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Whoopi Goldberg : comedian and movie star
Caper, William.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Examines the life and career of the versatile actress and comedian who overcame a drug addiction and became the first black female Academy Award winner since 1939.
Reading Level:
1010 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.0 3.0 31452.
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PN2287.G578 C36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PN2287.G578 C36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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How did a poor, shy little girl from the housing projects of New York City rise to Hollywood stardom and international fame? By the time she was twenty years old, Whoopi Goldberg was a high school dropout, a recovered drug addict, and a divorced mother. Moving to California, she found whatever work she could: as a bricklayer, a bank teller, even a hairstylist for the dead at a funeral parlor. Throughout her life, Goldberg's dream was to be a performer, and that dream led her at last to Broadway and then to Hollywood and an Academy Award for her role in the movie Ghost. Outrageous Whoopi Goldberg is not a typical Hollywood personality, and her rocky pathway to success and fame is a compelling story.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. Goldberg's impressive rise from welfare recipient to major movie star is well chronicled in this admiring biography. Born in a New York City housing project, Goldberg was a former drug addict, a single mother, and a movie star by the time she was 20. Sixteen years later she became the second African American woman to win an Academy Award. Since then, her career and personal life have undergone many publicized ups and downs. Caper does a nice job of explaining the performer's sometimes complicated thoughts on race, gender, and art but does not provide a lot of details about the struggles Goldberg had to overcome. The facts of Goldberg's life make for an inspirational story, but the biography will be more useful as a reference than as a motivational tool. A chronology, a filmography, suggested readings, notes, and an adequate number of black-and-white photos are provided. --Marta Segal

Library Journal Review

Gr 7-9-An interesting and well-written biography. Goldberg's life is traced from her childhood in a housing project in the Chelsea section of New York to her early introduction to acting at a neighborhood youth theater, her battle with drugs, life as a single parent, and her successful career as an entertainer. Caper relates Goldberg's professional life from her start in Berkeley, CA, portraying Moms Mabley on stage, then moving back to New York to star in her own Broadway production, and, finally, her entry into film with The Color Purple. Her community involvement and fund-raising for the homeless, AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses are also noted. This is a more detailed and current biography than Sandor Katz's Whoopi Goldberg (Chelsea, 1996) or Mary Adams's Whoopi Goldberg (Silver Burdett, 1993). Black-and-white photos appear throughout.- Debbie Feulner, Northwest Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.