Whoopi Goldberg on Stage and Screen

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McFarland, Jan 14, 2013 - Performing Arts - 264 pages
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The name Whoopi Goldberg conjures images of laughter, sex, surprise, versatility, African heritage and Jewish identity, to name a few. How did she become such a major player in Hollywood and the larger world? This book provides an overview of some of Goldberg's most important efforts on Broadway and in motion pictures and television and the world of social activism. Major features include comparative analyses of Goldberg's work in relation to that of such notable performers as Bert Williams, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Dave Chappelle, as well as in-depth analyses of her work as the fictional Celie in the major motion picture The Color Purple; her Oscar-winning role as the fictional Oda Mae Brown in Ghost and her cultural impact as an American woman working.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
1 Made in America
3
2 The Infl uence of Jackie Moms Mabley and George Carlin
20
3 An American Artist in Hollywood
36
4 Black and Blues
57
5 The Impact of Richard Pryor and Bert Williams
79
6 Sister Rhythm and Blues
100
7 A Shoulder to Cry On A Woman to Stand Strong
125
8 Crossing the Lines
166
9 Playing the Part
185
10 Returning to Her Roots
213
Works Cited
233
Index
251
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Lisa Pertillar Brevard, Ph.D., a member of ASCAP, is part of the core faculty for humanities at Walden University. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains.