Comedian Caryn Elaine Johnson took her name from a whoopee cushion, and changed her last name because her mother felt Johnson wasn't "Jewish enough" to make her a star.
Goldberg has her own status as one of the rare recipients of all four major performance awards – an Emmy, an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Tony. Her name was recently left off a list of past black Oscar winners published in The New York Times, despite her win in 1991 for her role in “Ghost,” and she has not hidden her disgust for this omission.
“Oh no, I don’t think you read about me there,” Goldberg said, rolling her eyes, at the mention of the article during a talk at the 92nd Street Y in the Upper East Side.
The New York Times released a statement on Monday responding to Goldberg's upset, saying that the "point of the piece was not to name every black actor or actress who has been awarded an Oscar" but instead to compare the number of winners prior to 2002 to those who have won since.
Goldberg produced “Sister Act: The Musical,” which will open on Broadway this March. The show originally began in London in 2008, which forced Goldberg to travel abroad – something she doesn’t typically do since she doesn’t like to fly.
“I didn’t fly for 15 years – I have my bus,” Goldberg said. “But Tom [Leonardis] says to me, off the cuff, ‘We’re going to London next month for the show’ and I said, ‘We’re going to have to get an anesthesiologist.’”
Now that her fears are somewhat under control, thanks in part to modern medicine, Goldberg announced Thursday that she will be heading back overseas in the coming months for a royal interview.
“I’m being interviewed by Prince Edward at Windsor Castle,” Goldberg said. “I know him, so it’s a comfortable situation for me, and for him too.”