Whoopi Goldberg Claims That Her Will Prohibits Unauthorised Biopics of Her Life
Whoopi Goldberg is guarding her legacy both in this life and in the next. Even after she dies, the actress and TV celebrity will not have to worry about anyone telling her life narrative without her permission.
During a recent episode of The View, Goldberg, 67, was discussing the controversial Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, directed by Andrew Dominik.
The film, which is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ fictionalized biography of Monroe, has received criticism for its violent portrayal of the cinema icon’s life and has been labeled misogynistic by many critics and detractors.
During the discussion, co-host Sunny Hostin expressed her belief that unauthorized postmortem biopics of Goldberg might be popular in the future.
“I was talking to Whoopi and telling her that she’s such a famous person that when she dies, people will produce films,” Hostin explained.
“No, they aren’t,” Goldberg interjected. “They’re not going to produce movies because it’s written in my will, ‘Unless you speak to my family, try it.”
Goldberg, on the other hand, is no stranger to biopics. Till, the tragic story of Mamie Till-Bradley, who became a revolutionary activist following the death of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, in 1955, was recently produced and starred in by the actress.
Goldberg spoke with them in October about how she got to make the film and what it meant to her.
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“I was relieved that someone responded, ‘Yes, we’ll give you the money,’ because we’d been begging for it for a long time,” she explained. “We attempted to fund it ourselves, and we worked hard to get this story out there because… this should be the tenth article about this subject [and] this family.
There should be hundreds of stories like this for children of all ages. This is the world’s first feature film. And it is attempting to persuade people of the need of protecting this. We must safeguard this story.”