Whoopi goldberg dating history

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Some 15 years ago she lost her lucrative advertising deal with Slim Fast, the diet food, after a particularly salacious sex joke about President Bush. Not that long ago Goldberg, arguing that it was perfectly fine for one black to address another as ‘n-----', grew increasingly irritated by Hasselbeck's po-faced hectoring. But today, rant over, Goldberg swiftly recovers her good humour. Until now, Goldberg had not boarded an aeroplane for 30 years. (When she travels in America she has her own bus.) A quick fear-of-flying course was laid on by Virgin Airways and she managed, she says, ‘just fine'. Her fear also prompted a rather swish invitation to stay at Elton John's pile while in London.

And on The View, she regularly lets rip at co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck who, as a conservative mother-of-two, couldn't be more of a contrast to liberal, lefty Goldberg. ‘Elton phoned me and shouted: "I can't believe you are going to fly. Great cook though.' By now the stage has cleared and Patina Miller is rehearsing the final song, Spread the Love. Cool.' It could, however, disappoint audiences, she concedes. Oh, and I want some of those miniature wooden replicas of places like the Albert Hall. It's kinda cute, buying something made by English royalty,' she says, opening the door and lighting a cigarette at the same time. ‘Sister Act' opens at the London Palladium on June 2; 08; Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.

Her childhood was tough but her talent was obvious.

She made her stage debut at nine when she played a teapot in a school production.

' she says, poking a polished finger nail into the cement between the bricks on the back wall of the London Palladium. Though she hasn't been setting the silver screen alight of late, her foray into political commentary and her success as host of The View, Hollywood's rather po-faced version of British television's Loose Women, have plunged her back into the limelight.

So much so that during the Nineties, after her Oscar-winning role as a psychic in Ghost, Goldberg was Hollywood's highest paid woman actor.

In the time-honoured tradition of treading the boards a period of ‘resting' is almost a prerequisite for any self-respecting, aspiring young actor. Hancock, standing in the wings, bursts out laughing as one of the young dancers stumbles on her stilettos.

‘I kept bowing and bowing until a teacher dragged me off. It was the knowledge that I could command that stage.

‘When I was a kid I was told anybody could become President of the United States. And it's good to see a black man in the role.' Goldberg is proud of her colour but has few racist hang ups. What was so wonderful about that was that it was set in the future and it was practically the first time we saw that blacks had a future.' None the less, her pride in her cultural background prompted Goldberg to have her DNA tested to determine her African roots.

‘I get irritated when people refer to me as African American though. But, yes, it's great to see so many black women on screen.' A sci-fi addict, she remembers watching Nichelle Nichols in her inspirational role as Uhura in the original Star Trek series (Nichols is remembered for television's first interracial kiss when she snogged William Shatner), believing it a seminal moment in television. ‘Turns out I am descended from two tribes in the tiny African state of Guinea Bissau,' she says.

The country's head of state promptly issued an invitation to visit her homeland.

‘It took rather a long time coming,' she says wryly.

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