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The show retitled Whoopi Goldberg for its Broadway incarnation, ran from October 24, 1984, to March 10, 1985, for a total of 156 performances; the play was taped during this run and subsequently broadcast by HBO as Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway in 1985.
While on Broadway, Goldberg's performance caught the eye of director Steven Spielberg.
In January 1990, Goldberg starred with Jean Stapleton in the situation comedy Bagdad Cafe. Simultaneously, Goldberg starred in The Long Walk Home, portraying a woman in the civil rights movement.
Between 19, she lived in East Germany, Goldberg trained under acting teacher Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York City.
She first appeared onscreen in 1982 in Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away, an avant-garde ensemble feature by San Francisco filmmaker William Farley.
He was about to direct the film The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker, and offered her a leading role.
The Color Purple was released in late 1985 and was a critical and commercial success.
In 1998, she gained a new audience when she became the "Center Square" on Hollywood Squares, hosted by Tom Bergeron.
She also served as executive producer, for which she was nominated for four Emmy Awards.
In the romantic fantasy film Ghost (1990), Goldberg played Oda Mae Brown, an eccentric psychic who helped a slain man (Patrick Swayze) save his lover (Demi Moore), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and a second Golden Globe, her first for Best Supporting Actress.
In 1992, she starred as a pretend sister in the comedy Sister Act, earning a third Golden Globe nomination, her first for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and reprised the role in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993).
Goldberg created The Spook Show, a one-woman show composed of different character monologues in 1983.
Director Mike Nichols offered to take the show to Broadway.
During the filming of Eddie, Goldberg began dating co-star Frank Langella, a relationship that lasted until early 2000.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating