1. Sister Act star
Whoopi Goldberg (Deloris/Sister Mary Clarence) is one of only ten people to win
an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy and an Emmy (okay, a Daytime Emmy, but still). The others are Mel Brooks, John Gielgud,
Marvin Hamlisch, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols,
Richard Rodgers and Jonathan Tunick.
2. No one rocks long black robes like two-time Oscar winner
Maggie Smith, in the role of the convent’s mother superior. She donned them in A Room With a View to play Helena Bonham Carter’s chaperone, Charlotte
Bartlett. And Dame Maggie is still sporting them
these days as Minerva McGonagall in the Harry
3. Marc Shaiman, who arranged the musical numbers for Sister Act, has served as composer for
over 40 films, everything from A Few Good
Men to South Park: Bigger, Longer and
Uncut (guess which score was nominated for an Oscar). He won the Tony for Best Musical Score for Hairspray in 2003.
4. A theatrical musical based on Sister
Act opened at the Pasadena Playhouse in October of 2006 and later moved to
the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. Sitcom actress Dawnn Lewis ("A Different
World," "Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper") played the lead.
5. Kathy Najimy, who played the irrepressible Sister Mary
Patrick, was half of "The Kathy and Mo Show" (with Mo Gaffney, later
of "Absolutely Fabulous"). The
hilarious sketch comedy duo starred in a long-running Off-Broadway play and two
HBO specials. Kathy’s latest film is Two Sisters, directed by Margaret Cho
and due out next year.
6. You know those inmates from the Cebu Provincial Detention
and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines, the ones who became YouTube
celebrities for their "Thriller" dance routine? They also perform the "I Will Follow
Him" sequence from Sister Act.
Sister Act airs on Friday, Sept. 28 – 8PM |7 C