Long before Whoopi Goldberg was making headlines for walking off the set of The View, she was making movies. Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in more than thirty films, was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for The Color Purple and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Ghost.
Some of Whoopi Goldberg’s starring or co-starring appearances might have been missed because of the genre, they were not recognized by the awards committees or didn’t attain critical acclaim. Following are four Whoopi Goldberg film appearances you might have missed.
Boys on the Side – 1995
This tale of deep friendship among three women starred Whoopi Goldberg as lesbian singer Jane, Drew Barrymore as wild-child pregnant and unmarried Holly and Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker as AIDS victim Robin.
A ride-share from the East Coast to an uncertain future brings these three very different women together, forming an unbreakable bond while twisting through violence, new love, unrequited love and pain. Not just a chick flick, Boys on the Side brings laughter and tears together beautifully.
Girl, Interrupted – 1999
A starring vehicle for Winona Ryder, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to co-star Angelina Jolie. The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age in a state institution was bypassed by many who thought of it as just another Ryder young-angst film.
Whoopi Goldberg appeared as no-nonsense Nurse Valerie Owens and gave Winona Ryder’s Susanna more than one dose of reality, even when assaulted with a racist barrage.
Corrina, Corrina – 1994
Whoopi co-starred with Ray Liotta in this film about the relationship between a widower, his traumatized daughter and his housekeeper.
Set in 1959, Corrina Washington uses humor and love to break through to young Molly following her mother’s death. A musician, Manny Singer has his own grief to work through and leans on Corrina more than acceptable during the time period.
The Long Walk Home – 1990
The same year Whoopi Goldberg won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Ghost, she starred in The Long Walk Home with Sissy Spacek. The dramatization of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 was overshadowed at the box office yet remains one of Goldberg’s best performances.
Oddessa Cotter chooses to support the bus boycott and walks several miles every day to her housekeeping job with the Thompsons. Miriam Thompson (Spacek) sympathizes but must follow her husband’s directive to not assist Cotter by giving her a ride. The racial tensions in mid-50s Alabama are well presented and the relationship between housekeeper and employer evolves to trust and friendship.
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Source: Huffington Post