03/10/2014 10:27 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How I Got The Name Whoopi Goldberg (VIDEO)

When it comes to the story behind her name, Whoopi Goldberg has quite an entertaining explanation.

Whoopi’s given birth name is Karen Johnson. However, when she was performing in the small San Diego theater where she started her career, she gained a new nickname.

“I'm a farter,” she laughed. "We had a small theater, so if you had to let it go, you had to let it go!”

Someone told her she resembled a whoopee cushion, and the rest was history. As for the Goldberg part, Whoopi’s mother suggested she use a family name.

For more about Whoopi's life and career, see the slideshow below:

Life And Career Of Whoopi Goldberg

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