Whoopi Goldberg Dedicated Almost 10 Years to Her 3 Marriages but Never Really Loved Any Husband

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Whoopi Goldberg remains widely loved by her friends and fans and has been a star part of Hollywood for more than three decades. However, marriage and love have not worked out so well for her.

Whoopi Goldberg is a longstanding host of the daytime talk show "The View" and an award-winning comedian, actress, and human rights activist.

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Her portfolio as an actress can only be bettered by an elite set of actors if any. She belongs to the scanty class of actors who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.  

Goldberg is best recognized for her effective performances in both comic and emotional roles. She is also known for her revolutionary work in the Hollywood film industry as an African-American woman, with her signature dreadlocks, big goofy grin, and sharp humor.

Goldberg continues to capture the attention of her fans and remains active in the movie business. While she has nothing more to prove as a star, Goldberg has not had much luck when it comes to finding love.

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The 66-year-old has been married three times and has had a series of relationships, but all ended in divorce. Goldberg even confessed that she would rather live alone than be married.
Whoopi Goldberg at the 63rd Annual Academy Awards. | Photo: Getty Images

Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City on November 13, 1955. The "Sarafina" star and her older brother, Clyde, were raised in a housing complex in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood by their mother, Emma. Emma had to work several jobs after her partner abandoned them.

During her early years, Goldberg had dyslexia without realizing it. Being dyslexic hampered her grades and led to her dropping out of high school at 17. Like many stars, after dropping out of school, she turned to the stage.

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Goldberg relocated to California in 1974 and spent the next seven years living in several locations, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. She worked as a mortuary beautician while seeking a career in Hollywood as things did not go as smoothly as she had hoped.
Whoopi Goldberg with daughter and grandkids during Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards | P

The mother of one finally got recognized for her talents, and soon, she got movie roles. It did not take long for her to establish herself as one of the big African-American stars in the industry.

Goldberg won a Bay Area Theatre Award for her portrayal of Comedienne Moms Mabley in a one-woman show during her time in San Francisco. Goldberg considers this period as one of the most crucial times of her life.

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She returned to New York City shortly after winning this prize, where she starred in the hugely famous "The Spook Show" in 1983. "The Spook Show" proved to be one of the most successful ventures of her career.

Her original comedy material was featured in the one-woman Off-Broadway play, which addressed the topic of race in America with certain profundity, flair, and wit.

"The Spook Show" was adapted to a Broadway stage by director Mike Nichols in 1984. Additionally, Goldberg earned a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in 1985 for the famous recording of skits from the show.

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She attracted the attention of Hollywood insiders as a result of her growing popularity. Goldberg was cast as the leading female role in Steven Spielberg's famous 1985 production of "The Color Purple," adapted from Alice Walker's novel, another major moment for her career.

"The Color Purple" received ten Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations. Goldberg was nominated for an Academy Award and won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

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In 1992, Goldberg debuted her talk show, "The Whoopi Goldberg Show." The show featured Goldberg in one-on-one interviews with key political and Hollywood personalities. It ran for 200 episodes until it was discontinued because of low ratings in 1993.

Goldberg was the first woman to host the Academy Awards three times, in 1994, 1996, and 1999. She also co-hosted "Comic Relief," a live exhibition of big-name comedians that collected money for the homeless, starting in 1986.

For her involvement in the seven live showcases, she received a special Emmy in 1997. Despite these great achievements, Goldberg's personal life was often filled with ups and downs. The actress claimed to have dedicated ten years of her life to marrying men she never loved.

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Goldberg's fans are usually surprised to find out that the TV legend walked down the aisle, not once but thrice. Goldberg loves to keep her life away from the spotlight, which is why little is known about her marriages to her three husbands, Alvin Martin, David Claessen, and Lyle Trachtenberg. Full Story: amomam

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Red Stalker

I don't think 3 marriages in 10 years qualifies as dedication. But that is the low standard that progressives set for dedication.


Whoopi married white men but then tells them everyday that the are scum white folk! How does a marriage work with her beliefs?

A Mom and Creole Sistahs

Uh, those guys were good looking. Well as that saying goes “ Opposites attract”. My husband and are completely different in every aspect yet we compliment each other?


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