Whoopi Goldberg became a mother at the age of 17. It was hard to juggle the responsibilities of motherhood while trying to make it big in Hollywood. For a time, the future Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner had to accept government assistance to make ends meet. But unlike others, Goldberg wasn’t ashamed to accept help. “I don’t feel bad about being a welfare mother because I contribute as an American,” she said while discussing the issue on The View.