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Whoopi Goldberg

Highest Rated:   100% Under African Skies (2012)
Lowest Rated:   0% Homer & Eddie (1989)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York, USA
Though best known as an outspoken comedienne, Whoopi Goldberg is also a talented dramatic actress. By virtue of her distinctive appearance and a persona that is both no-nonsense and empathic, Goldberg has emerged as one of the most recognizable celebrities of the '80s and '90s.Born Caryn Johnson on November 13, 1955 in New York City, Goldberg began her long career when she was eight years old, performing with New York's Helena Rubenstein Children's Theater. She then went on to study with the Hudson Guild children's arts program and attended the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts. After graduating, Goldberg occasionally won small parts in Broadway productions such as Hair, Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar, but also supported herself doing odd jobs like bricklaying and serving as a funeral parlor make-up artist. In 1975, Goldberg moved West and helped found the San Diego Repertory Theater, where she appeared in a number of plays, including Brecht's Mother Courage and Marsha Norman's Getting Out. After several stints with the Spontaneous Combustion improvisational troupe and work in avant-garde productions at Berkeley's Blake Street Hawkeyes theater, Goldberg devised The Spook Show, a one woman satirical production in which she played several characters. The show, which originated in San Francisco, eventually toured the U.S. and Europe, earning acclaim and the attention of director Mike Nichols. Nichols went on to direct a 1984 Broadway version of the show, which earned Goldberg Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, as well as a Grammy for the album recording.Goldberg made an auspicious Hollywood debut with her portrayal of Celie, the lead character in Steven Spielberg's controversial 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker's novel. Goldberg's moving performance was rewarded with an Oscar nomination and Best Actress Golden Globe, as well as instant stardom for the actress. Although Goldberg's film career looked promising, the actress unfortunately spent much of the decade's remainder appearing in terrible action comedies such as Fatal Beauty and Burglar (both 1987) that did not do her comic gifts justice. Her one partial success during this period was her first action comedy, Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), which did relatively well at the box office and gave her a certain cult status. In 1988, Goldberg took a break from comedy with a memorable turn as a worldly Jamaican nanny in the otherwise unremarkable Clara's Heart. She also made numerous appearances in television specials, most notably as a co-host for the annual Comic Relief benefit for the homeless. Her attempt at sitcoms failed with the short-lived series Bagdad Cafe, but she did find greater television success with a small but crucial recurring role as the sagacious intergalactic bartender Guinan on the syndicated Star Trek: The Next Generation. Around the same time, Goldberg's film career underwent a sharp turn-around. She won acclaim playing a selfless housekeeper opposite Sissy Spacek in the provocative Civil Rights drama The Long Walk Home (1989), and then played an eccentric con artist possessing unexpected psychic powers in the 1990 smash hit Ghost. Goldberg's funny yet moving performance earned her her first Oscar and the widespread opinion that this marked her comeback performance. After a couple of missteps that had a few people rethinking this verdict, Goldberg scored again with the 1992 hit comedy Sister Act. Nominated for Golden Globes and two NAACP awards, the film spawned mass ticket sales and an unsuccessful 1993 sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Meanwhile, Goldberg also continued her television work with a 1992 late night talk show. A laid back affair that ran for 200 episodes, it was praised by critics but failed to secure high ratings and went on permanent hiatus after only six months. However, Goldberg continued to appear on TV with her recurring role

