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Whoopi Goldberg

 
Date Of Birth:
November 13, 1955 (67)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Born and raised in New York City, Whoopi worked in theatre and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she performed with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre troupe. It was there that she created the characters which became "The Spook Show" and evolved into her hit Broadway show, Grammy ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 13, 1955 (67)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Born and raised in New York City, Whoopi worked in theatre and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she performed with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre troupe. It was there that she created the characters which became "The Spook Show" and evolved into her hit Broadway show, Grammy ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Los Angeles]
Hollywood Bowl Revival, 2019
Giant
  [Off-Broadway]
Roundabout Concert Production, 2017
Applegate
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Radio City Musical Hall Production, 2015
Statue of Liberty (voice)
  [West End]
Original London Production, 2009
Mother Superior [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Aphrodite [Replacement]
Calliope [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005
Performer
  [Broadway]
The 20th Anniversary Show, 2004
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2003
Ma Rainey
  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1996
Prologus [Replacement]
Pseudolus [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1984
Performer

Productions

 
[West End, 2022]
Producer
 
[US Tour, 2012]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Producer
 
[West End, 2009]
Producer
 
[US Tour, 2003]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Producer
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2000]
Producer
 
[New York, 1999]
Producer

Writing

Playwright

Whoopi Goldberg Biography

Born and raised in New York City, Whoopi worked in theatre and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she performed with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre troupe. It was there that she created the characters which became "The Spook Show" and evolved into her hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and the HBO special that helped launch her career.

Whoopi made her motion picture debut in Steven Spielberg's film version of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," for which she earned an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Her performance in "Ghost" earned her the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and she has starred in such films as "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Clara's Heart," "The Long Walk Home," "Soapdish," "Sister Act," "Made in America," "Boys on the Side," "Ghosts of Mississippi," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "Girl, Interrupted," and "The Lion King," among many others.44


Whoopi has also produced numerous series, specials and movies for television, as well as theatrical productions on Broadway and around the world, including the Tony Award-winning "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and the Tony-nominated "Sister Act: The Musical." Whoopi's Broadway credits include "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "Xanadu" and she made her West End stage debut in a special limited run as Mother Superior in "Sister Act: The Musical" in 2011.

She is a best-selling author and currently moderates ABC's Emmy Award-winning "The View," for which she has won a Daytime Emmy Award. Whoopi was recently elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which sets the Academy's strategic vision, preserves the organization's financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission. She was also honored in 2017 with the Disney Legends Award, which celebrates artists whose work has significantly contributed to Disney's enduring reputation for creative excellence.


Whoopi Goldberg is one of an elite group of artists who have won the Grammy, the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy and Daytime Emmy and a Tony Award

Whoopi Goldberg Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2011 - Unique Contribution to the Theatre Gold Star
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Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Musical
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Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Musical Gold Star
Whoopi Goldberg, Thoroughly Modern Millie
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1985 - Outstanding Solo Performance Gold Star
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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1985 - Best Debut Performance Gold Star
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Theatre World Awards - 1985 - Performance Gold Star
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Whoopi Goldberg News

Sidney Myer, Rachelle Garniez & More to Perform at Pangea in December Photo Sidney Myer, Rachelle Garniez & More to Perform at Pangea in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 25, 2022

Pangea’s holiday tree will be all a-blaze with garlands of mirthful Downtown artistry this December, featuring Sidney Myer, Tammy McCann, Roz White, and more.

Which of Your Favorite Celebs Can't Get Enough of A STRANGE LOOP? Photo Which of Your Favorite Celebs Can't Get Enough of A STRANGE LOOP?
by Team BWW - Nov 16, 2022

You have just two months left to catch the reigning Best Musical of 2022! A STRANGE LOOP, the most celebrated new musical of the year, is set to play its final Broadway performance on January 15. 2023.

Complexions Contemporary Dance Opens 28th Season at the Joyce Theater Photo Complexions Contemporary Dance Opens 28th Season at the Joyce Theater
by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2022

Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Complexions) returns to The Joyce Theater from November 22–December 4, 2022. Now in its 28th season, the company takes the stage with two no-holds-barred programs danced by a treasure trove roster of performers.

