Whoopi Goldberg


Whoopi Goldberg Trivia


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    • Whoopi Goldberg: I am on a show now where I have had to learn to be flexible in my thinking, to hear the other opinion, in case -- even though they're wrong all the other times -- in case there is something fantastic being said. You don't know everything.

      Don't be afraid to ask the question, 'What do you mean?' Don't be afraid to say, 'I created this this way, and this is why, and I know you want to give me a lot of money but you want too much.' Because those are the decisions you are going to have to make: when to compromise, how to compromise, if to compromise at all. You're the big hot stuff right now, but you're entering into a whole new group, and you have to hold your own. You cannot hold your own if you're rigid. You have to be able to serve.

    • 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.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: (talking about success) We're born with success. It is only others who point out our failures, and what they attribute to us as failure. I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis, because... you know. What's good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now. So, to keep in touch with that, I think that's the first ingredient for success. Because if you're a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: (talking about the most exciting moment in her career) Sitting at the table during Color Purple and looking up and suddenly realizing I was acting in front of Steven Spielberg, was pretty cool. It was pretty good. Because it was like, suddenly, I got it. I was there. I was in a movie. Not only was I in a movie, but I had a big part in the movie, you know. And I just started laughing, and laughing.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: (Interview on "The One-Woman Show", June 17, 1994) I think I'm one of those people who was affected, really, truly, by everybody that I met, in a very magical kind of way, you know. I feel a bit like the golden child. But you only know that when you look back, and see the people who touched you and how friends, and camp counselors, and people who denied your humanity, that you overcame, you know. All those people who said you couldn't, and you shouldn't, and you won't, and you will never -- and you did. All those people affected me, and went into making me the sum total of what I became, and what I've become.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: (talking about acting) 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: I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That's exactly what I've done.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I grew up in a time when it would never have occurred to anyone to tell me there was anything I couldn't do.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: You look at the 'Wizard of Oz' and you see things flying up in the air...this is where everything goes that didn't land.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: As one who works inside and outside the system, I've come to understand that distribution is a key component.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: Walker told black women that they don't have to be less than they are capable of being, ... I try to uphold that standard.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I don't look like Halle Berry. But chances are, she's going to end up looking like me.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: Good evening, loyal subjects. I am the African queen... Some of you may know me as the virgin queen, but I can't imagine who.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: That's the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn't care what economic bracket you're in.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I want Carl Sagan to explain the sky to me.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: The art of acting is to be other than what you are.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I'm fighting the label of "Black" actress simply because it's very limiting in people's eyes, especially people who are making movies.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I am an artist; art has no color and no sex.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: You've got to vote for someone. It's a shame, but it's got to be done.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: What I am is a humanist before anything -- before I'm a Jew, before I'm black, before I'm a woman. And my beliefs are for the human race -- they don't exclude anyone.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I don't like driving very much. That makes me very unhappy, because I scream a lot in the car, but other than that, life is actually pretty good.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of 20 million full-time volunteers.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I don't have pet peeves, I have whole kennels of irritation.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: Normal is in the eye of the beholder.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: I don't really view communism as a bad thing.

    • Whoopi Goldberg: An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor, I can play anything.