1955 - Whoopi Goldberg, born on the 13th of November in the Chelsea section of Manhattan as Caryn Elaine Johnson. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway. She moved to California and worked with improv groups, including Spontaneous Combustion, and developed her skills as a stand-up comedienne.
1985 - First came to prominence with her starring role in The Color Purple. She received much critical acclaim, and an Oscar nomination for her role and became a major star as a result.
1986 - 1988 - Off-beat to formulaic comedies like Burglar, The Telephone, and Jumpin' Jack Flash were filmed by her.
1990 - She made her mark as a household name and a mainstay in Hollywood for her Oscar-winning role in the box office smash Ghost.
1992 - She received another smash hit role in Sister Act.
1996 - Alternated between lead roles in straight comedies such as Eddie and The Associate.
1998 - Frequently hosts the Academy Awards. She also is an author, with the book "Book."
2003 - Returned to television starring in the NBC comedy, Whoopi.
2006 - The radio program Wake Up With Whoopi premiered.
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