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Overview (2)

Born in Goessel, Kansas, USA
Birth NameShirley Enola Knight

Mini Bio (1)

Two time Academy Award® nominee, Golden Globe® Winner (3 time nominee), 3 time Emmy winner (7 time nominee); As Good as It Gets (1997), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), Grandma's Boy (2006)

Miss Knight was born in Gossell, Kansas the 5th of July 1936.

She spent her young life in Mitchell, Kansas and later lived in Lyons, Kansas where she graduated from high school. She attended Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, Wichita State University, and has a Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Lake Forest College. She began studying to be an opera singer at age eleven.

After studying at the Pasadena Theatre School she began her film career in 1959. She then went to New York and began her theatre career. She studied acting with Jeff Corey and Lee Strasberg and is a member of The Actor's Studio. She has received many honors from her home state of Kansas, including the Kansan of the Year award in 2000 and the Governor's Distinguished Artist Award in 2007. Both were given to her by Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

Miss Knight was married to the writer John R. Hopkins until his death in 1998.

She has two daughters, Kaitlin Hopkins and Sophie C. Hopkins. Kaitlin is an actress-singer-director and Sophie a writer. Shirley lives in New York City.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: redwood highway

Spouse (2)

John Hopkins (1969 - 23 July 1998) (his death) (1 child)
Eugene Persson (14 March 1959 - 1969) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

Two daughters: Kaitlin Hopkins and Sophie C. Hopkins
Appeared in the L.A. stage and British film version of Dutchman (1966), a racial drama, which was produced by her then-husband Eugene Persson. She won the Venice Film Festival award for her cinematic performance.
Ex-mother-in-law of Daniel Passer.
Won Broadway's 1976 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Kennedy's Children." She was also nominated in 1997 as Best Actress (Play) for "The Young Man from Atlanta."
1959 Deb Star.
She was nominated for a 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Guest Artist for her performance in the play, "The Landscape of the Body", at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
The runaway story of her character Natalie Ravenna in The Rain People (1969) inspired the character of Dolors (Montse Caminal) in the Short film Silenci (2007).
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
She and her daughter Kaitlin Hopkins both made guest appearances in Law & Order (1990).
She was pregnant with her daughter Sophie C. Hopkins in The Rain People (1969).

Personal Quotes (1)

[on David Janssen, with whom she worked on 3 episodes of The Fugitive (1963)]: I loved him. He was so sweet. I felt sorry for him toward the end. Now they have several people as leads in a show, they have these huge casts, but David was that show. He had those long, long, long hours, and a role where he was always doing physical things.

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