Happy Birthday Whoopi Goldberg!
Comedic actress who gained recognition for her role in The Color Purple and co-produced the game show Hollywood Squares. She is one of very few actors to have won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony Award.
From 1979 to 1981, she worked in several theater productions in Communist East Germany, where she smuggled contraband for her artist friends.
She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing an eccentric psychic in the 1990 movie Ghost.
Her name comes from the whoopee cushion gag toy. She married Alvin Martin in 1973, and the couple had one daughter before divorcing in 1979.
She starred in the film adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple.