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Whoopi Goldberg

  b. 1955 | American actress

At The Bottom
 1974

She was divorced and broke, with minimal job prospects and an infant to care for.

Caryn Elaine Johnson stared at her tiny baby and wondered how she would ever be able to support her.  She wondered how her own mother had done it — raising her and her brother alone after their father left the family when the children were young, somehow keeping everyone together in a housing project in New York City.  Caryn and her baby’s father had just separated after a difficult year of marriage.  A drug counselor, he’d helped Johnson kick the habit she’d picked up since dropping out of high school two years earlier, but their marriage turned out to be a disaster.  It collapsed for good a few months after their daughter was born.  Now, at the age of 19, she was divorced and broke, with minimal job prospects and an infant to care for.  She’d never really had a job, and without a high school diploma there were few options, and none of them good.

At The Top
 1991

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