Shirley Knight

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Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight 1960s.JPG
Shirley Knight in 1963
BornShirley Enola Knight
(1936-07-05) July 5, 1936 (age 77)
Goessel, Marion County
Kansas, USA
Other namesShirley Knight Hopkins
Alma materWichita State University
OccupationActress
Years active1959–present
Spouse(s)Gene Persson (1959–69) 1 child[1]
John Hopkins (1969–98) (his death) 1 child
 
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Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight 1960s.JPG
Shirley Knight in 1963
BornShirley Enola Knight
(1936-07-05) July 5, 1936 (age 77)
Goessel, Marion County
Kansas, USA
Other namesShirley Knight Hopkins
Alma materWichita State University
OccupationActress
Years active1959–present
Spouse(s)Gene Persson (1959–69) 1 child[1]
John Hopkins (1969–98) (his death) 1 child

Shirley Enola Knight (born July 5, 1936) is an American stage, film, and television actress. She has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in 1960 for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and in 1962 for Sweet Bird of Youth, eight times for Emmy Awards (winning three), and has also netted a Golden Globe and Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her role in the 1967 film Dutchman.

Personal life[edit]

Knight was born in Goessel in Marion County in east central Kansas, the daughter of Virginia (née Webster) and Noel Johnson Knight, an oil company executive.[2] Knight was married twice, to Gene Persson from 1959 until they divorced in 1969, and to John Hopkins from 1969 until his death in 1998. She has two daughters, actress Kaitlin Hopkins and television writer Sophie Hopkins.

Career[edit]

Knight's feature films include The Group (1966), The Dutchman (1966), Petulia (1968), The Rain People (1969) and As Good as It Gets (1997), and Elevator (2011), in which she plays one of several people trapped in a Wall Street elevator with a bomber.

Knight was cast in 1958 and 1959 as Mrs. Newcomb in twenty of the thirty-nine episodes of the NBC western television series, Buckskin, with Tom Nolan, Sally Brophy, and Mike Road. She became a Warner Brothers Television contract star who while on breaks filming movies appeared in such WB television series as Maverick ("The Ice Man" episode with Jack Kelly), 77 Sunset Strip, Bourbon Street Beat, Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, and The Roaring 20s.[3]

A life member of The Actors Studio,[4] Knight's stage credits include Three Sisters (1964), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1966), Kennedy's Children (1975), which earned her the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (1979). She was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play twice, for Landscape of the Body and The Young Man from Atlanta, which also garnered her a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play. She also appeared, with Alison Fraser, in Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, (2009) an original play by legendary playwright, Arthur Laurents.

Her many television credits include Target: The Corruptors!, The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive, The Virginian, thirtysomething, The Invaders, The Reporter, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Maggie Winters, House M.D., Crossing Jordan, Cold Case, ER and Hot in Cleveland, among others, in addition to television movies such as Indictment: The McMartin Trial, for which she won both the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Her guest performance in thirtysomething earned her a 1988 Emmy for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series. She won another Emmy in 1995 for her guest performance in the NYPD Blue episode "Large Mouth Bass".

She appeared in the first segment of If These Walls Could Talk. She has also had a recurring role on Desperate Housewives as Bree Hodge's annoying former mother-in-law, Phyllis Van de Kamp, mother of Bree's first husband, Rex Van de Kamp (Steven Culp). She also appeared in a popular episode from the original The Outer Limits series, "The Man Who Was Never Born".

