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Black History Month | Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg born November 13, 1955 as Caryn Elaine Johnson, is an American actor, comedian, author, Human Rights Advocate, and television host. She has been nominated for thirteen Emmy Awards for her work in television and is one of only twelve entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award, also known as the elusive ‘EGOT’ or as described by Billboards.com, the ‘Holy Grail’ of show business achievement. Goldberg received this highly esteemed honor in 2002, making her the first and to date, the only African-American to reach this pinnacle.
Whoopi Goldberg | Honors
In 1991 Whoopi Goldberg became only the second African-American woman to win the Academy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’, almost 50 years after Hattie McDaniel, who was the first African-American to win the award in 1940. She won her Oscar portraying the character Oda Mae Brown in the movie ‘Ghost’, opposite actors Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Goldberg is known for her strong belief that anything you want in this life is possible and it is important not to pigeon hole yourself, stating “I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities”. As it relates to the term actor verses actress, she has famously stated “An actress can only play a woman. I’m an actor, I can play anything.” Throughout her career she has confirmed that very statement, playing a white male in the movie ‘The Associate’. Whoopi Goldberg was the first woman to host the Academy Awards in 1991, according to Biography.com.
Quotes | Whoopi Goldberg
- “I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.”
- “An actress can only play a woman. I’m an actor, I can play anything.”
Whoopi Goldberg | Advocate
Among all of Whoopi Goldberg’s accomplishments, she is passionate about Human Rights. On April 1, 2010, Goldberg joined Cyndi Lauper in the launch of her ‘Give a Damn Campaign’ to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the LGBT community, according to Wikipedia. The campaign aims to bring straight people to ally with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community. Her high-profile support for LGBT rights and AIDS activism dates back to the 1987 March on Washington, in which she participated.
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