One of the most famous female comedians in the United States, Whoopi Goldberg is also known for her dramatic performances in numerous films. Goldberg made a name for herself in the early 1980s with a one-woman stage production, The Spook Show. After touring the United States, she took her hit show to Broadway, which led Steven Spielberg to cast her in his film adaptation of The Color Purple.
In addition to her Oscar for Ghost, Goldberg has a Grammy for Whoopi Goldberg (1985), an Emmy for hosting Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (2002) and a Tony for producing Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002). In 2006 Goldberg jumped into the world of satellite radio, but the next year she joined the panel of hosts on TV's The View.