Whoopi Goldberg

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Quotes (37)

  • Whoopi Goldberg: (Interview on "The One-Woman Show", June 17, 1994) I believe that we keep the circle. The circle doesn't break, it just reinvents. The other thing is, I just love the idea that I could go be a princess from Greenland in the movies and it's cool. There's no one to say, no, you can't be from Greenland. There's no one saying, you can't be from Hungary. So the idea that you can go into the past, the present and the future, you know, I just think it's too cool.

  • Whoopi Goldberg: (Interview on "The One Woman Show", June 17, 1994) I knew as soon as I hit that light. I was waving! It's always been. It's as much a part of my whole being as breathing. I always knew this was it. I didn't know it was going to be like this, you know. But I always knew that I wanted to act.

  • Whoopi Goldberg: (Interview on "The One-Woman Show", June 17, 1994) I grew up in Manhattan, in New York, a place called Chelsea. And I grew up around lots of different people. So we all grew up speaking a smattering of Greek, Italian, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Yiddish. I had a great time. There were all sorts of things to play with and to go and be part of. Which now you can do on interactive things like this. You couldn't go and talk to Leonard Bernstein, you could only go watch him conduct. Something I'm very sorry for.

  • Whoopi Goldberg: (Interview with "The Daily Telegram", April 20, 1988) Most of all, I dislike this idea nowadays that if you're a black person in America, then you must be called African-American. Listen, I've visited Africa, and I've got news for everyone: I'm not an African. The Africans know I'm not an African. I'm an American. This is my country. My people helped to build it and we've been here for centuries. Just call me black, if you want to call me anything.

  • Whoopi Goldberg: (talking about show business) Nobody ever encouraged me in this business. I encouraged myself. I was a very dull and shy child. I was the last person you would expect to be a success in this business. But I always felt if I kept going something would happen. But I even surprised myself at times. When I was doing ensemble theater and comedy work, I felt I had some talents. But when I started doing my shows in Berkeley and found that I could be funny on my own, I was shocked.

  • Whoopi Goldberg: (In a 1994 Interview on African-American Actors in Hollywood) I don't know if I'm the one who should be commenting on the situation. I can't complain about the amount of work that's out there. I am black. But I didn't become black yesterday. I'm black and I'm getting the work and I'm doing some good things, but I realize many black actors and actresses are not being given the opportunities. The industry has got to stop thinking in terms of black and white and has to start thinking in terms of who is right, regardless of color, for the role.

  • Whoopi Goldberg: My family is Jewish, Buddhist, Baptist and Catholic. I don't believe in man-made religions.

  • Whoopi Goldberg: (on her plans to produce a musical stage version of Sister Act ) Sister Act has grown up a little and has expanded, as all things going from the cinema to the stage have to. In any case, Sister Act for me was 20 years ago, so you can't repeat that. You want something - and someone - who is brand new, fresh and exciting.

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Trivia (47)

  • Despite her petite height and physical size, she has extremely large feet, wearing size 11 shoes.

  • Whoopi Goldberg has been married and divorced three times, to Alvin Martin (married 1973 - 1979), whom she had one child with, David Claessen (married September 1, 1986 - October, 1988), and Lyle Trachtenburg (married October 1, 1994 - October, 1995).

  • Whoopi Goldberg helped in the founding of the San Diego Repertory Company.

  • Whoopi Goldberg has a brother named Clyde K. Johnson who is seven years her elder.

  • Watching Nichelle Nichols portray the character Uhura on the 1966 version of Star Trek is what inspired Whoopi Goldberg to become an actress.

  • Whoopi Goldberg received an honorary degree from Wilson College, which is located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

  • In 1994, Whoopi Goldberg hosted the Academy Awards by herself, becoming the very first woman do so.

  • Whoopi Goldberg was born in Manhattan's Chelsea section to Emma Harris Johnson and Robert James Johnson.

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