The duo is parents to a 44-year-old daughter, Alexandrea Martin, who was born on May 9, 1973. ‘It took rather a long time coming, she says wryly. Much, she says, to the consternation of Oliver, the moggy with whom she shares her home. They also had no kids together and Lyle has since been very much out of the spotlight after their split. A regal Whoopi Goldberg presenting the 1999 Academy Awards show But a bricklayer. Whoopi was just 17 years old when she gave birth to her first and only baby and is now a grandmother to two granddaughters and a grandson. (Should you be wondering why we are lounging against a wall, next to the wheelie bins, down an alleyway at the back of the theatre, it s because we were both desperate for a cigarette. But I know he s in there fighting for this country. Wind forward two years and Goldberg had given birth to daughter Alexandrea and divorced the counsellor.
And I can t believe you are going to stay in a hotel. ‘The envelope was addressed to Your Excellency, Hoppy Goldberg. Your life just got exponentially better and more stylish now you ve signed up for our newsletter. For those who loved the film it may well be a disappointment that the stage version doesn t contain the Motown tunes that peppered the original. Back inside the Palladium Goldberg is still shaking with laughter as she settles down in a deep, velvet chair and pours a bottle of mineral water. ‘Well, I could, she says, staring intently down her nose - the only way she can see out of her purple-framed glasses that seem to perch perpetually on the bridge of her nose. Something of an honour, she tells me, for a novice brickie building walls around the San Diego Zoo. I wanted to feel normal and it seemed to me if I was married I d have a much more normal life. (When she travels in America she has her own bus.
‘I live alone so it s nice to have the company. ‘I love staying with Elton and David [Furnish, his partner]. ‘I m too old for Deloris, I m 100 now, Goldberg says without a trace of vanity.. ‘In those days you just didn t see blacks. ‘I got lambasted in the New York press for dressing like a bag lady recently, she says, clearly furious. Some 15 years ago she lost her lucrative advertising deal with Slim Fast, the diet food, after a particularly salacious sex joke about President Bush. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) In a 2011 interview, Whoopi opened up about her multiple marriages, and revealed none of them made her happy whoopi dating. Think big dungarees, grubby nails, lots of sloppy cement and men showing wedges of builder s bottom and beer belly. Whatever the truth, she went on to marry a third time although she only ever had one child.
An ardent Obama fan, she threw open the windows of her Manhattan loft and ‘whooped out loud when he was elected. .