Whoopi Goldberg's Life in Photos
Look back at the life of this acclaimed actress, comedian, singer and talk show host.
Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Whoopi Goldberg was performing comedy and staging one-woman shows when she was cast as Celie, the starring role in The Color Purple
, an acclaimed film directed by Steven Spielberg.
Whoopi displays her concrete-covered hands—and braids—after placing her imprint in front of Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Actor and friend Patrick Swayze
kisses Whoopi after presenting her with the Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture award at the 21st Annual People's Choice Awards.
After starring in films like Ghost, Sister Act and The Color Purple, Whoopi is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Whoopi poses with fellow comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal
at TBS' Comic Relief. This comedy special, which made its debut in 1986, has helped raise millions of dollars for people in need. To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2006, comedians join forces to support those affected by Hurricane Katrina and help rebuild New Orleans.
In addition to acting, singing and making people laugh, Whoopi also writes! She's released many children's books, including Alice and Whoopi's Big Book of Manners.
Whoopi, her daughter, Alexandrea Martin, and two of Whoopi's three grandchildren attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
characters Azibo and Elmo join Whoopi, a UN Goodwill Ambassador, to announce a worldwide initiative, Panwapa, at the United Nations International School in New York City. This Sesame Workshop program helps children gain empathy for others while encouraging a broader international perspective.
Whoopi and her co-hosts on The View
visit the Paley Center for Media. In 2007, Whoopi became the moderator on this hit daytime talk show after Rosie O'Donnell
Whoopi and former South African president Nelson Mandela
share a friendly embrace.
Whoopi celebrates the release of her books Is It Just Me?: Or Is It Nuts Out There? and Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel at a bookstore in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Photo: George Burns/Harpo Studios