrical films in the 1990s with 29 films grossing $1.3 billion in the U.S. and Canada.

2000s

Goldberg at Comic Relief in 2006

Goldberg hosted the documentary short, The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas (2001). In 2003, Goldberg returned to television, starring in Whoopi, which was canceled after one season. On her 46th birthday, Goldberg was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Goldberg also appeared alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in the HBO documentary Unchained Memories (2003), narrating slave narratives. During the next two years, she became a spokeswoman for Slim Fast and produced two television series: Lifetime's original drama Strong Medicine that ran for six seasons and Whoopi's Littleburg, a children's television series on Nickelodeon. Goldberg made guest appearances on Everybody Hates Chris as an elderly character named Louise Clarkson. In November and December 2005, Goldberg revived her one-woman show on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in honor of its 20th anniversary. She produced the Noggin sitcom Just for Kicks in early 2006. From August 2006 to March 2008, Goldberg hosted Wake Up with Whoopi, a nationally syndicated morning radio talk and entertainment program.

Goldberg was involved in controversy in July 2004 when, at a fundraiser for John Kerry at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Goldberg made a sexual joke about President George W. Bush by waving a bottle of wine, pointing toward her pubic area and saying: "We should keep Bush where he belongs, and not in the White House." As result, Slim-Fast dropped her from their then-current ad campaign.

In October 2007, Goldberg announced on the air that she would be retiring from acting because she is no longer sent scripts, saying, "You know, there's no room for the very talented Whoopi. There's no room right now in the marketplace of cinema". On December 13, 2008, she guest starred on The Naked Brothers Band, a Nickelodeon rock- mockumentary television show. Before the episode premiered, on February 18, 2008, the band performed on The View and the band members were interviewed by Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.

2010s

Goldberg in Washington, D.C. in 2011

In 2010, she starred in the Tyler Perry movie For Colored Girls, alongside Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, and Macy Gray. The film received generally good reviews from critics and grossed over $38 million worldwide. The same year, she voiced Stretch in the Disney/Pixar animated movie Toy Story 3. The movie received critical acclaim and grossed $1.067 billion worldwide.

Goldberg had a recurring role on the television series Glee as Carmen Tibideaux, a renowned Broadway performer and opera singer and the newly appointed Dean of Vocal Performance and Song Interpretation at the fictional "NYADA" (New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts), a highly competitive performing arts college. The character appeared in six episodes over 3 seasons (2012–14). In 2011, she had a cameo in The Muppets.

In 2012, Goldberg guest starred as Jane Marsh, Sue Heck's guidance counselor on The Middle. She voiced the Magic Mirror on Disney XD's The 7D. In 2014, she had a cameo role on the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and portrayed herself in Chris Rock's Top Five. She also starred in the romantic comedy film Big Stone Gap.

In 2016, it was announced Goldberg would be developing a reality show called Strut, based on transgender models from Slay models in Los Angeles, which was founded by Cecilio Asuncion. Strut aired on Oxygen. In 2017, she voiced Ursula, the Sea Witch and Uma's mother, in the TV movie Descendants 2.

In 2018, she starred in the Tyler Perry's movie Nobody's Fool, alongside Tiffany Haddish, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley and Tika Sumpter. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $33 million worldwide. The same year, she also starred in the comedy-drama film Furlough, alongside Tessa Thompson, Melissa Leo and Anna Paquin. On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Goldberg among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

2020s

In an appearance on The View on January 22, 2020, Patrick Stewart invited Goldberg to reprise her role as Guinan during the second season of Star Trek: Picard. She immediately accepted his offer.

The View

On September 4, 2007, Goldberg became the new moderator and co-host of The View, replacing Rosie O'Donnell. Goldberg's debut as moderator drew 3.4 million viewers, 1 million fewer than O'Donnell's debut ratings. However, after 2 weeks, The View was averaging 3.5 million total viewers under Goldberg, a 7 percent increase from 3.3 million under O'Donnell the previous season.

Goldberg has made controversial comments on the program. One of her first appearances involved defending Michael Vick's participation in dogfighting as a result of "cultural upbringing". In 2009, she opined that Roman Polanski's rape conviction of a thirteen-year-old in 1977 was not "rape-rape", later clarified that she had intended to distinguish between statutory rape and forcible rape. The following year, in response to alleged racist comments by Mel Gibson, she defended Gibson and said that she knew that he was "not a racist".

