Whoopi Goldberg has been chatting on The View in the mornings for ten years, replacing Rosie O’Donnell in 2007. But today Whoopi’s not only celebrating a decade on ABC’s most prestigious panel of talkers, she’s also celebrating her birthday. Whoopi turns 62 today — and the actress and media personality has packed any number of lifetimes into her six decades on earth. When dynamic singer Andra Day — most famous for the ubiquitous 2015 anthem “Rise Up” — hits The View on Whoopi’s birthday her rise up message will be old news to Whoopi. Why? Because Whoopi has been rising up forever.
Whoopi Goldberg has earned the Grand Slam of entertainment awards, having won the Oscar, Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award in her dazzlingly successful career. (That Oscar was for Ghost, best supporting actress.) Whoopi worked for what she’s got, studying acting under the tutelage of famous acting guru Uta Hagen. Notably, Whoopi has achieved her fame and platform without making too many compromises. Her political activism is actually part of her media personality on The View. And if Andra Day’s song has inspired millions, it’s very easy to see how it could have been inspired by Whoopi Goldberg herself. The View airs weekdays at 11am on ABC.