Shirley Knight biography
Date of Birth: July 5, 1936
Born and raised in Kansas, Shirley Knight showed multiple talents at an
early age. By the time she was eight, she sang with an orchestra on radio
and placed second (behind her younger sister) in a state-wide talent show.
she wrote a short story which was published in a national magazine.
Knight went on to attend Phillips University and Witchita University and trained for the stage with Erwin Piscator and Lee Strasberg.
With dreams of becoming an actress, she went to Hollywood at the age of 20. A year later, she already had her first credit on the television series Matinee Theater. By the early 1960s, she garnered nation wide exposure with
Oscar nominations for her supporting role in the films The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960) and Sweet Bird of Youth (1962).
By mid-decade, Knight was well on her way to becoming a major film star, but she wasn't content with just having money and fame.
Knight decided that the only way to become a real actress was to gain experience on the New York
stage, and so, she left the film industry to study and work back East.
Her Broadway career was successful and in 1966, Knight flew to England to try her luck in British theater.
Also active in television, Knight has appeared in numerous mini-series and made-for-television films.
She has received three Emmy Awards and has been nominated seven times, winning for her guest performances in the series
thirtysomething and NYPD Blue. For her work in Indictment: The McMartin Trial, she received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award.
More recently, he starred in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015).
A dedicated mother, Knight has spent much of her time caring for her two daughters, Kaitlin from her first marriage (who would become an actress), and Sophie Hopkins (a writer) from her second marriage to British playwright/screenwriter husband John Hopkins, who died in 1998 at age 67 when he slipped, hit his head and fell into their swimming pool.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Our Idiot Brother
Listen to Your Heart (2009)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
The Other Side of the Tracks (2008)
Not Fade Away
Open Window (2006)
Locked In (2005)
To Lie in Green Pastures (2005)
Sexual Life (2005)
Thanks to Gravity (2005)
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2004) (voice)
A House on a Hill (2003)
Fly Cherry (2003)
Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood
The Salton Sea
The Center Of The World
75 Degrees in July (2000)
The Man Who Counted (1998)
Little Boy Blue (1997)
As Good As It Gets
Somebody Is Waiting (1996)
Death In Venice, CA (1995)
Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
The Secret Life of Houses (1994)
Color of Night (1994)
The Sender (1982)
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
The Rain People (1969)
The Group (1966)
Flight from Ashiya (1964)
House of Women (1962)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
The Couch (1962)
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)
Ice Palace (1960)
Five Gates to Hell (1959)
Picnic (1955) (uncredited)
Shirley Knight Filmography