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Whoopi Goldberg Was Here?

Whoopi Goldberg was reportedly filming The Christmas Pearl at this South Orange location last week.
Whoopi Goldberg was reportedly filming The Christmas Pearl at this South Orange location last week.

Whoopi Goldberg was in South Orange last week filming a movie, but only a few locals knew about it.

Last week, some members of the film crew quietly inhabited rooms at the South Orange Elks Club as they filmed at a Victorian home nearby.

The house, at Prospect Street and Village Road in South Orange, had been outfitted for scenes from The Christmas Pearl, based on the Dorothea Benton Frank novel.

A prop sits outside the home last Friday.
A prop sits outside the home last Friday.

According to the IMDB website, The Christmas Pearl is about a “93-year-old matriarch of a South Carolina family who has gathered for a tension-filled Christmas at her stately home. When her usual maid is called away, a Christmas miracle presents itself as Pearl [played by Goldberg], the maid to the matriarch’s grandmother, who comes back to the family as a ghost.”

However, according to Village Clerk Susan Caljean, who processes filming requests for South Orange, the project has been put on hold. Crew were wrapping up and removing equipment last Friday.

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