Photo of Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg

Born Caryn Elaine Johnson on Nov. 13, 1955, in New York, N.Y., the future Whoopi Goldberg worked odd jobs while taking small acting roles on Broadway. She eventually moved to California to hone her improv and acting skills.

Goldberg's one-woman show brought her national attention and led to her being cast as the lead in The Color Purple (1985), for which she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. A string of film comedies led to her Oscar-winning supporting role in the blockbuster Ghost (1990), which resulted in more substantial parts in Soapdish (1991) and Sister Act (1992).

After memorable voice work in The Lion King (1994), Goldberg shined again in Ghosts of Mississippi (1996). From 1998 to 2002, she occupied the center square on "Hollywood Squares" and took supporting roles in movies such as The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Rat Race (2001).

Whoopi Goldberg in Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap

2015 PG-13

While living an uneventful existence with her mother in a Virginia coal-mining community, pharmacist Ave Maria Mulligan comes upon information that eventually transforms not only her life but the life of the town.

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