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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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The confusion over Ms. Goldberg's date of birth stems from when she was a young actress starting out. According to her, at the beginning her career, she lied about her age and added six years because "nobody would hire me to act. Everyone said I was too young". Her correct birthdate is 1955, not the 1949 as is often reported. (Source: Daily News, February 1, 1998)

Goldberg also padded her resume to indicate she had appeared in the chorus of such Broadway musicals as "Hair" and "Pippin"

In his biography of Goldberg, James Robert Parish discovered birth records for a Caren Johnson born in NYC on November 13, 1955.

The "projects" in which she grew up that she referred to in her 1991 Oscar acceptance speech were at 288 Tenth Avenue near 26th Street in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.

She contributed to a book about women's reproductive rights, detailing how she self-induced an abortion with a coat hangar when she was 14 years old.

On March 2000, she launched the Web site Whoopi.com.

Honored by the Starlight Foundation as Humanitarian of the Year (1989).

Named Woman of the Year (1992) by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate dramatic group.

In 1991, a breeder named a rose the Whoopi in Goldberg's honor.

Reportedly, Goldberg signed a book contract with William Morrow for approximately $6 million in July 1996. If industry speculation is accurate, this deal marks the then-largest book advance ever paid to an entertainer. Goldberg has announced that she will write without a ghost writer. She issued a statement: "I decided to write this book because I felt it was really time to say something--and I have A LOT of 'somethings' to say something about." --From New York Post, July 10, 1996.

"I believe that racism is something that we're always going to live with. What we in America have to decide is whether we're going to be covert racists or overt racists. The O.J. trial and the church burnings in the South have uncovered a festering problem that no one wants to talk about." --Whoppi Goldberg to Interview, January 1997.

Received an honorary degree from Brandeis University in 1997

When appearing at Harvard in November 1998, Goldberg was asked about the media's portraying Oprah Winfrey as the ideal black woman. Her answer: "I know if I answer you truthfully, I'll have to answer for it in the media, and I don't want to get into that with her." --From USA Today, November 11, 1998.

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