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In 1992, Goldberg starred in the comedy Sister Act, earning a third Golden Globe nomination, her first for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
She reprised the role in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), making her the highest-paid actress at the time.
The Color Purple was released in late 1985 and was a critical and commercial success.
It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including a nomination for Goldberg as Best Actress.
She played a psychic in the film Ghost (1990) and became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in nearly 50 years, and the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting (the first being Hattie Mc Daniel, for Gone with the Wind in 1940).
From 1998 to 2001, Goldberg took supporting roles in How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett, Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, Kingdom Come and Rat Race with an all-star ensemble cast.
Goldberg created The Spook Show, a one-woman show composed of different character monologues in 1983.
Director Mike Nichols offered to take the show to Broadway.
Her other film roles include Made in America (1993), Corrina, Corrina (1994), The Lion King (1994), The Little Rascals (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), Theodore Rex (1995), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Girl, Interrupted (1999), For Colored Girls (2010), Toy Story 3 (2010), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Nobody's Fool (2018) and Furlough (2018).
In television, Goldberg is known for her role as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation.