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Name: Whoopi Goldberg                                                               
Birth name: Caryn Elaine Johnson                                                     
Born: 13 November 1955 New York City, New York                                       
Whoopi Goldberg (born Caryn Elaine Johnson November 13, 1955) is an American         
actress, comedian, radio host, TV personality, game show host, and author.           
She is one of only ten individuals who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and     
a Tony Award, counting Daytime Emmy Awards. She is the second black American         
female performer to win an Academy Award for acting (the first being Hattie         
McDaniel). She has won two Golden Globe Awards and two Saturn Awards for her         
performances in Star Trek Generations and Ghost.                                     
On the August 1, 2007 broadcast of The View, Barbara Walters introduced her as       
the show's new moderator as of September 4. Meredith Vieira and Rosie O'Donnell     
previously held the position.                                                       
In October 2007, she announced on Larry King Live that she would be retiring         
from acting because she is no longer sent scripts: "You know, there's no room       
for the very talented Whoopi. There's no room right now in the marketplace of       
cinema. Being a Black intellectual with a Jewish surname finally caught up to me,"   
Goldberg told King.