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Photo of Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi Goldberg won the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in 2001)

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg has won numerous awards and received considerable acclaim for her work in film, television, recordings and theater. She is equally well-known for her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other causes and charities. Born and raised in New York City, Goldberg worked in theater and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she performed with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theater troupe. It was there that she created the characters that became The Spook Show, which evolved into the hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and HBO special Whoopi Goldberg, Direct from Broadway, that helped launch her career. She returned to Broadway in 1997, where she received rave reviews for her performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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