Whoopi Tells How She Got Her Name

News   Whoopi Tells How She Got Her Name Whoopi Goldberg, who is preparing to take over the lead role of Pseudolus in the Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in February, told an interviewer that she indeed named herself after a whoopee cushion.

Whoopi Goldberg, who is preparing to take over the lead role of Pseudolus in the Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in February, told an interviewer that she indeed named herself after a whoopee cushion. Goldberg, an Oscar-winner whose real name is Caryn Johnson, was quoted by the Reuters news service as saying, ``The true story is that my family is Jewish, Buddhist, Baptist and Catholic -- none of which I subscribe to, by the way, as I don't belive in man-made religions. . . So I took the last name from a Jewish ancestor. And I happen to be gaseous, which explains the first name, short for whoopee cushion.''

The name of her character in Forum -- Pseudolus -- means, roughly, "Faker." All the characters' names in the musical -- Hero, Hysterium, Domina, Philia, et al -- are Latin words more or less describing the character.

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