This versatile stand-up comedienne and performance artist gained the
attention of Hollywood with her eponymous show of character sketches.
With her trademark dreadlocks, gravelly voice and blunt, hip yet compassionate style,
She reprised the role in the feature "Star Trek: Generations" (1994) Goldberg has
also produced several special for cable and syndication. 5Her feature career enlivened
by "Ghost", Goldberg went on to a dignified dramatic role in the pre-civil rights 50s era film,"The Long Walk Home" (1990), and a comic part in "Soapdish" (1991) before
Low-key and informal, the show featured major stars but Goldberg was more of a gushy friend than a probing interviewer, and lackluster ratings led to a quick cancellation. She returned to films with "Made in America" (1993), a comedy co-starring Ted Danson, and the inevitable sequel, "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (also 1993). 5Far from making her difficult to cast, Goldberg's unusual and considerable talents and her earthy, straightforward persona have kept her extremely busy, from hosting two Academy Awards ceremonies to performing in the low-key romance "Corinna, Corinna" (1994), voicing Shenzi the hyena in "The Lion King" (1994) or playing a lesbian in the road film,"Boys on the Side" (1995). She was all-but-inescapable in 1996 starring in the passable comedy "Eddie", as an ardent basketball fan who wins the chance to coach her favorite team; the whimsical misfire "Bogus", about an orphaned boy who creates an imaginary friend to help him cope with his mother's death; "The Associate", a remake of a 1979 French/West German comedy, as an investment banker who furthers her career by employing male drag and "whiteface" to personify a fictional white male CEO; and Rob Reiner's "Ghosts of Missippi", a return to Civil Rights era drama, as Myrlie Evers-Williams, the wife of slain NAACP officer Medgar Evers.