Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955), known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg, was born in New York, New York. She is an American actor and comedian and a recipient of numerous accolades, she is the first and only African American to receive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT) awards. For her performance in the romantic fantasy film Ghost (1990) as an eccentric psychic, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a second Golden Globe Award. She starred in the comedy Sister Act (1992) and its sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), and became the highest-paid actress at the time.
Goldberg is an advocate for human rights, moderating a panel at the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit on how social networks can be used to fight violent extremism in 2008, and also moderating a panel at the UN on human rights, children and armed conflict, terrorism, human rights, and reconciliation in 2009.