Yet another reason to be a fan of Whoopi Goldberg’s has emerged.
The EGOT winner (one of only 16 people with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) revealed she stuck up for the older actresses on the set of her 1992 mega-hit “Sister Act.”
Speaking at Vulture Festival on Thursday, Goldberg — who famously played a lounge singer placed in witness protection at a convent — said many of the other women playing nuns were not being compensated well enough.
“The ladies hadn’t gotten everything I thought they should have gotten — the nuns,” she explained. “They were older women. They were women who I felt … should be able to go and have dinner and not be worried about paying hotels or whatever it was.” (Mary Wickes who played crotchety Mary Lazarus was 82 during filming and Ellen Albertini Dow who played a choir nun was 79).
So Goldberg coincidentally fell ill for “a day or two” until the matter was resolved.
“I got sick,” Goldberg said slyly. “I would never go on strike. But if my coughing and sneezing coincided with our brief problem … they fixed it and it was great.”
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