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Season 2008 Episode 0925

Whoopi Goldberg at the Hudson Union Society

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Whoopi Goldberg at the Hudson Union Society
Whoopi Goldberg is one of an elite group of artists who have won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy, the Grammy and a Tony.In 1983, Goldberg caught the attention of Mike Nichols, who offered to present her in her own Broadway show. An evening of original material, written and created by Whoopi, the show opened in 1984 at the Lyceum Theatre to critical acclaim.She later taped the show for an HBO special, Whoopi Goldberg: Direct From Broadway and the record album of her Broadway show won a Grammy Award as Best Comedy Recording of the Year in 1985.Her Broadway show also turned out to be an audition for Steven Spielberg, who was casting his film version of Alice Walker's The Color Purple.The Color Purple launched Whoopi Goldberg's film career and, in addition to an Oscar nomination, earned her the 1985 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture.Since then, Goldberg has been a part of films grossing a over a billion dollars worldwide, with several breaking the $100 million mark.Since The Color Purple, Whoopi has starred in many films such as Ghost, Sister Act, Girl, Interrupted, and Robert Altman's The Player.Goldberg is well known for her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other worthwhile causes and charities - Oxonian Societymoreless

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