Award-Winning Actress Whoopi Goldberg to Address SCAD Graduates

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg

Award-winning actress, producer and bestselling author Whoopi Goldberg will address the Savannah College of Art and Design graduating class of 2011 at commencement ceremonies in Savannah and Atlanta, Saturday, June 4.

Goldberg will speak to graduates at SCAD’s 31st Savannah commencement ceremony, 9 a.m., at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. She will then address the graduates at SCAD Atlanta’s fifth commencement ceremony, 6 p.m., at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. N.W.

Born and raised in New York City, Goldberg worked in theatre and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she performed with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre troupe.

It was there that she created the characters which became “The Spook Show” and evolved into her hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and the HBO special that helped launch her career.

Goldberg made her motion picture debut in Steven Spielberg’s film version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” for which she earned an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Her performance in “Ghost” earned her the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Among her many awards and honors, Goldberg has placed prints of her hands, feet and braids in the forecourt of the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre.

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