Whoopi Goldberg, Center Square and Executive Producer of "Hollywood Squares" has won numerous awards and considerable acclaim for her work in film, television, recordings and theater. She is equally well known for her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other charities and causes.
Born and raised in New York City, Whoopi worked in theater and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she performed with Blake Street Hawkeyes Theater Troupe. It was there that she created the characters, which became "The Spook Show" and evolved, into her hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and the HBO special that helped launch her career.
Whoopi made her motion picture debut in Steven Spielberg's film version of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," for which she earned an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Her performance in "Ghost" earned her the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Whoopi has also starred in such films as "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Clara's Heart," The Long Walk Home," "Soapdish," "The Player," "Sarafina!" "Sister Act," "Sister Act II," "Made In America," "Corrina, Corrina," Disney's animated "The Lion King," "Star Trek: Generations," "Boy's on the Side," "Ghosts of Mississippi," "Eddie," "The Associate," and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" with Angela Bassett, as well as the upcoming "Deep End of the Ocean," with Michelle Pfeiffer.
On television, Whoopi appeared for five seasons on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," she co-starred with Jean Stapleton in "Bagdad Café" and hosted her own syndicated late night talk show, "The Whoopi Goldberg Show." She appeared with Glenn Close and Bridget Fonda in the Emmy-nominated HBO drama, "In the Gloaming," directed by Christopher Reeve, as well as "The Wonderful World of Disney's "Cinderella" and the upcoming "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." She has appeared on many television series and specials, including her own HBO specials, ABC's "A Gala for the President at Ford's Theater" and eight "Comic Relief" telecasts with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams. Among numerous other nods, Whoopi received Emmy Award nominations for hosting the 66th and 68th Academy Awards" telecasts.
Whoopi and her One Ho Productions recently entered into a production agreement with Columbia TriStar Television. The first look executive producing deal will allow her to develop ideas and properties for series, longform (movies for television and mini-series), specials, gameshows and children's programming for all day parts. In addition to the Oscar, the Grammy and two Golden Globe Awards, Whoopi has been honored for her many humanitarian efforts.
In 1992, Whoopi made her debut as an author with her first children's book, "Alice." Her second literary endeavor, simply entitled "Book," became a best seller in the U.S. and around the world. She recently returned to Broadway, garnering rave reviews in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."