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Totally Random Video: When film newcomer Whoopi Goldberg won Golden Globe for “The Color Purple”

Since 2007, Whoopi Goldberg has co-hosted and moderated The View with her acting career taking a bit of a back seat. But for more than 20 years before that, Whoopi was a big movie star with such comedy hits as Sister Act, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Soapdish, and Ghost for which she was an Oscar.

She also headlined many dramatic films including The Long Walk Home, Clara’s Heart, Ghosts of Mississippi, and Girl, Interrupted. Her breakthrough film came in 1985 with her role as Celie, a mistreated woman in the Deep South, in Steven Spielberg’s period drama film The Color Purple, for which she won the Golden Globe Award and earned an Oscar nomination.

Somewhat randomly, Whoopi’s Golden Globe speech popped up as a suggested video for me on YouTube and when I watched it, I realized I had never seen it before! It’s a very young Whoopi who managed to beat out Cher (Mask), Meryl Streep (Out of Africa), Anne Bancroft (Agnes of God) and Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful).

Whoopi’s co-star Oprah Winfrey was in the audience and I love how at the end of her speech Whoopi mentions Diahann Carroll and pays beautiful tribute to Hattie MacDaniel.

I’m so glad I came across this and am happy to share it with you.


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One Remark

  1. Wow, Greg, what a wonderful share it is! Thank you!

    Yes, I felt the warmth of love and gratitude from viewing this video, watching Whoopie discuss the craft, thanking the community for letting her have the opportunity to participate. I had never seen this myself until now, also.

    Thanks again, Greg!

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