Whoopi Goldberg Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 28.Nov.2017
Facts of Whoopi Goldberg
Date of Birth: 1955 , November-13
Age:62 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
NameWhoopi Goldberg
Birth NameCaryn Elaine Johnson
FatherRobert James Johnson
MotherEmma Harris
Birth Place/CityManhattan, New York City
EthnicityBlack Ethnicity
Net Worth45 million US dollars
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
Weight in KG58 kg
Famous forComedienne, actress, political activist, writer and television host
Married toLyle Trachtenberg (m. 1994), David Claessen (m. 1986), Alvin Martin (m. 1973)
ChildrenAlex Martin
DivorceLyle Trachtenberg (m. 1995), David Claessen (m. 1988), Alvin Martin (m. 1979)
EducationHB Studio
Online PresenceFacebook,Wiki,Twitter,Instagram
TV ShowThe Whoopi Goldberg Show
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Whoopi Goldberg, a popular American actress/ comedian, is also a television host and author as well. She was born as Caryn Elaine Johnson. She currently hosts The View in ABC channel. 

She has nominated for 13 times in Emmy Awards for her work in television media. Goldberg 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. She was born to her mother Emma who was a nurse and a teacher, and her father Robert James Johnson Jr. was a clergyman. Her parents got divorced when Goldberg was at her young age.

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

Goldberg studied in more than one schools and was inspired by acting and stage acts from an early age.  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 lived there for a couple of years, working in different theaters. She confessed to 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 an 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 in the film. His 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 is 61 now. She is a divorced woman. She has married thrice and divorced three different men. She also dated actors like Ted Danson and Frank Langella previously. 

At just 17 years of age, Goldberg was first married to Alvin Martin in 1973. The couple has one daughter together named Alexandrea Martin, an actor. In 1979, the couple got divorced and she stayed single before meeting cinematographer, David Claessen in 1985.

After dating for a year and married but then couple separated just two years later. Whoopi 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

Goldberg's current net worth is $45 million.  Goldberg has lots of admirers and fans from around the world. She earns an annual salary around $5-$6 million. She has a lavish home worth $3 million in Los Angeles, California. She also has a highly expensive car of  Volkswagen brand which current market value is $45K.