Caryn Elaine Johnson, best known as Whoopi Goldberg is an American comedienne, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, author and talk show host.
Goldberg made her film debut in The Color Purple (1985), playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in the Deep South. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won her first Golden Globe Award for her role in the film. In 1990, she played Oda Mae Brown, a wacky psychic helping a slain man (Patrick Swayze) save his lover (Demi Moore) in the blockbuster Ghost. This performance won her a second Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; this made Goldberg only the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an acting Oscar - the first being Hattie McDaniel who won for Gone With the Wind in 1939. Notable later films include Sister Act and Sister Act 2, The Player, Made in America, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Girl, Interrupted and Rat Race. She is also acclaimed for her roles as the bartender Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation, as Terry Doolittle in Jumpin' Jack Flash, and as Carmen Tibideaux in Glee, as well as having performed voices for the highest and second highest grossing animated films, Toy Story 3 and The Lion King.