Whoopi Goldberg Biography, Net Worth, Career, Ventures & Spouses

Whoopi Goldberg Biography, Net Worth, Career, Ventures & Spouses

Oscar-winning celebrity Whoopi Goldberg has signed up for voice roles in the Netflix animated movie, My Father’s Dragon, along with Deadwood alum Ian McShane and Stranger Things actor Gaten Matarazzo.

The team will also include Golshifteh Farahani, Jacob Tremblay, Dianne Wiest, Chris O’Dowd, Rita Moreno, Judy Greer, Jackie Earle Haley, Alan Cumming, Yara Shahidi, Mary Kay Place, Spence Moore II, Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, Maggie Lincoln, Charlyne Yi, and Jack Smith.

Nora Twomey is directing the adaptation of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s classic children’s book.

Our actors, animators and artists at Cartoon Saloon have worked together to craft this film, inspired by Ruth Stiles Gannett’s amazing book,” Twomey said.

We were drawn together by a desire to tell a very special tale of friendship, adventure, and true bravery. I fell in love with storytelling as a child and Netflix excels at celebrating all kinds of stories, through different styles and distinct voices. This has given me the opportunity to look through a beautiful lens and I am excited to share what I see with our audience around the world.

Whoopi Goldberg, original name Caryn Elaine Johnson, was born November 13, 1955, in New York, the U.S. An American comedian, actress, and producer Whoopi Goldberg, is recognized for her work in theatre, film, television, and recordings. She was an accomplished performer with a broad repertoire; her work varied from dramatic leading roles to controversial comedic performances. She also garnered attention as a cohost of the TV talk show The View.

Whoopi Goldberg’s Net Worth and Salary?

Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedian, author, singer-songwriter, talk show host, and political activist with a huge net worth of $60 million. 

Whoopi had a highly-successful film career from the mid-1980s through the 1990s. In recent years she has mainly worked as a television talk show host. Whoopi’s per year salary on The View is $8 million.

Whoopi Goldberg’s Career

Her first onscreen appearance came in Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away in 1982. Whoopi then started a one-woman show written of different character monologues called Whoopi Goldberg in 1983, and the play went to Broadway and ran for 156 performances. 

Her next big opportunity came in 1985 when she was attracted by Steven Spielberg and was cast as Cecile, the leading character in The Color Purple. The film was a crucial and commercial hit and was selected for 11 Oscars, including a nod to Goldberg for Best Actress.

The ’90s was when Whoopi hit her stride, starting by playing a psychic in 1990’s Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. That role made her get the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she was only the second black woman to achieve an Oscar in that category. Goldberg performed in two Star Trek movies next, and in 1992, Sister Act was released. 

That film profited over $200 million, and Goldberg was selected for a Golden Globe for her role. She reprised her role in the sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. 

She came to be the first African American woman to host the Oscars in 1994. Other prominent films she worked in throughout the ’90s include Corrina, Corrina, and The Little Rascals. 

The 2000s were also thriving for Whoopi, as she performed in supporting roles in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Girl, Interrupted, and more. She co-produced Hollywood Squares from 1998 to 2004. Whoopi has also worked in several installments of the Star Trek franchise.

2010, Whoopi worked in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls alongside Janet Jackson. The film profited more than $38 million worldwide and received favorable reviews. 

The same year, she did voice work in critically-acclaimed and box office smash Toy Story 3. Golberg created a reality show, Strut, in 2016 for the Oxygen network. She emerged in another Tyler Perry film, Nobody’s Fool, in 2018 alongside Tiffany Haddish.

Whoopi has also been recognized as a moderator and co-host on the talk show The View. She took part in the series in 2001 as a substitute for Rosie O’Donnell, and her debut made 3.4 million viewers and saw a 7 percent increase in viewership from O’Donnell in the previous season.

She is famous to make divisive comments on the show and has started controversy among fans over the years.

Other Ventures

Aside from her film and talk show career, Goldberg is also an writer of children’s and non-fiction books. She has also starred on stage, including in a production of Sister Act in 2010, which she also produced for Broadway. 

She is an entrepreneur and cofounded Whoopi & Maya, a company that makes medical cannabis products for women requiring relief from menstrual cramps.

Whoopi Goldberg As An Activism

Goldberg has been a long-time advocate of LGBTQ rights. In 1999, she accepted the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vanguard Award for her work in helping the gay and lesbian community. She partook in 1987’s March On Washington, marching in support of LGBTQ rights and AIDS awareness.

She launched Give a Damn with Cyndi Lauper and other celebrities in April 2010, a campaign to bring attention to the bias of the LGBT community. Goldberg is also on the national council advisory board of the National Museum of American Illustration. Her humanitarian steps also include working for Comic Relief.

Whoopi Goldberg Spouses

Whoopi has been married three times and involved with actors Ted Danson and Frank Langella. She was married to Alvin Martin from 1973 to 1979, David Claessen from 1986-to 1988, and Lyle Trachtenberg from 1994 to 1995.

She has a daughter, Alexandrea Martin, an actress, and a producer. Whoopi had Alexandrea when she was 18 years old. She has three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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