Whoopi Goldberg is an artist who has won Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Awards. Goldberg, who has been in films such as The Color Purple and Ghost, is the host of the ABC chat show The View. Whoopi Goldberg is a celebrated actress, TV personality, author, and comedian who was given the name Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13th, 1955. The 65-year-old spent his early years in Manhattan, New York.
In the 1970s, Goldberg, who had never completed high school, took odd jobs in California before joining a theatre group, where she studied and taught comedy and acting. In the 1980s, Goldberg’s career took off, and she started to feature in a tonne of films, including Kingdom Come, The Color Purple, Fatal Beauty, The Long Walk Home, Sister Act, and Ghosts of Mississippi, to name a few.
For her depiction as clairvoyant Oda Mae Brown in the 1990 romantic fantasy film Ghost, Goldberg received an Academy Award. In addition to her Oscar, Goldberg has also won a Grammy for her album of Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway, a Tony for her Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, and a Daytime Emmy for her work on The View.
Whoopi Goldberg’s Ex-Husbands and Present Status
Whoopi Goldberg has been married and divorced three times in her life. She has a daughter, her only child, from her first marriage. A great-grandchild and three grandkids were also born to her daughter.
Alvin Martin and Whoopi Goldberg
Alvin Martin was the first spouse of Whoopi Goldberg. Alvin Martin is arguably the least well-known among her three ex-spouses. They were married for the longest period despite that (or perhaps because of it). In 1973, Goldberg and Alvin got married after dating each other for six years. In 1979, their divorce was legally finalized.
Alexandrea “Alex” Martin is the only child of Goldberg with Alvin. At this time, she is around 49-50 years old, and she was born on May 9th, 1973. In fact, she has a daughter Amarah Skye Martin and two sons, Jerzey Martin and Mason Martin, who are her three grown children.
Furthermore, Charli Rose Burr-Reynaud, her oldest child, has a daughter of her own. Whoopi Goldberg has also been honest about her abortion when she was 14 years old. She also mentioned that she had had multiple abortions since then.
David Claessen and Whoopi Goldberg
After Alvin Martin, Whoopi Goldberg was married to David Claessen, a Dutch director of photography. They got hitched on September 1st, 1986, and got divorced in October 1988, making their union just over two years longer than her third. David, 62, is an Amsterdam native who attended the Nederlandse Televisie & Film Academie.
He established himself as a renowned documentary filmmaker throughout Europe before moving to the US and working on advertisements. Mercedes, Heineken, Nike, and Cadillac are among the brands he carries. Additionally, he has shot music videos for performers, including Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, the Backstreet Boys, and Jay Z.
Lyle Trachtenberg and Whoopi Goldberg
Former actor and union activist Lyle Trachtenberg was Whoopi’s third and last husband. In the months of October 1994 and October 1995, they were wed for exactly one year. Prior to getting married, they had been dating for more than nine months.
The now-65-year-old Trachtenberg, who was born on January 1st, 1956, was a significant union activist who battled for unionization in the motion picture business. His one and only acting role were as “Husky Guy” in John Quinn’s comedy Beach Movie from 1998. In addition, he acted as himself in the George Clooney and Harvey Keitel-starring action-horror movie From Dusk Till Dawn in 1996.
Whoopi Goldberg’s opinion on marriage
Whoopi Goldberg spoke openly about her marriage and marriage in general in July 2019. She gave a lengthy interview to the New York Times, the conclusion of which was that Whoopi simply wasn’t cut out for marriage. Goldberg’s three unsuccessful marriages were among the topics discussed, highlighting her perspective on marriage. Goldberg declared that “Marriage was not for her despite all her efforts.”
In addition, Goldberg criticized the pressure that society places on women, particularly those over the age of 30, to get married and start families. In observing social norms, Goldberg also provided marriage with a chance (or three). However, after her third marriage failed, Goldberg was forced to reflect on her decisions and came to the realization that she no longer wanted to give her heart to it.
She added in the end that “it’s impossible for her to be married since everyone expects her to be.” The opinions that Goldberg stated to the Times magazine in 2016 were repeated in her remarks in the New York Times. Goldberg claimed to be happier than ever in that specific interview—happier even than when she was married. Goldberg acknowledged having love relationships in the past, despite the fact that they never led to marriage.