In 2015, Goldberg was a staunch defender of Bill Cosby from the outset of his rape allegations, asserting he should be considered innocent until proven guilty, and questioning why Cosby had never been arrested or tried for them. She later changed her stance, stating that "all of the information that's out there kinda points to 'guilt'." After learning that the statute of limitations on these allegations had expired and thus could not be tried, she also stated her support for removing the statute of limitations for rape.

In June 2019, Goldberg's comments on nude photos provoked controversy after she suggested that "If you're famous, I don't care how old you are. You don't take nude photos of yourself". The actress Bella Thorne, who decided to share her own naked photos online, because a hacker was threatening to make them public, described Goldberg's remarks as "disgusting".

Other media appearances

Goldberg performed the role of Califia, the Queen of the Island of California, for a theater presentation called Golden Dreams at Disney California Adventure Park, the second gate at the Disneyland Resort, in 2000. The show, which explains the history of the Golden State (California), opened on February 8, 2001, with the rest of the park. Golden Dreams closed in September 2008 to make way for the upcoming Little Mermaid ride planned for DCA. In 2001, Goldberg co-hosted the 50th Anniversary of I Love Lucy.

In July 2006, Goldberg became the main host of the Universal Studios Hollywood Backlot Tour, in which she appears multiple times in video clips shown to the guests on monitors placed on the trams.

She made a guest appearance on the situation comedy 30 Rock during the series' fourth season, in which she played herself, counseling Tracy Jordan on winning the "EGOT", the coveted combination of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. On July 14, 2008, Goldberg announced on The View that from July 29 to September 7, she would perform in the Broadway musical Xanadu. On November 13, 2008, Goldberg's birthday, she announced live on The View that she would be producing, along with Stage Entertainment, the premiere of Sister Act: The Musical at the London Palladium.

She gave a short message at the beginning of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 wishing all the participants good luck, and stressing the importance of UNICEF, the official charity of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Since its launch in 2008, Goldberg has been a contributor for wowOwow.com, a new website for women to talk culture, politics, and gossip.

On December 18 through 20, 2009, Goldberg performed in the Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Walt Disney World. She was given a standing ovation during her final performance for her reading of the Christmas story and her tribute to the guest choirs performing in the show with her. She made a guest appearance in Michael Jackson's short film for the single "Liberian Girl", as well as an appearance on the seventh season of the cooking reality show Hell's Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, as a special guest where she was served by the contestants. On January 14, 2010, Goldberg made a one-night-only appearance at the Minskoff Theatre to perform in the mega-hit musical The Lion King. That same year, she attended the Life Ball in Austria.

Goldberg made her West End debut as the Mother Superior in a musical version of Sister Act for a limited engagement set for August 10–31, 2010, but prematurely left the cast on August 27 to be with her family; her mother had suffered from a severe stroke. However, she later returned to the cast for five performances. The show closed on October 30, 2010.

Entrepreneurship

Goldberg is co-founder of Whoopi & Maya, a company that makes medical cannabis products for women seeking relief from menstrual cramps. Goldberg says she was inspired to go into business by "a lifetime of difficult periods and the fact that cannabis was literally the only thing that gave me relief". The company was launched in April 2016.

Activism

Goldberg is an advocate for human rights, moderating a panel at the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit on how social networks can be used to fight violent extremism in 2008, and also moderating a panel at the UN in 2009 on human rights, children and armed conflict, terrorism, human rights, and reconciliation.

On April 1, 2010, Goldberg joined Cyndi Lauper in the launch of her Give a Damn campaign to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the LGBT community. The campaign aims to bring straight people to ally with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community. Other names included in the campaign are Jason Mraz, Elton John, Judith Light, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Kardashian West, Clay Aiken, Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne. Her high-profile support for LGBT rights and AIDS activism dates from the 1987 March on Washington, in which she participated.

On an episode of The View that aired on May 9, 2012, Goldberg stated she is a member of the National Rifle Association. Goldberg is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

Goldberg also serves on the national council advisory board of the National Museum of American Illustration.

Personal life

Goldberg has been married three times. She was married to Alvin Martin from 1973 to 1979; to cinematographer David Claessen from 1986 to 1988; and to union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg from 1994 to 1995.

Goldberg has been romantically linked with actors Frank Langella and Ted Danson. Danson controversially appeared in blackface during her 1993 Friars Club roast. She has stated that she has no plans to marry again, commenting "Some people are not meant to be married and I am not meant to. I'm sure it is wonderful for lots of people." In a 2011 interview with Piers Morgan, she explained that she never loved the men she married and commented: "You have to really be committed to them...I don't have that commitment. I'm committed to my family."

In 1991, Goldberg spoke out about her abortion in The Choices We Made: Twenty-Five Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion. In that book, she claimed to have used a coat hanger to terminate a pregnancy at age 14.

When Goldberg was eighteen, she gave birth to a daughter, Alexandrea Martin, who also became an actress and producer. Through her daughter, Goldberg has three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Goldberg has stated that she was once a "high functioning" drug addict; at one point, she was too terrified to even leave her bed to use the toilet. She has stated that she smoked marijuana before accepting the Best Supporting Actress award for Ghost in 1991.

Goldberg has dyslexia.

Goldberg has lived in Llewellyn Park, a neighborhood in West Orange, New Jersey, saying she moved there to be able to be outside in private. She has expressed a preference for defining herself by the gender-neutral term "actor" rather than "actress", saying: "An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor – I can play anything."

On August 29, 2010, Goldberg's mother, Emma Johnson, died after suffering a stroke. She left London at the time, where she had been performing in Sister Act the Musical, but returned to perform on October 22, 2010. In 2015, Goldberg's brother Clyde died of a brain aneurysm.

In March 2019, Goldberg revealed that she had been battling pneumonia and sepsis, which caused her to take a leave of absence from The View.

Awards and honors

Having acted in over 150 films, Goldberg is one of the few people to achieve the EGOT, having won the four major American awards for professional entertainers: an Emmy (Television), a Grammy (Music), an Oscar (Film), and a Tony (Theater). Following earning a salary of $7 to 12 million for the film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Goldberg became the highest-paid actress at the time.

Goldberg has received two Academy Award nominations, for The Color Purple and Ghost, winning for Ghost. She is the first African American to have received Academy Award nominations for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. She has received three Golden Globe nominations, winning two (Best Actress in 1986 for The Color Purple, and Best Supporting Actress in 1991 for Ghost). For Ghost, she also won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1991. In February 2002, Goldberg sent her Oscar statuette from Ghost to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be cleaned and replated. During this time, the statuette was taken from its shipping container and later retrieved by the shipping company, UPS.

She won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1985 for "Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway," becoming only the second solo woman performer—not part of a duo or team—at the time to receive the award, and the first African-American woman. Goldberg is one of only three single women performers to receive that award. She won a Tony Award in 2002 as a producer of the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has received eight Daytime Emmy nominations, winning two. She has received nine Primetime Emmy nominations. In 2009, Goldberg won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for her role on The View. She shared the award with her then co-hosts Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Barbara Walters.

She is the recipient of the 1985 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for her solo performance on Broadway. She has won three People's Choice Awards. She has been nominated for five American Comedy Awards with two wins (Funniest Supporting Actress in 1991 for Ghost and Funniest Actress in 1993 for Sister Act). In 2001, she won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Her humanitarian efforts include working for Comic Relief, having reunited with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams for the 20th Anniversary of Comic Relief. In 1999, she received the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vanguard Award for her continued work in supporting the gay and lesbian community, as well as the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.

In 1990, Goldberg was officially named an honorary member of the Harlem Globetrotters exhibition basketball team by the members. In July 2010, the Ride of Fame honored Goldberg with a double-decker tour bus in New York City for her life's achievements. In 2017, Goldberg was named a Disney Legend for her contributions to the Walt Disney Company.

