Born as Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13, 1955 in Manhattan, New York City, she is best known as Whoopi Goldberg.
Goldberg began her career working in theater and creating characters that became "The Spook Show" and evolved into the hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and HBO special that helped launch her career. During her Broadway show, Goldberg grabbed the attention of Steven Spielberg who cast her in "The Color Purple," as Celie, a mistreated black woman in the Deep South. It was as her first big-screen role.
Since then she has starred in many other films including "Ghost", "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "Girl, Interrupted" and will portray Calliope in her upcoming movie "Black Dog, Red Dog."
In 2002, Goldberg became part of a very elite group of artists who have won a Grammy ("Whoopi Goldberg"), an Academy Award ("Ghost"), a Golden Globe ("The Color Purple" and "Ghost"), an Emmy (as host of AMC's "Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel") and a Tony (as producer of "Thoroughly Modern Millie").
Goldberg has also penned many books including the children's book "Alice," the best-selling "Book," "Whoopi's Big Book of Manners" and "Sugar Plum Ballerinas."
Goldberg has appeared in a variety of television programs including "Soapdish" and had a recurring role on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as Guinan She has also hosted the Academy Awards. She currently serves as moderator of "The View" on ABC and recently guest starred on the television programs "Suburgatory," "The Middle," "666 Park Avenue" and "Glee."