Caryn Elaine Johnson known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg (/ˈwʊpi/), is an American actor, comedian, author, and television personality.
Caryn Elaine Johnso, known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg is an American actor, comedian, author and television personality. Receiver of numerous awards, Goldberg is one of sixteen artists to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Tony Award.
He claimed that his stage name (“Whoopi”) was taken from a whoopee pillow; “When you perform on stage, you never really have time to go into the bathroom and close the door. So if you get a little gassy, you’ve got to let it go. So people used to say to me, ‘You’re like a whoopee cushion”. And that’s where the name came from.”
In 1992, Goldberg starred in the comedy Sister Act and earned a third Golden Globe nomination, her first for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical. She reprized the role of Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), making her the highest paid actress of the time.
Goldberg has been married three times. She was married to Alvin Martin from 1973 to 1979; to director of photography David Claessen from 1986 to 1988; and trade union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg from 1994 to 1995. In 1973 Goldberg gave birth to a daughter, Alexandrea Martin, who also became an actress and producer.
Goldberg is a co-founder of Whoopi & Maya, a company that makes medicinal cannabis products for women seeking relief from menstrual cramps. Goldberg says she was inspired to do business by “a lifetime of difficult periods and the fact that cannabis was literally the only thing that gave me relief”.