Discography

  • 1985: Original Broadway Recording (Geffen/Warner Bros. Records)
  • 1985: The Color Purple
  • 1988: Fontaine: Why Am I Straight? (MCA Records)
  • 1989: The Long Walk Home (Miramax Films)
  • 1992: Sarafina (Hollywood Pictures/Miramax Films)
  • 1992: Sister Act—Soundtrack (Hollywood/Elektra Records)
  • 1993: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit—Soundtrack (Hollywood/Elektra Records)
  • 1994: Corrina Corrina (New Line Cinema)
  • 2001: Call Me Claus (One Ho Productions)
  • 2005: Live on Broadway: The 20th Anniversary Show (DRG Records)

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Whoopi Goldberg Herself Also writer
1996 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Prologus; Pseudolus
2001–2007 Golden Dreams Califa Voice role only
2002 Thoroughly Modern Millie Producer
2003 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Ma Rainey Also producer
2004 Whoopi Herself Also writer
2008 Xanadu Calliope/Aphrodite
2010 Sister Act Mother Superior (West End) Also produced show on Broadway
2020 Sister Act Deloris van Cartier

Awards and nominations

Year Accolade Title Results
1985 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress The Color Purple Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, New Generation Award Nominated
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress The Color Purple Won
1986 Academy Award for Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Won
Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording Whoopi Goldberg Original Broadway Show Record Won
Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Moonlighting Nominated
1987 American Comedy Award, Funniest Actress in a Motion PIcture Jumpin' Jack Flash Nominated
1988 Image Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture The Color Purple Won
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award, Favorite Movie Actress Fatal Beauty Won
1989 CableACE Award, Actress in a Comedy Series Whoopi Goldberg: Fontaine...Why Am I Straight Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Performance in a Children's Special CBS Schoolbreak Special Nominated
Golden Raspberry Award, Worst Lead Actress The Telephone Nominated
Grammy Award, Best Comedy Recording Fontaine: Why Am I Straight Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award, Favorite Movie Actress The Telephone Won
1990 American Comedy Award, Funniest Female Performer in a Television Special Network, Cable or Syndication Comic Relief III Nominated
Image Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Fatal Beauty Won
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award, Best Supporting Actress Ghost Won
1991 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
American Comedy Award, Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Won
British Academy Film Award, Best Supporting Actress Won
Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series A Different World Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, Best Supporting Actress Ghost Won
Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series Captain Planet and the Planeteers Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Children's Special
Tales from the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown Class Clown Nominated
Golden Globe Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Ghost Won
Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actress Won
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award, Humanitarian award Won
1992 Aftonbladet TV Prize Award, Best Foreign Television Personality – Female Captain Planet and the Planeteers Won
Award Circuit Community Award, Best Lead Actress Sister Act Nominated
Image Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Ghost Won
Image Award, Entertainer of the Year Won
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award, Favorite Movie Actress Soapdish Won
1993 American Comedy Award, Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture Sister Act Won
American Comedy Award, Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture The Player Nominated
Bravo Otto Award, Best Actress Won
CableACE Award, Entertainment Host

Comic Reilef V Won
Golden Globe Award, Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Sister Act Nominated
Hasty Pudding Theatricals Award, Woman of the Year Won
Image Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture The Long Walk Home Won
MTV Movie, Best Female Performance Sister Act Nominated
MTV Movie, Best Comedic Performance Nominated
People's Choice Award, Favorite Motion Picture Actress Won
People's Choice Award, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actress Won
ShoWest Convention Award, Female Star of the Year Won
The Stinkers Bad Movie Award, Worst Actress Made in America Nominated
1994 Bravo Otto Award, Best Actress Won
Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program The 66th Annual Academy Awards Nominated
Image Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Sister Act Won
MTV Movie, Best Comedic Performance Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award, Favorite Movie Actress Won
People's Choice Award, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actress Won
1995 American Comedy Award, Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture Corrina, Corrina Nominated
Bravo Otto Award, Best Actress Nominated
CableACE Award, Entertainment Host
Comic Relief VI Nominated
Image Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Sarafina! Nominated
People's Choice Award, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actress Won
Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actress Star Trek: Generations Nominated
1996 Award Circuit Community Award, Best Cast Ensemble
Ghosts of Mississippi Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program The 68th Annual Academy Awards Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Comic Relief VII Nominated
Fanfestival Award, Best Actress Theodore Rex Won
Image Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Boys on the Side Nominated
Image Award, Outstanding Performance in an Animated/Live-Action/Dramatic Youth or Children's Series/Special Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Nominated
People's Choice Award, Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture Won
The Stinkers Bad Movie Award, Worst Actress Bogus
Eddie
Theodore Rex
Won
1997 Golden Raspberry Award, Worst Actress Nominated
Image Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Ghosts of Mississippi Nominated
Image Award, Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special The 68th Annual Academy Awards Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award, Favorite Movie Actress Eddie Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries In the Gloaming Won
The Stinkers Bad Movie Award, Lifetime Non-Achievement award – The Hall of Shame Nominated
1998 Image Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries Cinderella Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Nominated
1999 Acapulco Black Film Festival Award, Best Actress How Stella Got Her Groove Back Nominated
American Comedy Award, Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
American Comedy Award, Funniest Female Performer in a Television Special Network, Cable or Syndication Comic Relief VIII Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Audience Participation Show/Game Show

