The Evolution of Whoopi Goldberg

Check out Whoopi's stand out moments on the big screen.

The Color Purple (1985)

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The Color Purple (1985) - Spielberg's adaptation of Alice Walker's classic piece of literature served as Goldberg's (and Oprah's) film debut. Her dramatic portrayal of Celie Harris Johnson led to an Oscar nomination and kick-started an impressive film career spanning over two decades. (Photo: Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection)

Ghost (1990)

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Ghost (1990) - Making a guest appearance in this early 90's hit, Goldberg took on the role of Oda Mae Brown, a fortune teller who learns that she actually has psychic powers and can communicate with the dead.(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Sister Act (1992)

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Sister Act (1992) - Goldberg won over audiences everywhere as singer-turned-nun Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence, who was placed into a convent as part of a witness protection program. (Photo: Touchtone Pictures)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) - Picking up where the last film left off, Deloris Van Cartier is urged back into service to help save a Catholic school in danger of closing. The movie went on to gross close to a $100 million dollars.   (Photo: Touchtone Pictures)

The Lion King (1994)

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The Lion King (1994) - In 1994, Goldberg took on the voice of the hyena Shenzi in the Disney blockbuster The Lion King. (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)

Eddie (1996)

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Eddie (1996) - Goldberg portrayed diehard Knicks fan Eddie Franklin who, by a series of fortunate circumstances, gets to coach her favorite basketball team. (Photo: Hollywood Pictures)

Angela Bassett  - You know her from How Stella Got Her Groove Back, What?s Love Got to Do With It, Waiting to Exhale and even for leading the "black don't crack movement," but did you know that Angela Bassett started her career in the 1985 play Black Girl? (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) - Goldberg plays the discerning friend of Angela Basset's Stella, the character whom the movie is named after.  (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

Kingdom Come - A star studded cast like 2001's Kingdom Come (LL Cool J, , Jada Pinkett Smith, Whoopi Goldberg) would have been incomplete without Cedric the Entertainer on the roster.(Photo: Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Kingdom Come (2001) - Goldberg won a NAACP Image Award for her role as Ryanelle Slocumb, a recently widowed woman who must face the rest of her dysfunctional family at her husband's funeral.(Photo: Fox Searchlight)

Rat Race (2001)

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Rat Race (2001) - Goldberg left her competition in the dust in this comedy about several groups of people competing to find a fortune hidden by an eccentric billionaire. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Toy Story 3 (2010)

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Toy Story 3 (2010) - Goldberg once again went into voiceover work as the conflicted toy named Stretch in the third installment of the Toy Story film franchise.  (Photo: Disney Pictures)

For Colored Girls (2010) - In Tyler Perry's film adaptation of Ntozake Shange's play, For Colored Girls, Kerry portrayed Kelly, a social worker dealing with her own set of family issues.(Photo: Lionsgate)

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For Colored Girls (2010) - In one of her most provocative roles to date, Goldberg plays Alice Adrose, a sordid religious zealot who has deeply rooted conflicts with her daughters.(Photo: Lionsgate)