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.