Whoopi Goldberg Biography

Updated On Nov 01, 2018 Published On Nov 05, 2015
Facts of Whoopi Goldberg
Date of Birth: 1955 , November-13
Birth Nation: United States
Name Whoopi Goldberg
Birth Name Caryn Elaine Johnson
Father Robert James Johnson
Mother Emma Harris
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Manhattan, New York City
Ethnicity Black Ethnicity
Profession Actress
Net Worth 45 million US dollars
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Weight in KG 58 kg
Famous for Comedienne, actress, political activist, writer and television host
Married Yes
Married to Lyle Trachtenberg (m. 1994), David Claessen (m. 1986), Alvin Martin (m. 1973)
Children Alex Martin
Divorce Lyle Trachtenberg (m. 1995), David Claessen (m. 1988), Alvin Martin (m. 1979)
Education HB Studio
Awards N/A
Online Presence Facebook,Wiki,Twitter,Instagram
TV Show The Whoopi Goldberg Show
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Whoopi Goldberg, Caryn Elaine Johnson, is a multi-talented personality. She is known as an actress, comedian, and writer from America. She is also renowned as a social critic and television host.

Whoopi Goldberg was born on 13 November 1955 in Manhattan, New York City, New York of United States to parents; mother Emma Johnson and father Robert James Johnson Jr. Clyde Goldberg is her brother who died in 2015. She is a dropout student from Washington Irving High School. Whoopi Goldberg is an American nationality and her ethnicity is black.

Whoopi Goldberg has dated multiple times and had romantic affairs with several boyfriends including Frank Langella, Timothy Dalton and Ted Danson who are also actors by profession. Whoopi married for three times in her life. She first got married to Alvin Martin in 1973. While she was eighteen she gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexandria Martin on 9  May 1974.

She and Alvin Martin got divorced in 1979. It was on 1 September 1986 when she got married to her second husband David Claessen but soon ended the marital relationship with a divorce, after two years of their wedding. She again got married for the third time with Lyle Trachtenberg on October 1, 1994, but divorced one year later.

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Whoopi Goldberg debuted in professional acting with the 1984 Broadway Whoopi Goldberg. Her breakthrough role was of Celie in a 1985 period drama film The Color Purple, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award and also won her first Gloden Globe Award. She is also popular for starring in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, The Lion King, Ghosts of Mississippi, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The View.

For her popularity, she was featured in Stephen Colbert's show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Several prolific stars such as Rick LaginaJon Stewart, and Tom Hanks have appeared on the show.

In the 1990s, Whoopi Goldberg was said to be the highest paid actress of all time, and in recent times her annual income is considered to be in the range of $2 - $5 million, including her endorsements and her films and TVs shows. Her annual salary from the show The View is two million dollars. She has a mouth-watering net worth of $45 million dollars. 

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Born in New York City, New York, United States

November 13 , 1955

Whoopi Goldberg was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York of United States to Emma Johnson and Robert James Johnson Jr. Clyde Goldberg is her brother. Her mother was a nurse and teacher while her father was a clergyman.

Lived in East Germany


Goldberg used to work as a phone sex operator. She lived in East Germany for two years till 1981. During her stay, she worked in number of theatre productions. She also used to smuggle for artists who stay with her. 

Started her acting career


Acting teacher Uta Hagen trained her in HBO studio in New York City. She first appeared onscreen in Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away, a 1981-82 series. It was directed by William Farley and features an avant-garde ensemble.

Host of The Whoopi Goldberg Show


Whoopi Goldberg started hosting The Whoopi Goldberg Show from 1992. The Whoopi Goldberg Show is a late night talk show which ran for one year with total two hundred episodes.  Elizabeth Taylor was first guest of the show.

Acted in The Color Purple


Goldberg received her major role in The Color Purple. The Color Purple is period drams from America directed by Steven Spielberg and Danny Glover, Desreta Jackson, Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey were in major cast. Goldberg is seen as Celie Harris-Johnson.

Won Academy Award


She was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Ghost in Academy award. She won Academy award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA award for her role in Ghost. She is one of the individual who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. 

Married to Alvin Martin


Whoopi Goldberg worked as a phone sex operator in her early days. She had affairs with Frank Langella, Timothy Dalton and Ted Danson who are also actors by profession. She first married Alvin Martin in 1973. 

Gave birth to first child Alexandria Martin

May 9 , 1974

At the age of eighteen, she gave birth to her daughter, Alexandria Martin, on May 09, 1974. She and Alvin Martin got divorce in 1979. Her daughter, Alexandria Martin, is also an actress and producer. She was married in 1973.

Married to David Claessen

September 1 , 1986

It was date September 1, 1986 when she was married with David Claessen but separated soon after two years. David Claessen is a cinematographer by profession. They get divorced in 1988. They together do not have any children.

Married again to Lyle Trachtenberg

October 1 , 1994

Goldberg again married for third time with Lyle Trachtenberg on October 1, 1994 but divorced one year later. Lyle Trachtenberg is union organizer by profession. They too together do not have any children. She states that she does not have any future plan of getting married again.

Goldberg became great-grandmother

March 15 , 2014

Goldberg became great-grandmother when her granddaughter gave birth to her child, Charli Rose Burr-Reynaud, on March 15, 2014. She became grandmother at the age of thirty-four. Her daughter, Alexandria Martin, gave birth at the age of sixteen.