Whoopi Goldberg

Inside Biography

Whoopi Goldberg, a popular American actress/ comedian, is also a television host and author as well. She was born Caryn Elaine Johnson. She hosts The View on the ABC channel. Goldberg has appeared in numerous films and TV series including The Lion King, Sister Act, Boys on the Side, and For Colored Girls. She was nominated 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 Academy, and a Tony Award.

Goldberg has been married thrice to three different men.

Early Life And Education Of Whoopi Goldberg

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 a 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 school 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.

Whoopi Goldberg's Career

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.

Whoopi Goldberg's Net Worth, Charity

Goldberg's current net worth is $45 million.  Goldberg has lots of admirers and fans from around the world. She earns an annual salary of 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 the current market value is $45K. She is a co-founder of Whoopi & Maya Company that makes medical cannabis products for women seeking relief from menstrual cramps.

The actress played one of the vital roles in the 1985 blockbuster movie The Color Purple which became was turned out to be commercially successful as it made a whopping box office collection of $142 million from a budget of $15 million. In the movie, she shared the screen along with Danny Glover, Desreta Jackson, Margaret Avery, and Oprah Winfrey

Goldberg is also a philanthropist and social activist. She has supported numerous organizations throughout the years. In April 2010, Goldberg joined musician Cyndi Lauper in the launch of her Give a Damn campaign to raise wider awareness of discrimination against the LGBT community. The campaign aims to bring heterosexual people to ally with the LGBTQ community.

Her high-profile support for LGBT rights and AIDS activism dates began from the 1987 March on Washington, in which she participated. She serves on the national council advisory board of the National Museum of American Illustration.

Whoopi Goldberg's Personal Life, Married, Husband, Divorce, Relationship

Whoopi Goldberg is a divorced woman. She has married thrice and divorced three different men. 

At the age of 17, Goldberg was first married to Alvin Martin in 1973. The couple has one daughter together named Alexandrea Martin. 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 the couple separated just two years later. Goldberg later married third time with actor Lyle Trachtenberg, whom she was married to for a year only. 

They separated in 1995 and did not have children together. With just one daughter, she became a grandmother at 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 any social cause that needed attention and effort. She also dated actors like Ted Danson and Frank Langella previously. 


Her daughter Alex Martin is an actress and producer. She was awarded the title of Miss Golden Globe at the 1994 Golden Globe Awards. She has worked in numerous films and TV series like Call Me Claus, Descendants, Sensitive Men, and According to Alex.

Goldberg married Bernard Dean in 2011. Martin shares three children with him. She lives happily with her husband and children.

Whoopi Goldberg's Body Measurement 

  • Whoopi Goldberg's height: she stands at the height of 5ft 5 inches (1.65 m(
  • Weight: 130 Ibs (59 kg)
  • Body Measurement; 34-26-36.
  • Breast Size: 34 inch
  • Waist Size: 26 inch
  • Hips Size: 36 inch
  • Bra Size: 34 C
  • Education: Washington Irving High School 
  • Hair Color: Black 
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown 
  • Nationality: American 
  • Race / Ethnicity: African-American
  • Birth Name: Caryn Elaine Johnson
  • Age: November 13, 1955 (age 63)

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by sanjeet, 03 Feb, 2015

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