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We celebrate one of Hollywood’s most talented movie stars, Whoopi Goldberg!
The Grammy award winning screen magnet boasts of an enviable film career and proudly takes her place among a very small group of celebrities who’ve achieved “EGOT” status, winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.
Born Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13, 1955, Goldberg together with her brother Clyde was raised by their single mother Emma who worked a variety of jobs to keep the family going.
After a while Goldberg decided to change her name as she felt her birth name was too boring.
Goldberg unknowingly suffered from dyslexia, which ultimately made her to drop out of high school at the age of 17.
During her early days while trying to launch her career in show business she worked as a mortuary beautician.
The year 1985 would prove instrumental to Whoopi Goldberg’s career; she starred in a popular one-woman production two years prior and in 1985 she won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. That same year, Goldberg’s success with The Color Purple launched a highly visible acting career. The film won 10 Academy Awards and five Golden Globe nominations. Goldberg herself received an Oscar.
Goldberg won an Academy Award in 1991 for her performance in Ghost, she also warmed hearts with her stirring performance in 1992 hit movie Sister Act.
The 90s saw Goldberg command one of the highest salaries as an actress.
In 2007 she embarked on a lengthy run as moderator of the TV talk show The View. Goldberg is well reputed as the longtime host of the daytime talk show.
She is also a vocal activist for gay rights.
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