Goldberg and Claessen divorced after the poor box office performance of The Telephone, which Goldberg was under contract to star in.She tried unsuccessfully to sue the producers of the film.In January 1990, Goldberg starred with Jean Stapleton in the situation comedy Bagdad Cafe. Simultaneously, Goldberg starred in The Long Walk Home, portraying a woman in the civil rights movement.She played a psychic in the film Ghost (1990) and became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in nearly 50 years, and the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting (the first being Hattie Mc Daniel, for Gone with the Wind (1939)).In television, Goldberg is known for her role as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation; since 2007, she has been the moderator of the talk show The View. Goldberg has described her mother as a "stern, strong, and wise woman" who raised her as a single mother with her brother Clyde (c.1949 – May 11, 2015), who died of a brain aneurysm.Clara's Heart did poorly at the box office, though her own performance was critically acclaimed.As the 1980s concluded, she participated in the numerous HBO specials of Comic Relief with fellow comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.
Goldberg starred in Penny Marshall's directorial debut Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) and began a relationship with David Claessen, a director of photography on the set; the couple married later that year.
" This spawned lifelong fandom of Star Trek for Goldberg, who would eventually ask for and receive a recurring guest-starring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
In the 1970s, Goldberg relocated to Southern California before settling in Berkeley, Goldberg trained under acting teacher Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York City.
Goldberg's Broadway performance caught the eye of director Steven Spielberg, who cast her in the lead role of The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker.
The Color Purple was released in late 1985 and was a critical and commercial success.