Whoopi Goldberg started her career as a comedian and went on to become a successful actress and director. Today, she is one of the most well-known names in Hollywood. However, her personal life has been very complicated. Whoopi was born in 1955 as Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York. Her father left them when she was a kid, and her mother and older brother started taking care of her.
While in school, Whoopi would face difficulties in understanding what was being taught, but it was because she had dys-lexia, and she never got treated for it. In a conversation with Ebony magazine, She said that it was her childhood dream to become an actor.
At the age of 18, she got married to Alvin Martin, and they had a daughter together named Alexandra. A year later, she moved to San Diego to follow her dreams, and she started by working as a mort-uary beautician – who performed cosmetics on bodies to be able to pay her bills. In Oprah’s Master Class, she admitted that it was a difficult job. She then switched to being a comedian, and that’s how she adopted her stage name Whoopi Goldberg to honour her Jewish ancestors, and eventually, people started to recognise her. She started gaining a huge local fan following and soon started going on international tours to perform, and that’s when renowned filmmaker Mike Nichols happened to attend one of her performances.
He wanted Whoopi to be a part of the Spook Show on Broadway, and it was a bit. She then found a devotee in Steven Spielberg, who cast her in the Colour Purple, making her an overnight sensation. She won the Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Appearance and a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for the movie. She went on to be a part of many successful movies and even won awards. Despite her successful career as an actress, she remained a renowned comedian and went on to perform and host multiple tv shows like the Comic Relief television special.
The film gh-ost was another turning point in her career, and she won an Oscar for the same making her the first black woman to win an Oscar in 50 years. Whoopi’s mother was not present that night at the Academy Awards because she didn’t want to see her daughter look u-happy if she didn’t win. In 1992, she started as the presenter of the famous The Whoopi Goldberg Show, where she was seen interviewing celebrities and politicians. The show didn’t run well and had to be shut down for two years.
Apart from her career in the showbiz industry, she has also written multiple children’s books and carved a name for herself in Hollywood. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has an estimated net worth of $60 million. After her failed marriage with Alvin Martin, she went on to marry cinematographer David Claessen who also ended up in divorce. She then got married to Lyle Trachtenberg which also didn’t end well. In a conversation with New York Times, Whoopi said that she struggled to discuss things with her partners which was why the marriages never lasted.
She also said that she was never really in love with any of her spouses but once with a famous man but, she never named him. Whoopi also said that she doesn’t think she was made for relationships and that the only person she can share an excellent relationship with is herself. She loves spending her time alone and enjoys her freedom. She said that she’d only marry someone again if he lived in another country so she wouldn’t have to spend all her time with him.