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Whoopi Goldberg

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Goldberg began her career on stage in 1983 with her one-woman show, Spook Show, which transferred to Broadway under the title Whoopi Goldberg, running from 1984 to 1985. She won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the recording of the show. Her film breakthrough came in 1985 with her role as Celie, a mistreated woman in the Deep South, in Steven Spielberg's period drama film The Color Purple, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. For her role as an eccentric psychic in the romantic fantasy film Ghost (1990), she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a second Golden Globe Award. She starred in the comedy Sister Act (1992) and its sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), becoming the highest-paid actress at the time. She also starred in Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Clara's Heart (1988), Soapdish (1991), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), and Till (2022). She also is known for voicing roles in The Lion King (1994), and Toy Story 3 (2010).

On stage, Goldberg has starred in the Broadway revivals of Stephen Sondheim's musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and August Wilson's play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. She won a Tony Award as a producer of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. In 2011 she received her third Tony Award nomination for the stage adaptation of Sister Act (2011). She made her West End stage debut in a special limited run as Mother Superior in "Sister Act: The Musical" in 2011.

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."

On television, Goldberg portrayed Guinan in the science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988-1993), and Star Trek: Picard (2022). Since 2007, she has co-hosted and moderated the daytime talk show The View, for which she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. She has hosted the Academy Awards ceremony four times.

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Whoopi Goldberg STAGE CREDITS

[Los Angeles]
Hollywood Bowl Revival, 2019

Roundabout Concert Production, 2017

New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer [Replacement]

Radio City Musical Hall Production, 2015
Statue of Liberty (voice)

[West End]
Original London Production, 2009
Mother Superior [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 2007
Aphrodite [Replacement]

Calliope [Replacement]

Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005

The 20th Anniversary Show, 2004

Broadway Revival, 2003
Ma Rainey

Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice

Broadway Revival, 1996
Prologus [Replacement]

Pseudolus [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1984

Whoopi Goldberg Productions

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



Whoopi Goldberg Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2011 - Unique Contribution to the Theatre

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Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Musical

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Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Musical

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Drama Desk Awards - 1985 - Outstanding Solo Performance

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1985 - Best Debut Performance

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Theatre World Awards - 1985 - Performance

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Whoopi Goldberg News

Joshua Henry, Caissie Levy, Kara Lindsay & More to Join 2024 WP Theater Gala

WP Theater has revealed the presenters and performers for its 2024 Annual Gala. See who is taking part and learn how to purchase tickets.

Video: Whoopi Goldberg Says She Had 'No Business' Doing Musicals

EGOT winner and host of The View Whoopi Goldberg stopped by The Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday to discuss her new memoir, Bits and Piece: My Mother, My Brother, and Me. In addition to her memoir, Goldberg talked about her history in musicals, such as Sister Act and other projects. Watch the interview!

Rhonda Burchmore Joins SISTER ACT in Australia

Rhonda Burchmore will join Casey Donovan and Genevieve Lemon in Sister Act in Australia!

Video: Whoopi Goldberg Recalls Offering Pope Francis an Appearance in SISTER ACT 3

On Wednesday, EGOT winner and host of The View Whoopi Goldberg stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss her new memoir, Bits and Pieces. During the interview, she highlighted her affinity for the current head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and recalled her interaction with him. Watch the interview here!

Tribeca to Feature 'DeNiro Con' With Guests Martin Scorsese, Whoopi Goldberg, & More

De Niro Con​, a celebration of 80 years of Robert De Niro, has unveiled its programming lineup. Coinciding with the 2024 Tribeca Festival, this three-day tribute takes place at Spring Studios in New York City from June 14-16. De Niro Con is powered by Webex Events, allowing fans to download an exclusive app to make the most of their Con experience. See the full lineup here!

THE COLOR PURPLE to be Presented at Arts Garage in June

Arts Garage is presenting another stirring and thought-provoking theatrical event—with general admission tickets priced at only $10 each. Learn more about The Color Purple and see how to purchase tickets.