Hollywood Squares Nominated
GLAAD Media Award, Vanguard award Won
Image Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture How Stella Got Her Groove Back Won
Image Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Nanny Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Host or Performer of a Variety, Musical, or Comedy Special The 71st Annual Academy Awards Won
2000 American Comedy Award, Funniest Female Performer in a Television Special Network, Cable or Syndication Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
Hollywood Squares Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award, Ruby Award Alice in Wonderland
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
Get Bruce
The Deep End of the Ocean
Girl, Interrupted
Won
2001 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
Hollywood Squares Nominated
The Stinkers Bad Movie Award, Worst Supporting Actress Monkeybone
Rat Race
Nominated
TV Guide Award, Personality of the Year Nominated
Walk of Fame, Star on the Walk of Fame – Motion Picture 6841 Hollywood, Blvd. Won
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award, Crystal Award Won
2002 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
Hollywood Squares Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Special Class Special
Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel Won
Image Award, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Kingdom Come Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Host or Performer of a Variety, Musical or Comedy Special The 74th Annual Academy Awards Nominated
Tony Award for Best Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Won
US Comedy Art Festival Award, AFI Star award Won
2003 Gracie Allen Award, producer
Strong Medicine Won
New York Women in Film & Television award, Muse award Won
2004 Black Reel Award, Television – Best Actress Good Fences Won
Black Reel Award, Outstanding Television or Miniseries Film
Nominated
Image Award, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Whoopi Nominated
Image Award, Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special Good Fences Won
2005 Gold Derby Award, Variety Performer Whoopi: Back to Broadway – The 20th Anniversary Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Host or Performer of a Variety, Musical, or Comedy Special Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Nominated
2007 Image Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Everybody Hates Chris Nominated
2008 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Talk Show
The View Nominated
NAMIC Vision Award, Best Performance – Comedy Whoopi Goldberg: The Word According to Whoopi Won
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Host of a Talk or Service Show
The View Nominated
People's Choice Award, Favorite Funny Female Star Nominated
TV Land Award, Favorite Character from the "Other Side" Ghost Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Special Class Programs
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Talk Show Host
The View Won
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Host of a Talk or Service Show
Nominated
People's Choice Award, Favorite Funny Female Star Nominated
2010 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Talk Show Host
The View Nominated
2011 American Casting Society, Golden Apple Award Won
Image Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture For Colored Girls Nominated
2012 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Talk Show Host
The View Nominated
Behind the Voice Actors Award, Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short
The Little Engine That Could Nominated
Made in NY Award, Honoree
Won
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series The Middle Nominated
2013 20/20 Award, Best Actress Sister Act Nominated
People's Choice Award, Favorite Daytime TV Host
The View Nominated
Provincetown International Film Festival Award, Documentary Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You Won
2014 Black Reel Award, Outstanding Actress in a Television Documentary Won
Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Narrator Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special Nominated
Critics Choice Television Award, Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries A Day Late and a Dollar Short Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Talk Show Host

The View Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries A Day Late and a Dollar Short Nominated
Women's Image Network Award, Actress Made for Television Movie/Miniseries Nominated
2015 Black Reel Award, Outstanding Television Movie or Miniseries
Nominated
Black Reel Award, Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries Nominated
2016 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
The View Nominated
2018 CinEuphoria Award, Career – Honorary Award Won
Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
The View Nominated
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