Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City in 1955. While in New York she worked some on Broadway but she also worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer. She would move to California and work at being a stand up comedienne. She would get an HBO show and as we say, the rest is history. She would do TV in the 1980's. It was in the 80's when she got into movies that her career would take off. This is not a best of list of her movies. It is a compilation of her movies that I have enjoyed over the years. Enjoy.
10. The Color Purple (1985) - The story is about a young black woman in the early 1900's. She would have two children that were taken away by her father. He would give her away to a gentleman. Who in actuality wanted her younger sister but she spurned him. The sister would be sent away. The movie would also star Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Rae Dawn Chong, and Laurence Fishburne.
9. Jumpin Jack Flash (1986) - A bank employee becomes embroiled in espionage in New York City. At first she just does some simple things for this disembodied voice but then she is the one being spied on. Stephen Collins, John Wood, Carol Kane, and Annie Potts star in this spy thriller comedy.
8.Ghost (1990) - A young couple who are deeply in love, the man loses his life but cannot cross over to the other side until he tells his lover that he was murdered and she knows the murderer. A psychic steps in and tells the woman just who killed her lover. This movie stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Tony Goldwyn.
7. Soapdish (1991) - A Soap Opera Queen who has been on the show for some 20 years has an up and coming young actress trying to get rid of her. She will try everything and anything to DE-throne the Queen. The cast includes Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Teri Hatcher, and Elizabeth Shue.
6.Sister Act (1992) - A lounge singer witnesses' a murder and hides out in a Convent of nuns. Mother Superior finds out what is actually going on and orders the young woman to lead the choir in exchange for their silence. Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, and Kathy Najimy also star.
5.Made in America (1993) - A young black woman finds out that her father is black and all he did was to donate some sperm. The girl and her mother make their way into this car salesman's life and turn it upside down. The cast includes Ted Danson, Will Smith, Nia Long, Paul Rodriguez, David Bowie, and Jennifer Tilly.
4. Eddie (1996) - A limo driver wins a contest to be coach for a day for the New York Knicks. She does so well that the owner fires the Head Coach and hires the limo driver. Problem is the owner is trying to move the team and wants to dupe everybody. Frank Langella, Dennis farina, john Sculley, and Rick Fox round out the cast.
3. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) - Civil Rights leader Medgar Evars is assassinated. Byron De la Beckwith is tried twice and gets off. Thirty years later they try him again, but this time is different. Also starring Alec Baldwin, James Wood, Virginia Madsen, Craig T. Nelson, and William H. Macy.
2. How Stella Got Her Groove back (1998) - A woman who needs a vacation due to her stressful job heads on down to Jamaica. There she finds passion and love and a new way to live. Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, and Regina King also star.
1.A Little Bit Of Heaven ( 2011) -A woman has a life changing experience after she visits her Doctor. She used to laugh off everything this way it wouldn't tie her down in any way. She thought it made her life easier. Now she is faced with a new reality. Kate Hudson, Kathy bates, Treat Williams, and Steve Weber are among the cast.
Whoopi Goldberg has been in the spotlight for some 30 years. She has been nominated for an Academy Award and she has hosted several Academy Award Shows. She is an activist and she is community conscience. She is a remarkable and very talented woman. She is going to give us laughs in several mediums whether it be Television, Film, or Stage for a very long time to come.