Whoopi Goldberg - January 16, 2014

Yesterday, the American Treasure Tour blog began a new series highlighting actors, athletes and musicians whose faces adorn the walls of the Music Room and the Toy Box.  Today, we are going to continue this exciting adventure with Whoopi Goldberg!

Born Caryn Elaine Johnson in 1955 (or 1949 depending on who you believe), Whoopie adopted her nickname after people described her as a human whoopee cushion after she declared that, "If you get a little gassy, you've got to let it go!"   An accomplished performer on stage and screen, Goldberg has the distinction of having been awarded an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (the second African American woman ever to do so), an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony.  She has been in over 150 films, and was one of the highest-paid actresses of the 1990s.  Now a commentator on The View, Goldberg freely shares her often-contentious opinions in the talk-format television program. 

QUESTION:  For which of the following films did Whoopi Goldberg win her Academy Award?

a)  The Player

b)  The Color Purple

c)  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:  The Movie

d)  Girl, Interrupted

e)  Ghost

Answer Below.

HISTORY TODAY:

On this date in 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, prohibiting the sale or transport of alcoholic beverages.  The enforcement of Prohibition would begin on January 17, 1920, but this was the big day.  Little realized today, it did not make illegal the consumption or private possession of liquor, and medicinal or religious usage of alcohol remained permissible.  Deemed a great failure, the Twenty-First Amendment, enacted in 1933, repealed it.

2001 - Then-current President William Clinton posthumously awarded former President Theodore Roosevelt the Medal of Honor for acts of bravery conducted during the Spanish-American War, during the attack on San Juan Hill.  Unfortunately, the ex-President was not available in person to accept this honor.

BIRTHS:

The youngest man to become Vice-President of the United States to date, John C. Breckenridge was born near Lexington, Kentucky in 1821 into a prominent political family.  He himself became a member of the House of Representatives after honorable service in the Mexican War, then quickly ascended in the Democratic Party to be selected vice president under James Buchanan in the 1856 presidential election at the age of 35 years.  Relations between Buchanan and Breckenridge were never good during the former's one term of office, and severed when Breckenridge ran against Buchanan in 1856.  Both men lost to Lincoln, however, and Breckenridge sealed his own fate not long after by siding with the Confederacy during the Civil War.  After the war, he ran to Canada, only returning to the United States after President Andrew Johnson offered amnesty to all former Confederates in 1868.  Breckenridge died in Kentucky at the age of 54. 

QUOTE:

I don't look like Halle Berry. But chances are she's going to end up looking like me.  -- Whoopi Goldberg

Answer:  e)  Ghost