Darlington Hippodrome Reveals Summer 2024 Season Lineup

The curtain has gone up on Darlington Hippodrome’s new summer season of shows! Learn more about the full season lineup here.

Video: Netflix Releases Trailer for Kevin Hart's Mark Twain Prize

Netflix has released a trailer for the 25th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor honoring Kevin Hart, which will premiere on Netflix on May 11th during Netflix is a Joke Fest. The ceremony, which was filmed at the Kennedy Center on March 24th, featured a star-studded list of talent including Dave Burd AKA “Lil Dicky,” Dave Chappelle, Jimmy Fallon, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Chelsea Handler, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke and more. 

Video: Marc Shaiman Will Premiere Variety Concert in San Diego This Summer

This variety show-style concert will include stories about his work with such superstars as Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Bette Midler, Billy Crystal and more!

FROM THE BACK OF THE HOUSE Memoir Of A Broadway Theatre Manager, To Be Published In June

Dan Landon was a Broadway theatre manager for nearly 40 years, working on more than 9000 performances of 50 shows. He has written his memoir, From the Back of the House, which will be published by Ibis Books on June 13, 2024.


JOE'S PUB will present the return of the long-running downtown variety institution, The Meeting* with Justin Elizabeth Sayre. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Interview: Jocelyn Bioh on the Success of JAJA'S AFRICAN HAIR BRAIDING & Broadway Representation

BroadwayWorld spoke with playwright Jocelyn Bioh about her inspiration for Jaja's African Hair Braiding, why the success of the play was so meaningful, her organization Black Women on Broadway, and much more. Read the interview here!

El Capitan Theatre Presents ONE NIGHT ONLY Featuring SISTER ACT, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, And More

Join the El Capitan Theatre for 'One Night Only' from April 27-30, as it brings back four cherished favorites to the big screen. Don't miss this unique cinematic experience.

12th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS to Take Place at Joe's Pub in June

The 12th annual “Night of a Thousand Judys” – the Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre – will be performed at Joe’s Pub. Learn more about the event and see how to purchase tickets.

Review: GHOST: THE MUSICAL at Music Theatre of Connecticut

GHOST: THE MUSICAL closes 37th season at Music Theatre Of Connecticut with a heartwarming story.

Casey Donovan to Star as Deloris Van Cartier in SISTER ACT Musical in Australia

Casey Donovan has been confirmed to lead the cast of the most heavenly of musicals, Sister Act, when it opens at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney from August and the Regent Theatre in Melbourne from November.

National Dance Institute To Host 48th Annual Gala At Ziegfeld Ballroom

National Dance Institute (NDI) will return to the Ziegfeld Ballroom for its Annual Gala on Monday, April 15, 2024.

Garden Of Dreams Talent Show Returns To Radio City Music Hall Next Month

On the heels of a record-setting Garden of Laughs fundraiser, the annual Garden of Dreams Talent Show will return to Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 7:00PM.

Review: DAMN YANKEES at Desert Theatricals

What did our critic think of DAMN YANKEES at Desert Theatricals?

Kathy Griffin Brings Her Live Tour To Madison This Month

Kathy Griffin is returning to the stage with her brand-new standup comedy show tour, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the PTSD-List.


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?

Whoopi Goldberg has been nominated for several awards in the theater world, including Unique Contribution to the Theatre at the Drama League Awards, Best Musical at the Tony Awards for "Sister Act" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," Outstanding Solo Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for Whoopi Goldberg, Best Debut Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Whoopi Goldberg, and Performance at the Theatre World Awards for Whoopi Goldberg.

What awards has Whoopi Goldberg won?

Whoopi Goldberg has won several awards for her contributions to the theatre, including the Unique Contribution to the Theatre from the Drama League Awards, Best Musical at the Tony Awards for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Outstanding Solo Performance at the Drama Desk Awards, Best Debut Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards.

How many shows has Whoopi Goldberg written?

Whoopi Goldberg has written 1 shows including Whoopi (Playwright).

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