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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

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Musical

Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act

Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Musical

Whoopi Goldberg, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Theatre World Awards - 1985 - Performance

Whoopi Goldberg, Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg Videos

Whoopi Goldberg News

Photos: First Look at the UK and Ireland Tour of SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL

All new photos have been released for the Olivier Award nominated production of SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL, as it returns for its UK and Ireland tour. Check out the photos here!

The Prince Fellowship Reveals 2023 Fellows

The Prince Fellowship, in association with Columbia University School of the Arts, has revealed that Maxwell Beer has received The Prince Fellowship and Amy Marie Haven has received the Prince/TTLP Fellowship.

Hello, Gorgeous: FUNNY GIRL is Produced for the First Time in Brazil

Funny Girl gets a Brazilian production directed by Barchilon, starring Giulia Nadruz and Eriberto Leao as protagonists. With score by J. Styne, and lyrics by B. Merrill, the semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of comedian and Broadway star Fanny Brice, featuring her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.

Whoopi Goldberg Returns to THE VIEW Following Absence

Whoopi Goldberg has returned to The View following her bout with COVID-19. Her return comes after the moderator missed the first week of the talk show's 27th season. Joy Behar moderated in Goldberg's place for the premiere week, joined by returning co-hosts Sara Haines, Ana Navarro, Sunny Hoston, and Alyssa Farrah Griffin.

Video: First Look at THE VIEW's New Set For Season 27

The View, America’s most-watched daytime talk show, returned for a new season with a brand new set. Joy Behar, who moderated the episode, was joined by returning co-hosts Sara Haines, Ana Navarro, Sunny Hoston, and Alyssa Farrah Griffin to show off the show's new table, chairs, and screen display. Watch the video of the first segment now!

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For the UK and Ireland Tour of SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL

Rehearsal images have been released for the UK and Ireland tour of the Olivier Award nominated production of SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL, which returns this week – opening at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, from Friday 8 September. Check out the photos here!

BINGE FREE FESTIVAL Starts October 15 At Santa Monica Playhouse

Santa Monica Playhouse has been a cultural treasure in the seaside community for 63 years. Now, the Playhouse is giving love back with its Eighth Annual Binge Free Festival, five weeks of free performances, workshops, and music in Santa Monica's ONLY fringe festival. The BFF's primary focus is on Santa Monica and Los Angeles-based artists, but there will be exciting international artists on view as well.

Sheryl Lee Ralph Unveils Transformative Rebranding & Global Expansion of the Diva Foundation

Sheryl Lee Ralph created her charitable organization, The DIVA Foundation, 33 years ago to mobilize resources, fight stigma, fundraise, and deliver urgent messaging around the awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. The Foundation has launched efforts that harness the power of the arts to amplify awareness.

THE VIEW to Return For Season 27 With New Set, Podcast & More

The women who made “The View” the most-watched daytime talk show in America for the third year in a row — led by moderator Whoopi Goldberg with co-hosts Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Alyssa Farah Griffin and Ana Navarro — are all returning to their seats at a brand-new table. Plus, “The View” is expanding its “Behind the Table” podcast.

THE HU Announce 'Warrior Souls' Headlining U.S. West Coast Tour

THE HU will bring their warrior anthems and galvanizing live performance to audiences along the West Coast later this fall. The group announced a headlining run of dates following the completion of their co-headlining U.S. “Psycho Thunder” tour with Asking Alexandria from August 30 until October 8.

Review: SISTER ACT at Theatre Memphis

What did our critic think of SISTER ACT at Theatre Memphis? For those of an older generation, did you ever look back at sitcoms from the 1970’s and wish they were set to music? Did you ever wish Fred Sanford (from “Sanford and Son”) or Squiggy (from “Laverne and Shirley) broke out into song to better share their deeper wants and desires?

New York Theatre Workshop Reveals 2023/24 Season 2050 Administrative Fellows & Producing Fellow

Find out what's in store for New York Theatre Workshop's 2023/24 season as they announce their lineup and introduce the 2050 Administrative Fellows. Get a sneak peek into the productions and meet the talented individuals who will contribute to the success of the theater.


What did our critic think of SKELETON CREW at PTC-CHARTS Black Box?

Magic Theatre Extends Run of World Premiere Play JOSEPHINE'S FEAST

Join us at the Magic Theatre for the world premiere of 'Josephine's Feast,' a captivating new play. Don't miss your chance to experience the enchanting world of this mesmerizing production, running until August 30th. Book your tickets now!

Review: The Muny's SISTER ACT is Fabulous Baby!

The Muny has delivered a big, bold, over-the-top production of delightful disco divinity that exceeds every expectation. Credit Director and Choreographer Dennis Jones for his directorial vision and collaboration with the entire production team. He, and The Muny’s casting partners at The Telsey Office, have assembled a phenomenal cast with loads of talent, who supply big laughs, and deliver exceptional vocal performances while executing on Jones’ spirited choreography. The acting is superb. Every member of this onstage company performs at their highest level. The orchestrations are first rate. The choreography is amusing and animated. The scenic design is grandiose. The interior of the gothic church on the large Muny turntable is cathedral-like. Huge accolades to the Muny’s costume shop and costume designer Leon Dobkowski. The vintage 1970s costumes are flashy, colorful eye candy. The flow of Dobkowski’s costumes enhanced every movement of the energetic choreography. Shelby Leonard’s dazzling lighting design rivaled the glittery costumes and created a lighthearted and carnivalesque mood. Everything about this Muny production is miraculous.

THE VIEW Co-Hosts Will All Return For Season 27 Following #1 Ratings

All of The View co-hosts will return for the upcoming 27th season, including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Ana Navarro, and Alyssa Farah Griffin. The View ended the 2022-2023 season as the No. 1 daytime talk show. The show averaged 2.375 million total viewers for the season, topping other shows like LIVE! With Kelly & Mark.

OWN's New Five-Part Docu-Series 'Time of Essence,' to Premiere on Friday

“Times of Essence” features thought leaders, celebrities and culture defining influencers in the series, including: Ms. Oprah Winfrey, Oscar®-winning actresses Halle Berry and Whoopi Goldberg; Emmy®-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Regina Hall and Taye Diggs; Golden Globe®-winning actress Taraji P. Henson; and more.

SISTER ACT UK and Ireland Tour Reveals Casting and Further Dates

The producers of the 2023 Olivier Award nominated production of SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL have announced casting and an extended 12-months of the UK and Ireland tour, returning this Autumn from Friday 8 September at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend. Full tour schedule listed here.

Buck Creek Playhouse to Present SORDID LIVES in August

Buck Creek Players will present the first show of its 50th season with this play on their mainstage. 6 live in-person performances will be held at the playhouse starting Friday, August 4th and running through Sunday, August 13th. 

Ánimo Production to Present THE 7TH ANNUAL BOLEROS DE NOCHE in August

Captivating audiences for nearly a decade, Ánimo Production will present the 7th annual Boleros de Noche, a weekend celebration on 'Dia del Bolero' [Bolero Day] as declared by The City Council of Los Angeles. 


Whoopi Goldberg has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

Whoopi Goldberg has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

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

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 .

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.

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

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