WIKI: Caryn Elaine Johnson, best known as Whoopi Goldberg (/ˈhwʊpi/; born November 13, 1955) is an American comedienne, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, author and talk show host.
Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away (1982), her breakthrough role was playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in the Deep South in the period drama film The Color Purple (1985).
She played Oda Mae Brown – a wacky psychic helping a slain man (Patrick Swayze) save his lover (Demi Moore) – in the romantic fantasy film Ghost (1990) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Goldberg was the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an acting Oscar (the first being Hattie McDaniel who won for Gone With the Wind in 1939).
She was co-producer of the television game show Hollywood Squares from 1998 to 2004. She has been the moderator of the daytime television talk show The View since 2007.
Goldberg has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television. She is one of the few entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. In the 1990s, Goldberg was rumored to be the highest paid actress for her appearances in film.
According to an anecdote told by Nichelle Nichols in the documentary film Trekkies (1997), a young Goldberg was watching Star Trek, and upon seeing Nichols’ character Uhura, exclaimed, “Momma! There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!” This spawned lifelong fandom of Star Trek for Goldberg, who would eventually ask for and receive a recurring guest-starring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
GUINAN, played by Whoopi Goldberg, is a recurring character on Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also appears in the TNG films Star Trek Generations and Star Trek Nemesis but is uncredited in both.
The character first appears in the second-season opening episode “The Child”, and she appears several times over the course of the next four seasons; she does not appear at all in the seventh season. She is said to have the closest relationship with Jean-Luc Picard, which is “beyond friendship” and “beyond family”.
Guinan is originally from El-Auria. As a refugee aboard the El-Aurian vessel Lakul, she is rescued from the Nexus by the USS Enterprise-B. Her people, the El-Aurians, sometimes called “listeners,” had been scattered throughout the galaxy after the Borg invaded their homeworld. The subsequent diaspora and reintegration of her people, and even their traditional clothing that Guinan still wears are interpreted as a reference to questions about race and colonization.
Her species is long-lived, and she is somewhere between 500 and 700 years old when she joins the Enterprise-D. “Time’s Arrow, Part I” reveals that she visited Earth in 1891, and “Rascals” establishes that her father was 700 years old during that episode.
Guinan reveals in Star Trek Nemesis that she has been married 23 times. She states in “Evolution” that she has many children, including a son who went through a phase when “he wouldn’t listen to anybody” – something unusual “in a species of listeners”.
Check out these video segments:
LOL @ Guinan Never Imposed Herself on Anyone
We Are Also Lonely
Guinan Gives Wesley Crusher Good Advice About Losing Somebody you Love
“The Measure of a Man” My absolute favorite Guinan scene.
Yep, if I ever walked into a lounge and needed to seek a listening ear, I be on the look out for Guinan.