Whoopi Goldberg

<B> Funny resume </B>: "Jumpin' Jack Flash," the "Sister Act" movies, numerous Comedy Relief specials and her initial one-woman show on Broadway (a mix of comedy and quirky personalities).<br>
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<B>Serious turn</B>:  "The Color Purple"<br>
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<b>Did it work?</b> Goldberg was nominated for an Oscar for "The Color Puple," and won it in 1990 in a supporting role in "Ghost."  Goldberg has gone on to be one of a very select few performers to win an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000005162" title="Tony Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/theater/tony-awards-EVHST000005162.topic">Tony Award</a> and an Emmy.  With varying degrees of commercial success, it has worked out.
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Funny resume : "Jumpin' Jack Flash," the "Sister Act" movies, numerous Comedy Relief specials and her initial one-woman show on Broadway (a mix of comedy and quirky personalities).

Serious turn: "The Color Purple"

Did it work? Goldberg was nominated for an Oscar for "The Color Puple," and won it in 1990 in a supporting role in "Ghost." Goldberg has gone on to be one of a very select few performers to win an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy. With varying degrees of commercial success, it has worked out.

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