Caryn Elaine Johnson, better known by her stage name, Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, author, and talk show host who is best known for her work in many feature films and television shows. including Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, and Cele in The Color Purple, for which she was nominated for a Best Leading Actress Academy Award. She has voiced Stormella, the main villain of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie, and Mrs. Peck in Our Friend Martin.
For Disney, she voiced Shenzi in the 1994 animated film The Lion King and its 2004 midquel, The Lion King 1½. She also voiced Miss Mittens in Snow Buddies and Stretch in the 2010 Disney/Pixar film, Toy Story 3. She made a cameo as herself in The Muppets. She even posed as the Genie in "Where Your Every Wish is Our Command" in the Disney Dream Portrait Series and voiced the White Rabbit's wife in the ABC series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Additionally, she voiced Ursula in Descendants 2, although she did not make a physical appearance in the film.
In addition, she guest-starred in episode 109 of Muppets Tonight. She also played Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act and its sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Dr. Vivien Morgan in A Knight in Camelot, Laurel Ayres/Mr. Cutty in The Associate, and Edwina 'Eddie' Franklin in Eddie. She even voiced the GameMaster in Miles from Tomorrowland, Lama in Season 2 of Elena of Avalor, and Mary Masembuko in the 1992 Hollywood Pictures film, Sarafina!. Since 2007, she has been hosting the ABC talk show, The View.
She was named a Disney Legend in 2017, but unlike the others in that class, she wasn't named in advance.
She was seen holding hands with Mickey Mouse in the "Hands Across America" music video.
She stated in her Disney Legends speech that because she was born the same year as Disneyland opened, she considers it home.
- "Elena of Avalor: Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Buscemi Among Guest Stars for Season 2 (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter (October 9, 2017).