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet A Very Sordid Wedding
  • Actor
2017
92% Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet King of the Dancehall
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet 50 Years of Star Trek
  • Actor
2016
35% Big Stone Gap
  • Fleeta Mullins
2015
86% Top Five
  • Herself
2014
22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Bernadette Thompson
2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet A Day Late and a Dollar Short
  • Viola Price
2014
No Score Yet Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
  • Director
2013
80% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Black Dog, Red Dog
  • Actor
2013
100% Under African Skies
  • Actor
2012
95% Sing Your Song
  • Whoopi Goldberg
2012
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Contradictions of Fair Hope
  • Narrator
2012
96% The Muppets
  • Herself
2011
95% Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
  • Narrator
2011
No Score Yet The Little Engine That Could
  • Actor
2011
100% Teenage Paparazzo
  • Actor
2010
32% For Colored Girls
  • Alice/White
2010
99% Toy Story 3
  • Stretch
2010
No Score Yet The Black List: Volume Three
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Captain's Summit
  • Actor
2009
29% Madea Goes to Jail
  • Herself
2009
No Score Yet See You in September
  • Therapist
2009
No Score Yet Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas
  • Actor
2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Snow Buddies
  • Miss Mittens
2008
No Score Yet Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Farce of the Penguins
  • Helen
2007
No Score Yet Si Yo Hubiera Sabido que Era un Genio
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Our Country USA to Z
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2007
41% Everyone's Hero
  • Darlin'
2006
No Score Yet Homie Spumoni
  • Thelma
2006
8% Doogal
  • Ermintrude
2006
No Score Yet The Sophisticated Misfit
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Last Guy on Earth
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet African American Lives
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2005
79% The Aristocrats
  • Actor
2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
  • Herself
2005
35% Racing Stripes
  • Franny
2005
No Score Yet Jon Bon Jovi - Destination Anywhere
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The N-Word
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Pinocchio 3000
  • Cyberina
2004
76% The Lion King 1 1/2
  • Shenzi
2004
No Score Yet Richard Pryor - I Ain't Dead Yet #%$#@!! Uncensored
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Uta Hagen's Acting Class
  • Actor
2004
60% Blizzard
  • Blizzard
2003
57% Pauly Shore Is Dead
  • Herself
2003
No Score Yet Good Fences
  • Mabel Spader
  • Producer
2003
No Score Yet Bitter Jester
  • Actor
2003
37% Star Trek - Nemesis
  • Guinan
2002
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
  • Boss
2002
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
73% Showboy
  • Herself
2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet Madeline: My Fair Madeline
  • Miss Clavel
2002
No Score Yet Call Me Claus
  • Lucy Cullins
  • Executive Producer
2001
44% Rat Race
  • Vera Baker
2001
28% Kingdom Come
  • Raynelle Slocumb
2001
20% Monkeybone
  • Death
2001
No Score Yet What Makes a Family
  • Executive Producer
  • Terry Harrison
2001
No Score Yet Chuck Jones: Extremes and Inbetweens - A Life in Animation
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet More Dogs Than Bones
  • Cleo
2000
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Judge Cameo
2000
No Score Yet Journey to the Stars
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Our Friend, Martin
  • Mrs. Peck
1999
No Score Yet Mary Pickford: A Life on Film
  • Actor
1999
54% Girl, Interrupted
  • Valerie
1999
No Score Yet Jackie's Back
  • Ethyl
1999
No Score Yet The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
  • Grand Banshee
1999
71% Get Bruce
  • Herself
1999
44% The Deep End of the Ocean
  • Candy Bliss
1999
33% Alice in Wonderland
  • Cheshire Cat
1999
59% The Rugrats Movie
  • Ranger Margaret
1998
No Score Yet A Knight in Camelot
  • Vivien Morgan
1998
40% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
  • Stormella
1998
48% How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • Delilah
1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn
  • Herself
1998
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
  • Queen Constantina
1997
72% In & Out
  • Herself
1997
No Score Yet In the Gloaming
  • Myrna
1997
No Score Yet Destination Anywhere
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol
  • Ghost of Christmas Present
1997
No Score Yet Century of Black Cinema
  • Actor
1997
45% Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Myrlie Evers
1996
28% The Associate
  • Laurel
1996
40% Bogus
  • Harriet Franklin
1996
12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • uncredited
1996
15% Eddie
  • Eddie
1996
96% The Celluloid Closet
  • Interviewee
1996
No Score Yet Comic Relief VII
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Theodore Rex
  • Katie Coltrane
1995
15% Moonlight and Valentino
  • Sylvie Morrow
1995
73% Boys on the Side
  • Jane
1995
No Score Yet Tales From the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown, Class Clown
  • Actor
1995
18% The Pagemaster
  • Fantasy
1994
49% Star Trek Generations
  • Guinan (uncredited)
1994
No Score Yet Liberation
  • Actor
1994
35% Corrina, Corrina
  • Corrina Washington
1994
25% The Little Rascals
  • Buckwheat's Mom
1994
92% The Lion King
  • Shenzi
1994
42% Naked in New York
  • Tragedy Mask on Theater Wall
1994
No Score Yet Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo
  • Actor
1994
7% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence
1993
29% Made in America
  • Sarah Mathews
1993
No Score Yet Wisecracks
  • Actor
1993
15% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
  • Sgt. York
1993
No Score Yet But...Seriously
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Comic Relief VI
  • Actor
1993
56% Sarafina!
  • Mary Masembuko
1992
71% Sister Act
  • Deloris Van Cartier
1992
98% The Player
  • Detective Avery
1992
No Score Yet Kiss Shot
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Koi and the Kola Nuts
  • Narrator
1992
No Score Yet Comic Relief V
  • Actor
1992
21% House Party 2
  • Professor
1991
No Score Yet Kiss Shot
  • Sarah Collins
1991
69% Soapdish
  • Rose
1991
No Score Yet Whoopi Goldberg - Chez Whoopi
  • Actor
1991
86% The Long Walk Home
  • Odessa Cotter
1990
74% Ghost
  • Oda Mae Brown
1990
0% Homer & Eddie
  • Eddie Cervi
1989
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Brats
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Whoopi Goldberg - Fontaine...Why Am I Straight?
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Comic Relief III
  • Actor
1989
38% Clara's Heart
  • Clara Mayfield
1988
No Score Yet The Telephone
  • Vashti Blue
1988
23% Fatal Beauty
  • Rita Rizzoli
1987
27% Burglar
  • Bernice Rhodenbarr
1987
No Score Yet Comic Relief '87
  • Actor
1987
28% Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Terry Dolittle
1986
No Score Yet Whoopi Goldberg Live
  • Actor
1986
88% The Color Purple
  • Celie
1985
No Score Yet Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce
  • Actor
1985
81% The Sunshine Boys
  • Nurse
1975
No Score Yet Comic Relief - The Original
  • Actor
No Score Yet Great Black Women
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Guinan
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Chesley Watkins
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Would You Rather? With Graham Norton
2011-2012
  • Guest
75% When We Rise
2016
  • Pat Norman
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Host (2007-present)
  • Host
  • Appearing
No Score Yet America's Funniest Home Videos
1990
  • Appearing
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Herself
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Carmen Tibideaux
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Electric Company
2009-2011
  • Actor
  • Appearing
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Herself
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
2005
  • Appearing
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway?
1998
  • Actor
  • Guest
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Regina Thomas
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Janette Grayson
58% 666 Park Avenue
2012-2013
  • Maris Elder
59% Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
2013-2014
  • Voice
  • Mrs. Rabbit
92% Nashville
2012
  • Herself
No Score Yet 20/20
1978
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Middle
2009
  • Jane Marsh
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Delores & Jermaine
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Delores

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