Tony Award-Winning Producer Debra Martin Chase to Speak at UT Austin Next Week Photo Tony Award-Winning Producer Debra Martin Chase to Speak at UT Austin Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 12, 2022

Tony Award-winning, Emmy nominated and Peabody Award-winning film, television and Broadway producer Debra Martin Chase (Cinderella, The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Cheetah Girls, The Equalizer TV series and many more) will return to The University of Texas at Austin on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 to discuss her work producing blockbuster projects featuring women and Black voices for TV and movie audiences.

Tickets Now On Sale for PICTURES FROM HOME Starring Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and Z Photo Tickets Now On Sale for PICTURES FROM HOME Starring Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and Zoë Wanamaker
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2022

Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of Pictures From Home. Three of the theatre’s most inventive, inspired and award-winning artists will return to the stage, bringing to vivid theatrical life a comic and dramatic portrait of a mother, a father and the son who photographed their lives.

SISTER ACT Comes to Milton Keynes Theatre This Month Photo SISTER ACT Comes to Milton Keynes Theatre This Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 9, 2022

Based on the iconic movie, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won't be found – a convent! 

TAMRON HALL Scores Its Most-Watched Week Since January Photo TAMRON HALL Scores Its Most-Watched Week Since January
by Michael Major - Nov 8, 2022

The Thursday broadcast of “Tamron Hall” (on 10/27/22) marked the show’s most-watched telecast (1.232 million Total Viewers) on any day since May 2021 – since Tuesday, 5/4/21. Thursday’s episode featured guests Whoopi Goldberg, actress Danielle Deadwyler, and podcast host and author Ashley Flowers.

Robert Bannon & Alyssa Wray to Join LIVE WITH RYE & FRIENDS ON BROADWAY at the Triad  Photo Robert Bannon & Alyssa Wray to Join LIVE WITH RYE & FRIENDS ON BROADWAY at the Triad Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 8, 2022

Live with Rye & Friends on Broadway will continue its one-year celebration on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at the Triad Theatre at 8:00 pm. Joining the continuing anniversary show as special guests are musical theater singing sensation Robert Bannon and American Idol Season 19 Top 10 finalist Alyssa Wray.

Elvis Mitchell's IS THAT BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU?!? to Premiere on Netflix on Friday Photo Elvis Mitchell's IS THAT BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU?!? to Premiere on Netflix on Friday
by Michael Major - Nov 7, 2022

Crucial artistic voices, including director Charles Burnett, Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne, Zendaya and others, artists offer their prism on the creators and films that dazzled and inspired, providing insight into the history of Black representation going back to the earliest days of cinema.

Anna Deavere Smith to be Honored With 2022 Louis Auchincloss Prize by the Museum of t Photo Anna Deavere Smith to be Honored With 2022 Louis Auchincloss Prize by the Museum of the City of New York
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

On November 14, 2022, the Museum of the City of New York will present its 2022 Louis Auchincloss Prize to Anna Deavere Smith, actor, playwright, author, and professor, for her contributions to the cultural and performing arts landscape in New York City and beyond. 

Whoopi Goldberg Videos

VIDEO: INTO THE WOODS Cast Performs 'Last Midnight' & Title Song on THE VIEW Videoplay
VIDEO: INTO THE WOODS Cast Performs 'Last Midnight' & Title Song on THE VIEW

by Michael Major - Oct 31, 2022

Watch a video of the cast of Into the Woods performing on The View's Halloween episode! The appearance included the cast performing the title number and Patina Miller performing 'Last Midnight.' The performance also featured Stephanie J. Block as the Baker's Wife, Sebastian Arcelus as The Baker, Krysta Rodriguez as Cinderella, and more.

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings SISTER ACT For THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW's Halloween Epis Videoplay
VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings SISTER ACT For THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW's Halloween Episode

by Michael Major - Oct 31, 2022

For her first Halloween episode, Jennifer Hudson dressed up as fellow EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg’s character Sister Mary Clarence from her “absolute favorite movie” “Sister Act.” The talk show host made her dream of being in the film come true with a showstopping performance of songs from the movie franchise. Watch a video of the performance now!

