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Goldberg opens up about drug abuse

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Feb 02, 2011 | 9:00am EST

The Oscar winner, who skyrocketed to fame after her starring role in 1985 film The Color Purple, insists she was a "fully functioning" addict who fooled movie bosses so she could continue to work and fund her habit.

Co-hosting her talk show The View, the comedienne opened up about the paranoia she experienced that convinced her to finally get clean.

She says, "I was a functioning drug addict. I went to work because I knew if I didn't show up, a lot of people would be out of work and I wouldn't get a cheque and I wouldn't have the lifestyle that I needed to buy all my drugs.

"I winded up sitting on a bed for three or four days scared there was something under the bed. I wet the bed, I pooped the bed, I did all kinds of stuff and my roommate came back and said, 'What is going on?' I said, 'There's something under the bed...'

"I was so scared and that's when I knew. Not only did I hit bottom but I was like, is that me?... I was a grown woman and look at what I did to myself. I did films during that time."

But Goldberg insists she hasn't looked back since the incident - and she's been sober for years. She adds: "Look where I am now, I'm straight as an arrow."

Unconfirmed reports suggest the actress struggled with heroin addiction early on in her career.

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