Whoopi Goldberg

By: Olivia Miller

Early Ages

  • Grew up in the Manhattan's Chelsea housing.
  • Raised by her mother and without a father figure.
  • Originally named "Caryn Elaine Johnson"
  • Dropped out of high school at age 17

Personal Life

  • Briefly married to a man who was previously her drug counselor (1970's-1974).
  • She had a daughter named Alexandrea.
  • Following her first marriage she married cameraman David Claessen.
  • She has three grand kids named Amarah Skye, Jerzey, and Mason

Big Break

  • In 1974 she moved to California.
  • She mad a living by various jobs an example such as a mortuary beautician.
  • She won the Bay Area Theater Award.
  • Returned to New York and starred in the hit "Spook Show".


  • Appeared in over 80 film and television productions.
  • Won numerous awards for her supporting role as oda Mae Brown in "Ghost".
  • First African American woman to win the Academy Award for best supporting actress in nearly 50 years.

The Whoopi Goldberg Show

  • Launched in 1992.
  • The category of the show was a talk show.
  • It played 5 times a week.
  • Whoopi would have celebrity guests appear on the show.