Whoopi Goldberg is one of an elite group of artists who have won the Grammy, the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy and Daytime Emmy and a Tony Award. She is equally well-known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other causes and charities.
Born and raised in New York City, Whoopi worked in theatre and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she performed with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre troupe. It was there that she created the characters which became “The Spook Show” and evolved into her hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and the HBO special that helped launch her career.
Whoopi made her motion picture debut in Steven Spielberg’s film version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” for which she earned an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Her performance in “Ghost” earned her the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and she has starred in such films as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Clara’s Heart,” “The Long Walk Home,” “Soapdish,” “Sister Act,” “Made in America,” “Boys on the Side,” “Ghosts of Mississippi,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Girl, Interrupted,” and such animated classics as “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 3.” She appeared in “Big Stone Gap,” opposite Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson and in “Nobody’s Fool” opposite Tiffany Haddish and Tika Sumpter. She lends her voice to the upcoming animated features “Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk” and “Luck,” and she appears in and produces the upcoming feature film, “Till,” for MGM’s Orion Pictures.
Whoopi’s many television credits range from series, mini-series and talk shows to movies and specials. She currently moderates ABC’s Emmy Award-winning “The View,” for which she has won a Daytime Emmy Award. She appears in the 2020 adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel “The Stand,” streaming on Paramount+. She can be seen in a recurring role on Amazon’s “Harlem” and reprises her iconic role of Guinan in season two of the Paramount+ series, “Star Trek: Picard.” She will also be seen in the Amazon series, “Anansi Boys,” based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel.
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.”
She produced and made her directorial debut with the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,” which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival before its critically-acclaimed run on HBO. Most recently, she executive produced the recent Lifetime movie, “Caught in His Web.”
Whoopi and her partner Tom Leonardis produced the docu-series “According to Alex” for BET and “Strut,” the GLAAD Award-winning original series for Oxygen which follows a group of transgender models breaking down barriers in the world of fashion. Most recently, she executive produced the documentary “Waldo on Weed” which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Whoopi’s Broadway credits include “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Xanadu” and she made her West End stage debut in a special limited run as Mother Superior in “Sister Act: The Musical” in 2011.
In 1992, Whoopi made her debut as an author with her first children’s book, Alice. She also wrote Whoopi’s Big Book of Manners and the Sugar Plum Ballerinas book series for young readers and her books for adults include Book, Is It Just Me? and If Someone Says ‘You Complete Me’…Run! Rizzoli published Whoopi’s The Unqualified Hostess, in September 2019, in which she illustrates how to set a great table and shares ideas for unforgettable celebrations all at an affordable price.
In 2019, Whoopi launched her first fashion line, DUBGEE by Whoopi. Founded, designed and inspired by Whoopi, the line empowers and promotes individuality with stylish, comfortable and aspirational products that fit every body and lifestyle. She launched her own line of holiday sweaters in 2016, which expanded to include scarves and face masks in 2020 and debuted her fifth collection in 2021.
Whoopi is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission. She was also honored in 2017 with the Disney Legends Award, which celebrates artists whose work has significantly contributed to Disney’s enduring reputation for creative excellence.