Shirley Knight Biography – Shirley Knight Wiki
Shirley Knight was an American actress. Born in Gossell, Kansas, Knight spent her early years in Mitchell, Kansas and later in Lyons, Kansas where she graduated from high school. She attended Phillips University and Wichita State University, and has a Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Lake Forest College. She began her film career in 1959 after studying at the Pasadena Theatre School.
She had her breakthrough role in the Delbert Mann film adaptation of William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, receiving a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. She was nominated in the same category two years later for her performance as the lovestruck Heavenly Finley opposite Paul Newman and Geraldine Page in Richard Brooks’ adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth, according to Deadline.
She gave memorable TV performances in series spanning 1963’s The Outer Limits through the 1970s’ Streets of San Francisco, the 1980s series Thirtysomething, the 1990s’ NYPD Blue and a recurring role as Phyllis Van De Kamp in the early 2000s’ Desperate Housewives, among many others.
She won an Emmy Award for 1995’s Indictment: The McMartin Trial, and for guest appearances on Thirtysomething and NYPD Blue. She was most recently nominated in the guest category for Desperate Housewives.
Knight also won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Kennedy’s Children in 1976. She was nominated for Lead Actress in a Play for 1997’s The Young Man from Atlanta opposite Rip Torn. Her other Broadway credits include The Three Sisters (1964), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1966) and The Watering Place with William Devane (1969).
Shirley Knight Age
Shirley Knight was born on July 5, 1936, in Goessel, Kansas, United States. She died on April 22, 2020, in San Marcos, Texas. She was 83 years old.
Shirley Knight Husband
Shirley Knight was married twice. She was married to her first husband American actor and producer Gene Persson from 1959 until their divorce in 1969. She was married to her second husband British writer-playwright John Hopkins from 1969 until his death in 1998.
Shirley Knight Children
Shirley Knight had 2 children – Kaitlin Hopkins and Sophie C. Hopkins.
Shirley Knight Death
Shirley Knight died on April 22, 2020, at the age of 83, at the home of her daughter, actress Kaitlin Hopkins, in San Marcos, Texas.
Her daughter Kaitlin Hopkins, confirmed her death in a memorial tribute addressed to Knight and posted on Facebook: “Early this morning April 22nd you passed away, and your sweet soul left us for a better place. I was at your side and you went peacefully. To me, you were ‘just mom’, to some you were ‘Miss Knight’, ‘Miss Shirley’, ‘Mama Shirley’ (to my students), ‘Shirl the Girl’ (to your friends), and ‘Shirley Knight’ to your fans.”
Shirley Knight Cause of Death
Shirley Knight died of natural causes.
Shirley Knight Net Worth
Information about Shirley Knight’s net worth is being updated.