"He was funny. He was a funny guy." And Whoopi Goldberg knows from funny.
She's gone from standup to actress to talk show host to now director, but there's still one role that Goldberg is most remembered for: Oda Mae Brown, the fraudulent psychic who makes a real connection to the other side in 1990's "Ghost." It was the role that won her an Academy Award (and yes, she did E.G.O.T. as they say on "30 Rock," winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony). But the part of the "Ghost" experience that still puts a smile on her face today was working with the late Patrick Swayze.
Whoopi Goldberg at the 2013 Tribeca FIlm Festival (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Goldberg was at the Tribeca Film Festival to premiere her debut as a documentary film director, "Moms Mabley: I Got Something to Tell You." It's a look back at the groundbreaking career of the standup comedienne Moms Mabley, who progressed from the early segregated comedy circuit to becoming a variety show fixture in the '60s and early '70s. Goldberg said she was reluctant to take the reins and become a director, but she said, "I knew if I didn't do this, then it wasn't going to happen."