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Fun Facts about Whoopi Goldberg

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Did you know that this famous black actress hosts her own talk show in America? Did you know that she was born in Manhattan and her real name is not the same as her stage name? Did you know that she has a daughter who is also an actress?

Fun Fact 1 Whoopi Goldberg was born on November 13th, 1955 in Manhattan, New York in the United States of America.

Fun Fact 2 Whoopi Goldberg isn't the real name of the famous American lady, she was originally called Caryn Elaine Johnson.

Fun Fact 3: Whoopi Goldberg is a famous multi-talented American female. She is an actress, comedienne, author, singer-songwriter, talk show host and political activist.

Fun Fact 4: Whoopi Goldberg has starred in lots of movies. Some of her most well-known appearances have been in big hit movies such as 'Ghost' where she played a psychic alongside Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, and 'The Color Purple'; a film that is based on the lives of a group of African-American women in 1930s America.

Fun Fact 5: Whoopi Goldberg has received many awards for her outstanding achievements including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Ghost, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for The View, a Tony Award for Best Musical in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also been awarded Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA Awards, Grammy Awards and American Comedy Awards.

Fun Fact 6: Whoopi Goldberg's parents were called Emma and Robert James Johnson Jr. Her mother was a nurse and teacher, and her father was a clergyman.

Fun Fact 7: Whoopi Goldberg was raised by her mother whom she describes as 'stern, strong and wise'. She was raised in Manhattan in the Chelsea-Elliot Houses which is a housing project of the New York City Housing Authority.

Fun Fact 8: Whoopi is a nickname which the actress received from the term whoopee cushion. She would say that "if you get a little gassy, you've got to let it go."

Fun Fact 9: Whoopi took on the name Goldberg as her mother believed that it would help her achieve more in Hollywood.

Fun Fact 10: Whoopi Goldberg's first movie appearance was in the early 1980s in 'I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away'.

Fun Fact 11: Whoopi Goldberg created a one-woman show called 'The Spook Show'. In 1983, the show was taken to Broadway. Approximately 150 performances were given.

Fun Fact 12: Whoopi Goldberg was spotted by Steven Spielberg whilst she was on Broadway. He was directing a movie called 'The Color Purple' and offered her one of the main characters. The movie was hugely successful and has since been nominated for eleven Academy Awards.

Fun Fact 13: Whoopi Goldberg has achieved great success in comedy and has been credited for roles in movies such as Sister Act and its sequel Sister Act 2.

Fun Fact 14: Whoopi Goldberg has been married three times. Her first marriage was in 1973 to Alvin Martin, her second in 1986 to David Claessen and her third marriage was in 1994 to Lyle Trachtenberg.

Fun Fact 15: Whoopi Goldberg has a daughter called Alex Martin, she was born in 1973. Alex is also an actress, she has appeared in various movies.

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