Whoopi Goldberg: Her Journey from Poverty to Megastardom

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This insightful biography traces the life and career of Whoopi Goldberg, exploring what makes her tick, how her irreverent and impressible persona gets her into trouble, why she is is such a workaholic, and how this unconventional actress has earned an unexpected reputation as a femme fatale photos, many in color.

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Seasoned celebrity biographer Parish here serves up the usual fare, this time focusing on comedian Goldberg. Covered are Goldberg's less-than-promising, poverty-ridden, drug-addled beginnings in New York City; her venture out West with daughter in tow; and her struggles as a single mother to survive with aspirations in check. Parish chronicles Goldberg's early stints as a successful stand-up comedian?where she honed her unique brand of irreverent humor that still pervades her film, television, and stage roles?through to her current status as, ultimately, a flak-proof comedian. The author includes overviews of her films, with the predictable riffs of preproduction background and gossip, plot summaries, quotes culled from extant sources, and excerpts from reviews. The focus is on the actor's irrepressible, though often undiscerning, penchant for work and the world's attempt to make a martyr out of her based on race, class, and gender?and her concomitant defiance. This is infused with the author's respect for his subject, but as is the nature of this ilk, the book will be out-of-date soon after publication. Recommended for larger general collections.?Jayne Plymale, Univ. of Georgia, Athens
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