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Shirley Knight Biography

Birth Name:
Shirley Knight Hopkins
Birth Place:
Goessel, Kansas, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: winner
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1967Venice Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 1963Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1962Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1961Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated
  • 1961Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1960Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated

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