Whoopi Goldberg Career and Net Worth
Whoopi Goldberg is an American comedian, actress, author, talk show host, singer-songwriter and political activist. Whoopi has approximately $60 million in net worth as at 2023. The middle part of the 1980s through the 1990s brought Whoopi immense success. She works mainly as a television talk show host these days.
Whoopi was born Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13, 1955 in New York. She attended St Columbia’s, a local Catholic school in the Chelsea-Elliot area before dropping out of high school to focus on theatre productions.
She later relocated to Berkeley to do a number of menial jobs just to make ends meet. Whoopi later joined the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre group and taught acting and comedy whilst performing in various productions.
Whoopi made her first appearance on screen in 1982 in “Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away. In 1983, she created a one-woman show comprising different character monologues known as Whoopi Goldberg. The play made it to Broadway, and ran for 156 performances.
Whoopi had another breakthrough in 1985 when she was cast as Cecile, the lead role in The Color Purple. The film was a major commercial success, nominated for 11 Oscars as well as Best Actress. The 1990s saw Whoopi make very significant and giant strides. She played the role of a psychic in “Ghost” (1990), as well as star Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
Whoopi was honored with Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress becoming only the second black woman to chalk such feat. In 1992, “Sister Act” came out, hitting a gross of $200 million earning Goldberg a nomination for a Golden Globe for her role. She starred in Tyler’s For Colored Girls alongside Janet Jackson in 2010.
The film received a lot of positive reviews as well make in excess of $38 million globally. She provided the voice for box office smash Toy Story 3 that same year. In 2016, she developed a reality show, “Strut” for the Oxygen network. Whoopi made another appearance in a Tyler Perry film dubbed “Nobody’s Fool” in 2018 alongside Tiffany Haddish.
Whoopi is credited for her work as a moderator and co-host on The View, a talk show. She joined the series as a replacement for Rosie O’Donnell in 2001. Whoopi’s debut on the show attracted 3.4 million viewers as well as a 7 percent jump in viewership relative to O’Donnell in the previous season.
After witnessing a plane crash in San Diego in 1978, she developed PTSD as well as a lifelong phobia for flying. She has been married three times and has had a lot of romantic affairs with actors Ted Danson and Frank Langella. Whoopi was married to Alvin Martin for 6 years (1973-1979). She then married to David Claessen from 1986 to 1988.
Her final marriage was to Lyle Trachtenberg from 1994 to 1995 lasting just a year. Whoopi has a daughter called Alexandrea Martin who is an actress and producer. She gave birth to her daughter at the age of 18. She has three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.