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Born: November 13, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Began performing with the Hudson Guild children's program and the Helena Rubenstein Children's Theater at age eight
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Dropped out of high school and became in her words "a junkie"
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Moved to San Diego with her one-year-old daughter; co-founded the San Diego Repertory Theater
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Became a member of the improv group Spontaneous Combustion
1980:
Joined Blake Street Hawkeyes Theater
1982:
Began solo career touring in San Francisco with "The Spook Show"; later traveled through America and Europe
1983:
Co-authored the play "Moms Mabley" about the life of the pioneering black stand-up comic
1984:
Performed five different characters in the Broadway show "Whoopi Goldberg," directed by Mike Nichols
1985:
Made feature film acting debut in Steven Spielberg┬┐s "The Color Purple"; received Best Actress Oscar nomination
1985:
First TV appearance, "Mothers by Daughters" (PBS)
1986:
Began co-hosting "Comic Relief" (HBO) with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams
1988:
Played recurring role of Guinan, an enigmatic alien bartender on the syndicated sci-fi series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
1988:
Penned the HBO live comedy special "Whoopi Goldberg's Fontaine: Why Am I Straight"
1990:
Produced and performed on the comedy special "HBO Comedy Hour Live"
1990:
Played psychic Oda Mae Brown in the critically acclaimed drama "Ghost"; became the first African-American female to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in nearly 50 years
1990:
Provided voice of Gaia for the animated series "Captain Planet and the Planeteers"; received Daytime Emmy nomination
1992:
Made publishing debut with a re-vamped version of <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> as an urban fairy tale called <i>Alice</i>
1992:
Starred in the comedy hit "Sister Act"
1992:
Hosted the short-lived talk show "The Whoopi Goldberg Show"
1993:
Took to the habit again for the inevitable sequel "Sister Act II"
1994:
Became the first female and first solo black host of an Academy Awards show
1994:
Voiced one of the hyenas in Disney's blockbuster animated hit "The Lion King"
1995:
Signed a two-picture deal with Disney for nearly $20 million to appear in the ABC remake of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" (1997) and "A Knight in Camelot" (1998)
1996:
Co-starred with Frank Langella in the basketball comedy "Eddie"
1996:
Returned to host the 68th Academy Awards telecast
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Formed One Ho Productions
1997:
Replaced Nathan Lane as Pseudolus in the Broadway revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
1998:
Joined the new syndicated version of "Hollywood Squares" as the center square; also executive produced through One Ho Productions; earned 4 Emmy nominations
1999:
Returned for a third time to host the 71st Academy Awards
2001:
With Barbra Streisand, served as executive producer of the Lifetime movie "What Makes a Family"
2001:
Appeared as Death in the combined live-action animated fantasy film "Monkeybone"
2002:
Returned for a fourth time to host the 74th Academy Awards
2002:
Reprised role of Guinan for "Star Trek: Nemesis"
2003:
Cast in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Whoopi" as Mavis Rae, a member of a former one-hit wonder singing group
2005:
Voiced Franny, a wise old goat in the animated feature "Racing Stripes"
2005:
Starred in "Whoopi: Back to Broadway ┬┐ The 20th Anniversary," an HBO film of the one-woman show she performed in New York
2006:
Launched live syndicated radio program "Wake Up With Whoopi"
2006:
Joined the cast of "Everybody Hates Chris" (The CW) in a recurring role as an overly protective grandmother of a neighbor girl
2007:
Replaced Rosie O'Donnell as moderator and new co-host of "The View" (ABC)
2008:
Joined the Broadway musical "Xanadu" as the goddess Aphrodite and Calliope
2010:
Voiced the character of Stretch the Octopus in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"
2011:
Produced the Broadway musical adaptation of "Sister Act"
2012:
Played God in the romantic drama "A Little Bit of Heaven"

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