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Whoopi Goldberg Named a Disney Legend at D23 Expo

Co-host of ABC’s long running talk show ‘The View’ has lent her voice to two villainous roles for the Mouse House: Shenzi, a hyena lackey who works for big bad Scar, in Disney’s ‘The Lion King,’ and Stretch, a gummy purple octopus who serves as an enforcer for Lotso, the kingpin-like teddy bear, in Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 3.’

Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who is an EGOT, which is an acronym for a person who’s won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. She has won Emmys (as host of AMC’s Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel, and a Daytime Emmy for The View), a Grammy, an Oscar (Ghost) and a Tony (producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Today at D23 EXPO: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, she can add Disney Legend to this impressive list, making her the one and only LEGOT recipient.

“Disney and I go way back, since I was a little kid, I mean way back,” Goldberg said. “So it’s beyond an honor and a joy to become a Disney Legend because everybody knows I love Disney, Disneyland, Disney World, Disney movies, Disney toys and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! What’s better than this for a Disney-phile? Absolutely NOTHING!”

In addition to co-hosting ABC’s long running talk show, The View, Goldberg has lent her voice to two villainous roles for the Mouse House: Shenzi, a hyena lackey who works for big bad Scar, in Disney’s The Lion King, and Stretch, a gummy purple octopus who serves as an enforcer for Lotso, the kingpin-like teddy bear, in Pixar’s Toy Story 3.

She has also guest voiced, alongside Star Trek: The Next Generation co-stars Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton, on Disney Junior’s intergalactic animated series Miles From Tomorrowland, and had a recurring role as Magic Mirror on Disney Channel’s The 7D. Among her many voiceover credits, Goldberg has also voiced roles for Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, Japanese animated feature Captain Planet and the Planeteers, and the classic 1995 series Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist.

Source: The Walt Disney Studios

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.

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