Gladys Knight

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Gladys Maria Knight
  • Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/28/1944, Gemini
  • Profession: Singer; actor
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Gladys Knight Fast Facts:
  • Sang publicly for the first time at the age of 4 at the Mount Mariah Baptist Church in Atlanta.
  • Won the grand prize on Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour at the age of 8. 
  • Formed the singing group the Pips, which included her brother, sister and cousins, in 1952; their first hit song was in 1960 with "Every Beat of My Heart." 
  • Had a gambling addiction for more than 10 years, but sought help in the late 1980s after losing $45,000 in one night.  
  • Costarred with Flip Wilson in the short-lived 1985 CBS comedy Charlie & Company.
  • Part owner of the Gladys Knight & Ron Winans' Chicken & Waffles restaurant chain.
  • Performed at the funeral services for Michael Jackson in 2009.
  • Was a contestant on the reality show Dancing With the Stars in 2012. Ironically, she was eliminated during the show's Motown Week performances.
  • Gladys Knight Relationships:
  • David Leon Knight - Brother
  • Kenya Jackson - Daughter
  • Merald Knight Sr. - Father
  • Shanga-Ali Hankerson - Son
  • Harold Knight - Cousin
  • James Newman - Ex-husband
  • Barry Hankerson - Ex-husband
  • Edward Patten - Cousin
  • Brenda Knight Clark - Sister
  • James Newman III - Son
  • Les Brown - Ex-husband
  • William McDowell - Husband
  • Elizabeth Woods Knight - Mother
  • Bubba Knight - Brother
  • William Guest - Cousin
  • Gladys Knight Awards:
  • 1973 Grammy: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
  • 1977 Golden Globe: New Star of the Year - Actress - Nominee
  • 1988 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
  • 1986 Grammy: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
  • 1973 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
  • 2001 Grammy: Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Gospel Performance - Winner
  • 2005 Grammy: Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album - Winner

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