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