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