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Whoopi Goldberg Biography

Whoopi Goldberg
  • Age: 61 years old
  • Birth Nation: United States of America
  • Height: 5 feet 5 inch
  • Birth Sign: Scorpio
  • Name: Whoopi Goldberg
  • Birth Name: Caryn Elaine Johnson
  • Father: Robert James Johnson
  • Mother: Emma Harris
  • Nationality: American
  • Birth Place/City: Manhattan, New York City
  • Ethnicity: Black Ethnicity
  • Profession: Actress
  • Net Worth: 45 million US dollars
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Weight in KG: 58 kg
  • Famous for: Comedienne, actress, political activist, writer and television host
  • Married: Yes
  • Married to: Lyle Trachtenberg (m. 1994), David Claessen (m. 1986), Alvin Martin (m. 1973)
  • Children: Alex Martin
  • Divorce: Lyle Trachtenberg (m. 1995), David Claessen (m. 1988), Alvin Martin (m. 1979)
  • Education: HB Studio
  • Awards: N/A
  • Online Presence: Facebook,Wiki,Twitter,Instagram
  • TV Show: The Whoopi Goldberg Show
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Whoopi Goldberg was born as Caryn Elaine Johnson, is an actor, writer, political activist, comedian and television personality. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television and is one of the few entertainers who has won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.

Early Life and Education

Goldberg was born on November 13, 1955, in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. She was born to her mother Emma who was a nurse as well as a teacher and her father Robert James Johnson Jr., was a clergyman. Her parents separated while she was still a young girl.

She was raised by her mother at Chelsea-Elliot Houses, and she says that her mother is a strong and smart lady.  An American by nationality, she was brought up as a Jew and belongs to black ethnicity.

Moving around a lot, Goldberg studied in more than one schools and was inspired by acting and stage acts from an early age. Upon graduation, she took a job as an operator in Phone Sex. Quitting it early, she adopted her stage name and her surname “Goldberg” was given to her by her mother.


Working on stage for some time, Goldberg went to Germany in 1979 and remained there for a couple of years, working in different theaters. She confessed about smuggling different products for the artists that she was working with, and was never caught.

Goldberg got the training in acting at the HB Studio in New York City. She was trained under acting teacher, Uta Hagen. She first appeared onscreen in 1982 in Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away. It was an avant-garde ensemble feature by San Francisco filmmaker, William Farley.

Steven Spielberg who was the director of the film, The Color Purple, offered Goldberg a leading role for the film.  The film was released in late 1985, which later became a critical and commercial success and was nominated for 11 Academy Awards.

Personal Life and Affairs

Goldberg has reached the age of 61 now. She is a married woman, and not just once. She has been in three different married relationships and her other affairs before marriage are also discussed in public. She has dated actors like Ted Danson and Frank Langella.

At just 17 years of age, Goldberg was married first time to Alvin Martin in 1973. The couple had one daughter named Alexandrea Martin who is also an actor. In 1979, the two got divorced, and she was not married until she met cinematographer, David Claessen in 1985.

After dating for some time, they were married a year later but then again separated just two years later, without any kids together. Whoopi was later with her third husband actor Lyle Trachtenberg, whom she was married to for a year only. They separated in 1995 and had no children together. With just one daughter, she was already a grandmother at just 35 years of age.

Goldberg is currently single and says she does not intend to get married now. In an interview, she said, “Some people are not meant to be married, and I am not meant to. I’m sure it is wonderful for lots of people".

Having acted and worked in movies, Goldberg has also been active in stage programs, TV, and society. A philanthropist, she has traveled much and supported to any social cause that needed the attention and effort.

Net Worth and Salary

As a result, Goldberg has lots of admirers and fans from around the world. She earns an annual salary around $5-$6 million. With a fantastic career and all the fame, she has, her estimated net worth value of $45 million, as of 2015.


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