Whoopi Goldberg was born in 1955 as Caryn Johnson. As a youngster, she quickly showcased a yearning for fame and fortune, but it wasn't until the 1970s that her legendary stage name and celebrated comic talent would become known to millions. Today, Whoopi is a popular comic, actress, author and television host, with a bevvy of entertainment awards and accolades behind her. Enjoy the comedy legend yourself in person when you buy Whoopi Goldberg tickets online at StubHub.
Becoming an entertainment legend
Whoopi Goldberg began making waves in the early 1980s with the unveiling of her one-woman show, The Spook Show. This stage show saw Goldberg perform an assortment of character monologues to the audience and her talents would attract the attention of director Mike Nichols. It was Nichols who would help her take her talents to Broadway, with the show running for an impressive 185 performances before being taped and broadcast on HBO as Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway.
It was her time on Broadway that would perhaps lead Whoopi Goldberg to her biggest breakthrough yet, when Steven Spielberg spotted her and earmarked her for the role of Celie in The Colour Purple. The film was an international success with audiences and critics alike, earning Whoopi a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. More movie success would follow, with leading roles in much-loved films like Ghost and Sister Act.
Awards and nominations
Whoopi has enjoyed critical success throughout her career. She has been nominated for no less than 15 Emmy Awards in her time and is one of the few people to have been nominated for and won an Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy award. She's also the second black woman ever to have won an acting Oscar, a milestone she reached when picking up the Best Supporting Actress Award for Ghost. Combined with her commendation for her work on The Colour Purple, she is also the first African-American actress to have pocked nominations for both the Leading and Supporting Actress category.
Whoopi's award success extends far beyond her work in film. Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway saw her win a Grammy Award in 1985, while the same show also saw her walk away with the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show. Goldberg also earned the Tony Award in 2002 for her work as a producer on the Broadway adaptation of Thoroughly Modern Millie, while her subsequent work on TV chat show The View has seen her win two Daytime Emmy Awards, with nine Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her work on countless TV dramas and comedies. See this entertainment legend yourself live when you grab Whoopi Goldberg tickets online at StubHub.