Caryn Elaine Johnson, otherwise known as Whoopi Goldberg, is a talented actress, comedian, author, television host, and activist. Seeming to do it all, Goldberg is an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner- one of the few people with this honor. She is one of the most beloved and well-known celebrities in American pop culture, and she also has been diagnosed with dyslexia.

Goldberg didn’t find out until she was an adult that her difficulties with reading and writing were attributed to dyslexia. As a child, she was labeled as “dumb” and “retarded” because of her disability, causing her to struggle greatly. For this reason, she dropped out of school at age 17, but was motivated by the negativity surrounding her to rise up and create success for herself. Growing up in poverty in New York, she decided to move to California as a young adult to start her performing career. Now, she is most well known for her roles in The Color Purple, The Sister Act, and Ghost. Furthermore, beginning in 2007, Goldberg is seen in the homes of millions through her daily talk show The View.

Watch Whoopi Goldberg talk about her dyslexia in this video. Also, visit this page to hear her full story.