In 1992, she starred as a pretend religious sister in the comedy Sister Act, earning a third Golden Globe nomination, her first for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and reprised the role in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993).
Her other film roles include Made in America (1993), The Lion King (1994), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Girl, Interrupted (1999), For Colored Girls (2010) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).
In television, Goldberg is known for her role as Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and since 2007, she has been the moderator of the daytime television talk show The View.
She has stated that her stage forename ("Whoopi") was taken from a whoopee cushion; "If you get a little gassy, you've got to let it go.
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While on Broadway, Goldberg's performance caught the eye of director Steven Spielberg.
He was about to direct the film The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker, and offered her a leading role.
The film was a modest success, and during the next two years, three additional motion pictures featured Goldberg: Burglar (1987), Fatal Beauty (1987), and The Telephone (1988).
Though these were not as successful as her prior motion pictures, Goldberg still garnered awards from the NAACP Image Awards.
Goldberg and Claessen divorced after the poor box office performance of The Telephone, which Goldberg was under contract to star in.
As the 1980s concluded, she participated in the numerous HBO specials of Comic Relief with fellow comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.
In January 1990, Goldberg starred with Jean Stapleton in the situation comedy Bagdad Cafe. Simultaneously, Goldberg starred in The Long Walk Home, portraying a woman in the civil rights movement.