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.

Awards

  • 2001, Grammy — Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album: 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
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album: Winner
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Gospel Performance: Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1988, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
  • 1977, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee

Relationships

  • Kenya Jackson — Daughter
  • Merald Knight Sr. — Father
  • Shanga-Ali Hankerson — Son
  • Harold Knight — Cousin
  • James Newman — Ex-husband
  • David Leon Knight — Brother
  • Elizabeth Woods Knight — Mother
  • Bubba Knight — Brother
  • William Guest — Cousin
  • Brenda Knight Clark — Sister
  • James Newman III — Son
  • Les Brown — Ex-husband
  • William McDowell — Husband
  • Barry Hankerson — Ex-husband
  • Edward Patten — Cousin

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  • Birth Name: Gladys Maria Knight
  • Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
  • Birthday: May 28, 1944, Gemini
  • Profession: Singer, Actor
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