Who is Alex Martin?
Alexandrea Martin was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 9 May 1973 – her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds American nationality. She is a movie producer and an actress, but perhaps known best for being the daughter of famous American actress, comedian and author Whoopi Goldberg.
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Childhood and education
Alex was raised in Los Angeles by Whoopi and her first husband Alex’s father Alvin Martin, to whom she was married from 1973 to 1979, when they divorced for unknown reasons.
After her mother married director and cinematographer David Claessen in 1986, he took great care of both of them, but he and Whoopi still divorced in 1988. In 1994 after Alex had already moved out, Whoopi married Lyle Trachtenberg but the marriage lasted for only a year.
Alex was motivated by her mother to launch her acting career, and Whoopi also helped her win her first roles. She attended a local high school at which she played soccer and ran track – she was encouraged by her family and teachers to pursue a career as a model, so after matriculation in 1991, Alex chose to focus on her acting career, rather than to pursue a college degree.
Career as an actress and film producer
Alex made her debut film appearance (uncredited) in 1985, when she played The Little Girl in the drama “The Color Purple”, written by Menno Meyjes and Alice Walker, directed by Steven Spielberg, and which starred Danny Glover, Whoopi and Oprah Winfrey – the story follows a black woman who is finally free after being abused by her father and other men for more than 40 years. The movie was a huge success, winning 14 awards while it was nominated for 23 others, including 11 Oscars.
In 1993, Alex played Mannerjay’s Scribe in the action adventure comedy movie “Quest of the Delta Knights”, but which received poor reviews, then in the same year,she played The Classroom Kid in the family comedy movie “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit”, which starred her mother in the role of a showgirl who dresses up as Sister Mary Clarence, and starts teaching Catholic students music. 1994 saw Alex become Miss Golden Globe during the 1994 Golden Globe Awards.
Three of Alex’s other appearances have been in the 1999 comedy film “American Intellectuals” in which she played Hugh, the 2001 family comedy movie “Call Me Claus” which starred her mother, and the 2003 thriller drama film “Strange as Angels” written and directed by Francisco Roel.
Alex has also produced two films: the 2008 short animated drama “Descendants” and the 2018 short comedy “Sensitive Men”.
Love life and boyfriend
Alex dated an unknown man in 1989, and they have a daughter together named Amarah Skye, who was born on 13 November that year – Alex and the man split not long afterwards, and she has kept the man’s identity a secret to this day.
She went on to marry film producer Bernard Dean, and give birth to their daughter Jerzey in 1995 as well as to their son Mason in 1998. In the early 2000s, Alex and Bernard divorced for unknown reasons, and Alex remained single for over five years before she and Bernard reunited, and then married for the second time on 15 October 2011 – they have since been living together.
Alex is now a grandmother as her daughter Amarah gave birth to Charli Rose Burr-Reynaud.
Hobbies and other interests
Alex grew up being very close to her mother, and the two travelled together whenever Whoopi had to work in another city or state – this is how Alex became interested in travelling and has now been all around the world, visiting some of the most attractive locations on each continent.
She is a lover of animals who had multiple pets while growing up, and today has two cats and a dog.
Alex was interested in dancing as a teenager, and practiced jazz and contemporary before giving up on it before turning 18.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Denzel Washington, Johnny Depp and Julia Roberts, and a few of her favorite movies are “Fences”, the franchise “The Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Runaway Bride”.
Age and height
Alex’s age is 47. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) and she weighs around 155lbs (71kgs). As of October 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $4 million, while her mother’s net worth is reputedly over $45 million.
Who is Whoopi Goldberg?
Caryn Elaine Johnson was born in New York City, USA on 13 November 1955 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she holds American nationality. She gained recognition in 1985, after she portrayed Celie in the movie “The Color Purple”.
Whoopi was raised by her mother Emma Johnson who was a teacher and a nurse, as her father Robert James Johnson Jr. who was a Baptist clergyman abandoned the family for unknown reasons. Whoopi studied at St Columba’s before transferring to Washington Irving High School, from which she dropped out. She moved to Berkeley, California in the mid-‘70s, and there worked multiple jobs to financially support herself, while she was also a member of the theatre troupe – Blake Street Hawkeyes.
One of Whoopi’s first roles was in the drama movie “Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away”, and after that she created her own stand-up “The Spook Show”, which was then taken to Broadway and noticed by Steven Spielberg, who subsequently cast Whoopi in “The Color Purple”.
She went on to appear in many movies but failed to attract much attention, before being offered the role of a psychic in the romantic fantasy thriller movie “Ghost”, which starred Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore – for her performance, Whoopi won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first black woman to win it in around 50 years.
Two of her following notable performances were in the psychological drama “Girl, Interrupted” which starred Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, and the comedy “Rat Race” which starred Rowan Atkinson.
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— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) October 8, 2020
In 2001 on her birthday, Whoopi received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and went on to appear in numerous movies and TV series – her next notable performance came in 2017, when she voiced Ursula in the musical fantasy movie “Descendants 2”.
Whoopi is a philanthropist and a supporter of the LGBT community, and has been inviting straight people to support gays, lesbians and bisexuals, for over a decade.
She has recently been fighting sepsis and pneumonia, which was the cause of her short absence from her show “The View”, which she has been hosting since 4 September 2007.