Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955 in Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA) is an award-winning and acclaimed stand-up comedian, actress, producer, author and singer. She is best known for appearing in movies such as Burglar, Fatal Beauty (with Brad Dourif), Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, Ghost, the Sister Act films, The Lion King (with Matthew Broderick and Jeremy Irons), Bogus, Ghosts of Mississippi and Girl, Interrupted.
Her television work includes voice-overs on PBS' "The Magic Schoolbus", various Comic Relief specials for HBO with comedians Billy Crystal and Robin Williams and the syndicated hit show "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (and it's spin-off movie, Generations). She also served as executive producer and influence on the gameshow "Hollywood Squares". Since 2007, Whoopi has served as lead commentator and co-host on the daytime talkshow "The View".