The Joy of Being Whoopi Goldberg

With a new movie and her own TV talk show starting this week, actor-comic Whoopi Goldberg has left the welfare rolls far behind

SHE'S GOT A MOUTH ON HER. OOOOOOH, yeah! Uh-huh! Whoo-pi! Gives a little grin, lets loose a blast of in-your-face black street trash, something about yo muthuh. True, child.

That mouth, impish or hellacious, is where Whoopi Goldberg goes one up on the world. Twist it, she's a funny little troll. Smile like the Queen of Sheba, she is the Queen of Sheba, a knee-weakening beauty (don't doubt it; like Meryl Streep, who's also less than a stunner, Whoopi can play beauty). Shove out her jaw, she's a bad-mouth male junkie -- yeah, name's Fontaine, attitude's his game, what's your problem?...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!