Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 14, 1955,
in New York. And since then, she's done just about everything there is
to do in Hollywood: movies, TV, stage, comedy, drama...
Whoopi started out as a stand-up comic, and developed
a hit one-woman show which wowed Broadway.
Later, she went on to star in a series of films,
including Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed "The Color
Purple", "Ghost" (for which she received the Oscar for Best
Supporting Actress), and the popular "Sister Act" movies. Her
many other roles have included parts in "Clara's Heart," "Jumpin'
Jack Flash", "Ghosts of Mississippi," "Boys on the
Side," "Soapdish" and "The Player." She even
did the voice of a hyena in Disney's "The Lion King."
On TV, Whoopi joined the the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise
as a regular on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", playing
the mysterious 'Guinan', a role she reprised on the big screen in two "Star Trek"
movies. (She had been inspired early in life by the character "Uhura"
in the original "Star Trek" series.)
She has won five Peoples Choice Awards, five NAACP Image
awards, two Golden Globes, a Theatre World award, a Drama Desk
Award, a Grammy Award and the Oscar. She has also has been honored with
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has had her hand & foot
prints immortalized in wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
And that's not to mention that she was also the first
woman ever to host the Academy Awards show - multiple times.
And now Whoopi has resurrected (and executive produces)
the classic game show "Hollywood Squares" - with herself
as the center square.
Host Tom Bergeron
was born and raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on May 6, 1955
(the same year as Whoopi). He started out in his home town as a disk jockey
back in the '70s, for the radio station WHAV.
Tom moved to television in the 80's, and joined Boston's
WBZ-TV, where he hosted several popular talk shows and children's programs.
After a stint on cable (FX), he moved on to network TV, hosting Fox's "Fox
After Breakfast". He served as a fill-in anchor for ABC's "Good
Morning America", and has also hosted "America's Funniest Home
He became the host of "Hollywood Squares"
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