Who is Whoopi Goldberg and what is her net worth? Whoopi Goldberg is an actress who has appeared in several television shows and films. Goldberg is only the second black actress to win an Academy Award for acting. In 1985, she has appeared in the critically acclaimed film ‘The Color Purple’. She has also featured in successful movies like ‘Ghost’, and ‘The Sister Act’. She has portrayed the role of Guinan in the TV series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’. She is also an author and TV host who has received 13 Emmy nominations. She is also an activist who supports the LGBT community.
Caryn Elaine Johnson popularly referred as Whoopi Goldberg was born on November 13, 1955, in Manhattan, New York City. She was born to parents Emma Johnson and Robert James Johnson, Jr. Her father was a clergyman and her mother worked as a teacher and nurse. She also had a brother named Clyde who died in 2015 of a brain aneurysm. As a child, she attended the St Columba’s which was a local Catholic School.
She then went to Washington Irvin High School only to drop out. She was given her stage name ‘Whoopi’ from ‘whoopee cushion’. Goldberg stayed in Germany from the period of 1979 to 1981. She began to take acting training from HB Studio with Uta Hagen in New York City.
Her first onscreen appearance was in ‘Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away’ in 1982. The following year she created a one-woman show called ‘The Spook Show’. In 1984 she was seen in the Broadway which was called ‘Whoopi Goldberg’. She gave a total of 156 performances in the Broadway.
Whoopi Goldberg married Alvin Martin in 1973. The couple has got a daughter named Alexandrea Martin. She divorced Martin in 1979. From 1986 to 1988 she was married to David Claessen. In 1994, she was married to Lyle Trachtenberg and got divorced in 1995. She was also romantically linked with actors Ted Danson, Timothy Dalton, and Frank Langella.
Whoopi Goldberg’s performance in the Broadway was noticed by director Steven Speilberg. He decided to cast her in his upcoming movie ‘The Color Purple’. The movie was released in 1985 and went on to become a commercial and critical success. The movie later bagged 11 Oscar nominations including a Best Actress nomination for Goldberg. She then appeared in movies like ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘Burglar’, ‘Fatal Beauty’ and ‘The Telephone’. In 1990, she appeared in the TV series ‘Bagdad Café’.
This was followed by her role as a psychic in the fantasy/romance movie ‘Ghost’. Her role in the movie made her win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She then appeared in ‘Soapdish’ and ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’. In 1992, Goldberg was seen in the movie ‘Sister Act’ which became a commercial success. This was followed by ‘Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.’ In 2003, she appeared in the documentary ‘Unchained Memories’ on HBO. In 2007, she became the co-host of the show ‘The View’.
Whoopi Goldberg has received one Academy Award out of 2 nominations. She has also received three Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, Grammy Award, and Toni Award. Goldberg has also received two American Comedy Awards out of five nominations. She has received two Daytime Emmys out of eight nominations and has received nine Primetime Emmy nominations.
Whoopi Goldberg Net Worth
Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in over 150 movies in her career. She was the highest paid actress of all time in the 1990s. By doing so, she has made good money in her career. Whoopi Goldberg’s net worth is an estimated $50 million. Apart from acting, she is also an entrepreneur and is the co-founder of the company called ‘Whoopi & Maya’.
She has also written several books and has also lent her voice in many movies like ‘The Lion King’, ‘The Pagemaster’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, Descendants’, and ‘A Warrior’s Tail’. She has appeared in a number of TV shows and has also hosted several shows including the 74th Academy Awards and the 62nd Tony Awards.
Whoopi Goldberg has been named as a Disney Legend. She is an activist, who has been voicing for LGBT rights and AIDS awareness. She has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.