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Gladys Knight Biography

Birth Name:
Gladys Maria Knight
Birth Place:
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Singer, actor

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


  • 1977Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated