Caryn Elaine Johnson, better known by her stage name, Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, television host, comedian and author. She is one of the few entertainers who has been the recipient of a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy Award.
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Born on, November 13, 1955, in Manhattan, New York, to Emma and Robert James Johnson, Jr., Caryn was brought up in the Chelsea-Elliot Houses. She studied at a local Catholic School when she was young and eventually dropped out of Washington Irving High School.
Caryn’s first marriage to Alvin Martin lasted from 1973-79. They had one child together, Alexandrea Martin.
Her second marriage to David Claessen lasted only for two years.
Her third marriage to Lyle Trachtenberg was dissolved within one year, lasting from 1994-1995.
She has not married since.
Her brother Clive died of a brain aneurysm in 2015.
Johnson has also battled with drug abuse and labelled herself as a high-functioning addict at one point in her life.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 13 November 1955, Whoopi Goldberg is 64 years old as of today’s date 7th November 2020. Her height is 1.65 m tall, and her weight is 78 kg.
Caryn’s first on-screen appearance was in Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away in 1982. At this time, she also created The Spook Show, which the director Mike Nichols took to Broadway. Her play enjoyed a successful run in Broadway and was taped and aired on HBO as, Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway.
The director, Steven Spielberg, was impressed by her performance and cast her in the film, The Color Purple, which earned her both critical and commercial success.
In the late 1980’s she appeared in films like Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Burglar, Fatal Beauty, The Telephone and Clara’s Heart.
In 1990, she and Jean Stapleton starred in Bagdad Café which ran for two seasons. At the same time, she also starred in The Long Walk Home. Her role in the 1990 film, Ghost, won her widespread critical acclaim.
In 1991, she was part of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She reprised her role in its next two instalments as well. At this time, she also had her own talk show, The Whoopi Goldberg Show.
In the 1990’s she was part of films like Soapdish, Sarafina!, Made in America, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, The Lion King, The Pagemaster, Boys on the Side, Moonlight and Valentino.
She also acted as host for the Academy Awards in 1994. 1996, 1999 and 2002.
Since 1996, she has been part of projects like Bogus, Eddie, The Associate, Ghosts of Mississippi, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Girl, Interrupted, Kingdom Come, Rat Race, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Top Five.
In 1998, she was a part of Hollywood Squares.
In 2003, she filmed for an HBO documentary called, Unchained Memories.
She also acted as producer for Strong Medicine, Just for Kicks and Whoopi’s Littleburg.
In 2007, she became one of the hosts of the TV Show, The View.
Awards and Achievements
Whoopi holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman to be nominated for the categories of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the Academy Awards. She won an Academy Award for her role in Ghost.
She has been nominated for the Golden Globe Awards and has won it twice.
She won a Grammy in 1985 and a Tony Award in 2002.
She has won a Daytime Emmy Award twice and has been nominated nine times for a Primetime Emmy Award.
Net Worth & Salary of Whoopi Goldberg in 2020
As of November 2020, Whoopi has a net worth of $60 million stemming from her successful career in Hollywood.
Whoopi is a phenomenal actress who has broken many glass ceilings for African-American actors at large. She is a delight to watch on the screen.