Caryn Elaine Goldberg, popularly known as Whoopi Goldberg, is an American comedian, actor, television show host and author, who is regarded as one of the most accomplished entertainers in Hollywood history. She has won a number of awards in her career for both her work on television as well as on the big screen. She also has the distinction of being the second black woman to have won the ‘Oscar’. Goldberg first tasted mainstream success with the film ‘The Color Purple’ in 1985, directed by Steven Spielberg and she never looked back since. However, she also became one of the most prominent comedians and television show hosts during her illustrious career, which goes to show her versatility as a media personality. Goldberg has been an outspoken personality, who has spoken about a range of subjects starting from politics, show business and racial integration to current affairs, which is why it is not a surprise that there are so many quotable quotes that have been delivered by her over the years. On the other hand, her ready wit and sense of humour has also provided immortal one-liners that would forever be remembered. Here is a collection of some of her most famous quotes and thoughts by Whoopi Goldberg.
I have the strangest time to get cast in anything. 'Ghost' was the same thing. Six months I had to wait for them to decide they had seen everybody possible. Why not? What limits me? I'm black? Oh, am I black?
All I really want to do is just keep acting, and some of it will stink, and some of it will be really good, and maybe when I'm 85 and presenting an Oscar like Bette Davis did, I can look back and say, 'It was okay, I did all right.'
And I don't believe that I have to stay on one side of the fence or the other. I don't believe that there is any good career move or bad career move. I believe there are only the things that make me happy.
Most of all, I dislike this idea nowadays that if you're a black person in America, then you must be called African-American. Listen, I've visited Africa, and I've got news for everyone: I'm not an African.
I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis, because... you know. What's good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now. So, to keep in touch with that, I think that's the first ingredient for success. Because if you're a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.
There are roles I am never considered for. Meryl Streep roles, let's say. Why not? I really wanted to do 'Ironweed,' for example, because the depression era in this country was one of the best for multiracial people, because everybody was poor. Everybody lived in the tents, and under buildings, and under gratings, together.
TALIBAN-ESQUE Any behavior that imposes the beliefs of one person on everyone else. Conversations with the Taliban-esque are impossible. They aren't even conversations. WIth them, it's my way or no way.