American actress and comedian, Whoopi Goldberg is a role model to colored women throughout the globe. 

She was one of the unique personalities to enter the entertainment scene of the ‘80s and went on to establish herself as a sought after entertainer over the decades.

In this video of MyHowBook, we are taking a look at this ideological woman’s life story.

Whoopi was born as Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13, 1955, in Manhattan, New York. Her father was a clergyman, Robert James Johnson and her mother was a nurse and teacher, Emma Johnson.

Goldberg has described her mom as a strong and wise woman, who raised her and her brother, Clyde as a single mother after her father abandoned them.

People used to say that she was like a whoopee cushion, which made her take “Whoopi” as the stage name.

She dropped out of Washington Irving High School and went to East Germany, where she started acting in theater.

After returning to the US, she garnered overnight stardom when she starred as abused Celie in an acclaimed drama, The Color Purple in 1985. She earned a nomination for Academy Awards for Best Actress for her role in the movie. 

She became the second black woman ever to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1990 romantic fantasy film, Ghost.

Likewise, in 1992, she delivered another jaw-dropping performance as a pretend nun in ‘Sister Act.’ She reprised her role in its 1993 sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

Throughout the years, she has starred in some famous films, including, Made in America, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Lion King, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 

An avid fan of Star Trek from a young age, she earned a role as Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation. She reprised her role in the 1994 feature film, Star Trek: Generations. 

In addition to accolades for her acting, she won a Grammy Award for her self-titled comedy album in 1985.

Since 2007, she has been the co-host of the show, The View. Her grit and humor have helped the show’s success.

With her increasing exposure, she started getting involved in social activities, focusing on the issues that she struggled with herself.

Goldberg is one of the few persons to win an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy.  She has been seen in more than 150 movies and was the highest-paid actress during the 1990s.

Reportedly, her salary for the Sister Act 2 was more than $7 million. Now, she earns about $5 million annually.

As of January 2018, she has garnered a net worth of $45 million.

Goldberg has been married three times. Her first husband was Alvin Martin, with whom she was married from 1973 to 1979. 

With Alvin, she welcomed a daughter, Alexandrea Martin, who is an actress and producer.

She was married to cinematographer, David Claessen from 1986 to 1988. 

Her third husband was Lyle Trachtenberg, with whom she was married from 1994 to 1995.

Apart from her marriages, she has also dated actors, Timothy Dalton, Frank Langella and Ted Danson.

When asked if she has plans to marry again, she said, “Some people are not meant to be married and I’m not meant to. I’m sure it is wonderful for lots of people.”