“Bits and Pieces” by Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg has been in the spotlight for four decades. Nowadays she longs for a quiet place in the sun. She has found a holiday home – and peace – on the Italian island of Sardinia.

“A lot of people just need a place to go 'Aaaaaaaah,'' she said. 'The more I wrote about my mother, I thought: I would have liked to give this to her. Same with my brother.”

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Comedian, actress and memoirist Whoopi Goldberg, with correspondent Seth Doane, during her retreat on the island of Sardinia.

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She thought a lot about her mother, Emma, ​​and brother, Clyde, both of whom have passed away. They are subjects of Goldberg's new memoir, “Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me,” out this week.

In the book, she describes her childhood — growing up as Caryn Johnson in a housing project in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood — as quite idyllic. “That was it, I was very lucky,” she said. “For me, it was a great time to have the freedom with a mother who really just said, 'Listen, you're going to have to sort of figure this out on your own. I can't give you all the answers.'”

Her mother was a teacher, and when young Caryn left school, she made a pact with her mother to use the city's museums and libraries to continue learning. “You know, a lot of people had two parents; I only had one,” Goldberg said. “And that parent acted like 900 people, you know? She never made it about what we didn't have; she made it about what we didn't have. did have, and how you can celebrate that.”

Goldberg began acting on stage, reaching Broadway and receiving an Oscar nomination for her first major film role, “The Color Purple.” It is said that for a time she became the highest paid actress in Hollywood, with hits like 'Sister Act'.

She says her mother also had a knack for acting, like when Marlon Brando came along: “My mother would turn into the 'other Emma,'” Goldberg said. “She came in and I stood up specifically to say, as she was coming towards us, 'Don't be afraid. That's Marlon Brando sitting on the couch.' But I couldn't. All I could say was, “Hey, Mom, meet Marlon Brando, who came to visit us.” And she just said: “Mr. Bran-do.” Wait, wait, who Are You?”

Patrick Swayze wanted her to play a psychic in “Ghost,” for which Goldberg won an Oscar.


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Add to that an Oscar, two Emmys, a Grammy and a Tony, making her one of about 20 people with EGOT status.

Her book chronicles the beginnings of her career and doesn't hold back, detailing problems with drugs, getting on benefits and learning that marriage isn't for her after three tries.

Doane asked, “Are you still in love with the idea of ​​being in love, or has that just disappeared?”

“I think other people seem to shine when they're in love, and I like to see that,” she said. “But for me, it's like I shine when I am not in love, which is quite okay. And the older I get, the happier I am.

“And just in case, and I'm addressing this to people who might want to write to me on the Internet, here's the deal: I know how cute I am. So you don't have to tell me I'm not.” attractive enough to have a boyfriend, because shockingly I've had a lot!”

“Are you always as confident as you seem?”

“I'm very confident,” Goldberg said. “But I'm also confident in making huge mistakes and ingesting a lot of shit along the way.”

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On “The View,” the talk show she has co-hosted for 16 years, Goldberg made a comment about the Holocaust that she said was misunderstood. She apologized, but ABC suspended her for two weeks in 2022.

Doane asked, “When you look back on that Holocaust comment on 'The View,' for which you were suspended, do you regret it?”

“I don't know how to answer that,” she said, “because people are waiting for me to say something. I said what I had to say, and they suspended me. I respected what they said. I respected everyone's opinion. opinion. And if anyone is ever really interested [in what I said] they can look it up in its entirety. But I won't put myself in that position again.”

She has long advocated for a range of issues, often using the show as a platform. But in Sardinia she can disconnect from the world. She flips through audiobooks (she has about 9,000), and sometimes she just sits.

Doane looked out at her peninsula and asked, “Oh my God, how are you ever going to leave?”

“Very reluctantly!” she laughed.

She dreams of finding a way to spend six months a year in Sardinia. “I'm ready to not be scrutinized as much as I am,” she said. “And I think the further away I get from opinion television, the easier it will be for a while.”

At 68 years old and a great-grandmother, Whoopi Goldberg's groundbreaking journey has been one of reinvention and determination. She calls herself “a special kind of person” and says she was well-equipped – starting with her mother's lessons in that two-bedroom apartment in New York. It makes her place in Sardinia all the more impressive.

“It's the end of a peninsula,” she said. 'I mean, I come from the projects. I have a peninsula! This is a long way from Chelsea!'


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Story produced by Aria Shavelson. Editor: Remington Korper.

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