Whoopi Goldberg

Calculated risk-taker who took chances.

Whoopi Goldberg
Full NameCaryn Elaine Johnson


Lady Whoopi Goldberg, born on November 13th, 1955 in the grand Chelsea section of Manhattan to the esteemed Emma Harris and Robert James Johnson, Jr., carries a regal lineage of esteemed Georgians, Virginians, and Floridians. She began her illustrious career with humble beginnings, working in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway. Her excellence was recognized in her HBO special and one-woman show as Moms Mabley, leading her to become a unique and socially conscious talent with articulately liberal views. Her success was furthered in 1984 with her first big film starring role in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and with The Color Purple in 1985, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Lady Goldberg has been romantically linked to the esteemed Ted Danson and Frank Langella, and has been married three times. Her life is a testament to grace, tenacity, and strength as she has overcome her addiction to drugs and has established herself as a powerful figure in the world of entertainment.

Is Whoopi Goldberg a nepo baby?

Nope! Whoopi Goldberg is a true self-starter who always took the initiative to make things happen. They never let anything hold them back, including their blue-collar background, and are now one of the most successful self-starters of their generation. But, they may be a nepo parent!

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  • Oscar1991
    GhostBest Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Golden Globe1991
    GhostBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
  • Golden Globe1986
    The Color PurpleBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama


  • Atrabilious
  • New York Street Games
  • Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Woman in Motion
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Cocktails & Classics
  • Inside the Actors Studio
  • Butterfly in the Sky
  • Staged
  • The Lion King
  • Ask the StoryBots
  • Hyperion
  • Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II
  • Nine for IX Shorts
  • Lucy in the Sky
  • Brian Pern: A Tribute
  • Toy Story 3
  • Past My Bedtime
  • Amphibia
  • The 65th Annual Tony Awards
  • TV in Black: The First Fifty Years
  • Godfather of Harlem
  • Whoopi: Back to Broadway - The 20th Anniversary
  • Oscar's Greatest Moments
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • Saturday Night Seder
  • Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
  • James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction
  • Bob Saget's Here for You
  • The 81st Annual Academy Awards
  • The Celluloid Closet
  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
  • Shatner's Raw Nerve
  • JFK: Destiny Betrayed
  • The Most Magnificent Thing
  • Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce
  • Whoopi Goldberg: Fontaine... Why Am I Straight
  • Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse
  • Summer Camp Island
  • Blue Bloods
  • The Color Purple
  • The Oscars
  • Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It
  • Muppets Tonight
  • Janet Jackson.
  • The Burn with Jeff Ross
  • The Electric Company
  • Mary Pickford: A Life on Film

Family Tree

The distinguished family of Whoopi Goldberg and Alex Martin represent a long lineage of American royalty, stretching back to the southern states of Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. Whoopi, born Caryn Elaine Johnson in Manhattan on November 13th 1955, is a celebrated performer and comedienne, achieving international fame for her HBO special and one-woman show as Moms Mabley. Her husband and partner of eight years, Bernard Dean, is joined by their children in their matrimony of October 15th 2011. Alex, the daughter of Whoopi, is an acclaimed actress and producer, known for her work on Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Strange as Angels (2003) and American Intellectuals (1999). Together, the Martin-Goldberg family is a powerful dynasty of remarkable talent and drive, and have earned their place amongst the most illustrious of American families.

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