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1958-1959BuckskinMrs. Newcomb20 episodes
1959Five Gates to HellSister Maria
1960Ice PalaceGrace KennedyGolden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female
The Dark at the Top of the StairsReenie FloodNominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female
1961The Roaring 20sEllie HollisEpisode "Big Town Blues"
1962The CouchTerry Ames
Sweet Bird of YouthHeavenly FinleyNominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
House of WomenErica Hayden
1963The Outer LimitsNoel AndersonEpisode: The Man Who Was Never Born
1964Flight from AshiyaCaroline Gordon/Stevenson
1966The GroupPolly
1967DutchmanLulaVolpi Cup for Best Actress
The OutsiderPeggy Leydon
1968Shadow Over ElveronJoanne Tregaskis
The Counterfeit KillerAngie Peterson
PetuliaPoloLaurel Award for Best Female Supporting Performance
1969The Rain PeopleNatalie Ravenna
1971SecretsBeatrice
1974The Country GirlGeorgie Elgin
JuggernautBarbara Bannister
1975Friendly PersuasionEliza Birdwell
Medical StoryPhyllis Lenahan
1976Return to EarthJoan Aldrin
21 Hours at MunichAnneliese Graes
1978The Defection of Simas KudirkaGenna Kudirka
1979Champions: A Love StoryBarbara Harlich
Beyond the Poseidon AdventureHannah Meredith
1980Playing for TimeFrau Lagerfuhrerin Maria MandelNominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1981PrisonersVirginia
Endless LoveAnn Butterfield
1982Kennedy's ChildrenCarla
The SenderJerolyn
1984With Intent to KillEdna Reinecker
1987-1990ThirtysomethingRuth MurdochEpisodes: The Parents Are Coming and Arizona
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1988)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1990)
1989The EqualizerKayEpisode: Time Present, Time Past
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1991Bump in the NightKatie
Shadow of a DoubtMrs. Potter
To Save a ChildRinda Larson
Law & OrderMelanie CullenEpisode: The Wages of Love
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1992)
1993L.A. LawBelinda CollinsEpisode: Hello and Goodbye
When Love Kills: The Seduction of John HearnEdna Larson
Angel FallsEdie Wren Cox
A Mother's RevengeBess Warden
1994The Secret Life of HousesAunt Fergie
BendersDonna
Color of nightEdith Niedelmeyer
1995Children of the DustAunt BerthaTV miniseries
NYPD BlueAgnes CantwellEpisode: "Large Mouth Bass"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Stuart Saves His FamilyMom - The Smalley Family
Indictment: The McMartin TrialPeggy BuckeyGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1996Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose GardenSally Ann
DiaboliqueEdie Danziger
If These Walls Could TalkMary Donnelly
Somebody Is WaitingIrma Cill
1997As Good as It GetsBeverly ConnellyNominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Little Boy BlueDoris Knight
1998The WeddingGramNominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
A Father for BrittanyDonna Minkowitz
1998-1999Maggie WintersEstelle Winters16 episodes
200075 Degrees in JulyJo Beth Anderson
2001My Louisiana SkyJewel Ramsey
Angel EyesElanora Davis
2002The Salton SeaNancy Plummer
P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!Aunt Claire
Ally McBealHelen AppleEpisode: Homecoming
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodNecie Rose Kelleher
ERMrs. BurkeEpisode: Insurrection
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRose GranvilleEpisode: Tragedy
A House on a HillMercedes Mayfield
2004Crossing JordanFrances LittletonEpisode: Most Likely
2005HouseGeorgia AdamsEpisode: Poison
Sexual LifeJoanna
2006Grandma's BoyBea
Open WindowAnn
Thanks to GravityLea
2005-2007Desperate HousewivesPhyllis Van De Kamp5 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2006)
2008The Other Side of the TracksHelen
Not Fade AwayDiane
2009Paul Blart: Mall CopMargaret Blart
The Private Lives of Pippa LeeDot Nadeau
Drop Dead DivaMillie CarlsonEpisode: Dead Model Walking
2010Hot in ClevelandLorettaEpisode: Meet the Parents
Listen to Your HeartGrandma Sam
2011ElevatorJane Redding
Our Idiot BrotherIlene Rochlin
The Melancholy FantasticMor
2013Redwood Highway (film)Marie Vaughn

References[edit]

  1. ^ Variety, June 20, 2008
  2. ^ Film Reference biography
  3. ^ http://classictvhistory.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/an-interview-with-shirley-knight/
  4. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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