Video: Watch an All New Trailer For the UK Tour of SISTER ACT Videoplay
Video: Watch an All New Trailer For the UK Tour of SISTER ACT

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 25, 2022

An all new trailer has been released for the UK & Ireland tour of SISTER ACT, starring Sandra Marvin, Lesley Joseph, Clive Rowe and Lizzie Bea. Check out the video here!

VIDEO: Cheyenne Jackson Sits Down With Jennifer Hudson on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Cheyenne Jackson Sits Down With Jennifer Hudson on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

by Michael Major - Oct 20, 2022

Cheyenne tells Jennifer about attending Whoopi Goldberg’s party, how she inspired him to get a bidet, and that he thinks of her every time he uses it! The “Call Me Kat” star also reveals his impression of his co-star Leslie Jordan and how one of the cats on set reacted to Mayim Bialik singing Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Watch videos now!

VIDEO: Danielle Brooks Talks THE COLOR PURPLE & PIANO LESSON 'Full Circle' Moments on Videoplay
VIDEO: Danielle Brooks Talks THE COLOR PURPLE & PIANO LESSON 'Full Circle' Moments on THE VIEW

by Michael Major - Oct 7, 2022

Danielle Brooks spoke to original The Color Purple star Whoopi Goldberg about wrapping production on the upcoming musical film adaptation as Sofia. Now, Brooks is back on Broadway in the new revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, which she describes as another 'full circle' moment. Watch the video of her The View appearance now!

VIDEO: Whoopi Goldberg, Danielle Deadwyler & More Star in TILL Trailer Videoplay
VIDEO: Whoopi Goldberg, Danielle Deadwyler & More Star in TILL Trailer

by Michael Major - Jul 25, 2022

From director Chinonye Chukwu (Clemency), comes the true story of Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley, and a mother’s fight for justice. TILL stars Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till Mobley and Jalyn Hall as Emmett Till, also starring Frankie Faison, Haley Bennett, and Whoopi Goldberg. Watch the new trailer now!

VIDEO: First Look at All New Footage From SISTER ACT, Starring Jennifer Saunders, Kea Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at All New Footage From SISTER ACT, Starring Jennifer Saunders, Keala Settle and Beverley Knight

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 20, 2022

All new show footage has been released for SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL in London, which opened at the Eventim Apollo last night (Tuesday 19 July). Check out the video here!

VIDEO: Eva Noblezada Leads LUCK Animated Film Trailer Videoplay
VIDEO: Eva Noblezada Leads LUCK Animated Film Trailer

by Michael Major - Jul 7, 2022

Apple Original Films’ “Luck” features the voice talents of stars Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, Flula Borg, Colin O’Donoghue, John Ratzenberger and Adelynn Spoon. The animated feature is directed by Peggy Holmes from a screenplay by Kiel Murray. Watch the trailer for the new film now!

VIDEO: The Cast of SISTER ACT Performs on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT Videoplay
VIDEO: The Cast of SISTER ACT Performs on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

by Stephi Wild - Jun 6, 2022

The cast of Sister Act took the stage for a performance on the grand finale of Britain's Got Talent this weekend! Check out the full performance, led by Beverly Knight!

VIDEO: Lizzie Bea Sings 'The Life I Never Led' From SISTER ACT Videoplay
VIDEO: Lizzie Bea Sings 'The Life I Never Led' From SISTER ACT

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 11, 2022

SISTER ACT has released all new footage of Lizzie Bea singing ‘The Life I Never Led’.


Whoopi Goldberg Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Whoopi Goldberg been in?
Whoopi Goldberg has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

How many West End shows has Whoopi Goldberg been in?
Whoopi Goldberg has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Whoopi Goldberg's first West End show?
Whoopi Goldberg's first West End show was Sister Act which opened in 2009

What awards has Whoopi Goldberg been nominated for?
Unique Contribution to the Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Sister Act , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Thoroughly Modern Millie , Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Whoopi Goldberg Best Debut Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Whoopi Goldberg and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Whoopi Goldberg .

What awards has Whoopi Goldberg won?
Unique Contribution to the Theatre (Drama League Awards), Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Whoopi Goldberg Best Debut Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Whoopi Goldbergand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Whoopi Goldberg.

How many shows has Whoopi Goldberg written?
Whoopi Goldberg has written 1 shows including Whoopi (Playwright).