As told to Arianna Davis
November 12, 2013
The comedian, who directed the new HBO documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, fills in the blanks. My favorite piece of advice is... If you're prepared for people not to like you, it's easier to be yourself. My mom once told me this, and I thought it was the smartest thing I'd ever heard. She had two strange children, so I think she knew we needed a little bit of preparation.
I wish I had known sooner... that I like being on my own. If I'd figured that out earlier, I probably wouldn't have gotten married three times.
If I were stranded on a desert island, I'd... bring several cases of Wise potato chips. I'd need sustenance to run around collecting wood, light it, and blow on it to make a fire. Then people could see my smoke signal, rescue me immediately, and take me to my house...where I'd eat more potato chips.
A day in my life goes like... I wake up, get dressed, sit on a rocket, and blast off to interviews, The View, and some event like christening a ship. Then there's a lunch or dinner where I eat stuff I'm not interested in, and next I'm at a play or an opera. Then I'm in a car where I sit in New Jersey traffic, and finally, I'm back home with my cat, Oliver, explaining that I do all of this so he can eat.