Fast Facts

  • Was a child extra, along with her siblings, in the 1955 film Picnic.
  • Studied opera and journalism before acting.
  • While a drama student of Jeff Corey and Lee Strasberg, classmates included Jack Nicholson, Sally Kellerman, Dean Stockwell and Robert Blake.
  • First TV role was in 1957 on NBC's Matinee Theater; playing a teen mother opposite Michael Landon.
  • Made her Broadway debut in a 1964 revival of the Anton Chekhov play The Three Sisters, directed by Strasberg and co-starring Geraldine Page.
  • Received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Lake Forest College in 1979.

Awards

  • 1976, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1967, Venice Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1962, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1997, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1961, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sophie C. Hopkins — Daughter
  • Gloria Knight Adams — Sister
  • Justine Hopkins — Stepdaughter
  • Virginia Webster Knight — Mother
  • John R. Hopkins — Husband
  • Kaitlin Hopkins — Daughter
  • Don Knight — Brother
  • Gene Persson — Ex-husband
  • Noel Johnson Knight — Father

College

  • Attended Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, United States; attended Witchita State University, Witchita, Kansas, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Shirley Enola Knight
  • Birth Place: Goessel, Kansas, United States
  • Birthday: July 5, 1936, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor
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