Kennedy Cen­ter is pre­par­ing to Whoopi it up

The Washington Post Sunday - - THIS WEEK - BY ROGER CATLIN style@wash­ Catlin is a free­lance writer.

Though she’s largely known these days for her day­time tele­vi­sion role on “The View,” Whoopi Gold­berg also is an ac­tress, a writer, an ac­tivist and a co­me­dian (she brings her standup act to the Kennedy Cen­ter Fri­day). She’s one of just 12 peo­ple who have at­tained EGOT sta­tus— win­ning Emmy, Grammy, Os­car and Tony awards. Gold­berg, 59, was nom­i­nated for an Os­car for her first ma­jor movie role—“The Color Pur­ple,” 30 years ago — and be­came the sec­ond African Amer­i­can woman (af­ter Hat­tie McDaniel) to win an Os­car for her sup­port­ing role as Oda Mae Brown in 1990’s “Ghost.” And af­ter 1992’s “Sis­ter Act,” she be­came one of the high­est­paid women in Hol­ly­wood, and one of the busiest. Here are some of the roles Gold­berg has played in more than 100 movies.

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

A banker who be­comes in­volved with a spy ring. Gold­berg’s role in Penny Mar­shall’s 1986 di­rec­to­rial de­but was her first film af­ter “The Color Pur­ple.”

“The Long Walk Home”

A woman in 1955 Mont­gomery, Ala. The 1990 drama also starred Sissy Spacek.

“The Player”

A de­tec­tive. Robert Alt­man di­rected this 1992 Hol­ly­wood satire star­ring Tim Rob­bins.

“Made in Amer­ica”

A mother whose sur­prise sperm donor is played by Ted Dan­son. Dur­ing the film­ing of this 1993 movie, the two be­came an item.

“The Lion King”

The voice of Shenzi, one of the hye­nas in this 1994 clas­sic and its se­quel.

“The Lit­tle Ras­cals”

Buck­wheat’s mom in this 1994 re­make.


A limousine driver who sud­denly be­comes the new York Knicks coach in this 1996 com­edy with Frank Lan­gella.

“Ghosts of Mis­sis­sippi”

Medgar Evers’s wife in this 1996 Rob Reiner film star­ring Alec Bald­win and James Wood.

“How Stella Got Her Groove Back”

As Delilah, Gold­berg per­suades Stella to take her va­ca­tion in this 1998 ro­mance star­ring An­gela Bas­sett.

“Girl, In­ter­rupted”

A hos­pi­tal nurse. An­gelina Jolie won an Os­car for her role in this 1999 movie star­ring Wi­nona Ry­der.

“Star Trek: Neme­sis”

In this 2002 fea­ture, Gold­berg ap­pears un­cred­ited as Guinan, her re­cur­ring char­ac­ter on TV’s “Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion.”

“Su­per Ba­bies: Baby Ge­niuses 2”

Gold­berg plays her­self in this 2004 com­edy star­ring Jon Voight and Scott Baio, con­sid­ered one of the worst movies of all time.

“Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail”

A judge. “Whoopi is truly test­ing our faith,” the pod­cast “Dis­ci­ples of Whoopi” said of this 2009 com­edy.

“Toy Story 3”

The voice of Stretch, the sticky pur­ple oc­to­pus toy, in this 2010 hit.

“For Col­ored Girls”

Gold­berg is among the large cast of women in Tyler Perry’s 2010 adap­ta­tion of Ntozake Shange’s play.

“Top Five”

Gold­berg pops up as her­self in Chris Rock’s well-re­ceived com­edy last year.


Whoopi Gold­berg at the 2015 Scholas­tic Art & Writ­ing Awards Na­tional Cer­e­mony at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Gold­berg and NBA player John Sal­ley in a scene from the 1996 movie “Ed­die.”

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