Famous Migraineurs: Whoopi Goldberg

Nancy Harris Bonk Health Guide
  • Many famous people live and work with Migraines, including actress, comedienne, author, and producer Whoopi Goldberg.


    On November 13, 1955, Caryn Elaine Johnson, aka Whoopi Goldberg, was born in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Caryn and her younger brother Clyde were raised by their mother Emma in the projects. Emma often juggled several jobs to make ends meet. Caryn was only eight when she made her stage debut at the Helena Rubinstein Children's Theatre at the Hudson Guild.


    While growing up, school was difficult for Whoopi. She was the brunt of many cruel jokes about being "dumb" because she had difficulty reading. Her teachers at school knew she wasn't "dumb." They were certain she had some sort of learning problem they couldn't identify. At 17, Whoopi dropped out of high school. Not until later in life did she learn she had dyslexia.

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    By the time she was 19, she'd already been married, divorced, struggled with drug addiction, and had a daughter. In 1974, Whoopi moved to California and started doing improvisational theater. It is during this time when she felt her name; Caryn Elaine Johnson, was just too ordinary. This is when Whoopi Goldberg was "born." Ms. Goldberg was performing ...


    You can read more about the impressive Whoopi in Whoopi Goldberg - Famous and Successful Despite Migraines.





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    Last updated June 6, 2010
Published On: June 06, 2010