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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 May 1944Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Birth NameGladys Maria Knight
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She is an actress, known for American Juniors (2003), Mic Check Live: Gladys Knight Rockumentary (2011) and The Gladys Knight & the Pips Show (1975). She has been married to William McDowell since April 12, 2001. She was previously married to Les Brown, Barry Hankerson and James Newman.

Spouse (4)

William McDowell (12 April 2001 - present)
Les Brown (29 August 1995 - 1997) (divorced)
Barry Hankerson (12 October 1974 - 1979) (divorced) (1 child)
James Newman (1960 - 1964) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (16)

Won on "Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour" (1948)_ at age 7.
She has 3 children from two of her four marriages.
Aunt, by marriage, of singer Aaliyah (she was married to Aaliyah's uncle Barry Hankerson).
Sister of Merald Knight, cousin of William Guest, and Edward Patten.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Gladys Knight and the Pips) in 1996.
Ranked #18 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Once performed Licence to Kill in concert at Caesars Atlantic City for Jason Allentoff and Brandon Allentoff.
Mother of Jimmy Newman III (died 1999), Kenya Jackson (née Newman), and Shanga Hankerson.
Had a gambling problem.
Parents are Merald Sr. (a postal worker) and Elizabeth (a housewife).
The name, "The Pips", came from the name of their manager, James 'Pip' Wood, who is also Knight's cousin.
Has an older sister, Brenda, and a younger brother, David.
She owns a chain of chicken and waffles restaurants based in Atlanta.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Currently tours with her choir "Saints Unified Voices" throughout the United States at LDS (Mormon) church meetinghouses, cultural events, and concerts. Ray Charles' last album contains a duet with Gladys Knight and it won a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance (Duet). [February 2005]

Personal Quotes (1)

Believe me when I say this: you can't please everyone in concert, even though I still want to. Someone always wants you to sing a song that isn't necessarily on your set list. So I'm heavy on the medleys these days.

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