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In the romantic fantasy film Ghost (1990), Johnson played Oda Mae Brown, an eccentric psychic who helped a slain man (Patrick Swayze) save his lover (Demi Moore), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and a second Golden Globe, her first for Best Supporting Actress.In 1992, she starred as a pretend nun in the comedy Sister Act, earning a third Golden Globe nomination, her first for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and reprised the role in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993).), is an American actress, comedian, author, and television host.She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.From 1998 to 2001, Johnson took supporting roles in How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett, Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder, and Angelina Jolie, Kingdom Come and Rat Race with an all-star ensemble cast.She starred in the ABC-TV versions of Cinderella, A Knight in Camelot, and Call Me Claus.The show retitled Whoopi Goldberg for its Broadway incarnation, ran from October 24, 1984, to March 10, 1985, for a total of 156 performances; the play was taped during this run and subsequently broadcast by HBO as Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway in 1985.
She first appeared onscreen in 1982 in Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away, an avant-garde ensemble feature by San Francisco filmmaker William Farley.In 1998, she gained a new audience when she became the "Center Square" on Hollywood Squares, hosted by Tom Bergeron.She also served as executive producer, for which she was nominated for four Emmy Awards.In January 1990, Johnson starred with Jean Stapleton in the situation comedy Bagdad Cafe. Simultaneously, Johnson starred in The Long Walk Home, portraying a woman in the civil rights movement.She played a psychic in the 1990 film Ghost and became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in nearly 50 years, and the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting (the first being Hattie Mc Daniel, for 1939's Gone with the Wind).