Gladys Knight

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Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and License to Kill (1989). She has been married to William McDowell since April 12, 2001. She was previously married to Les Brown, Barry Hankerson and James Newman. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Hollywood Homicide Olivia Robidoux
License to Kill Music Department
Cobra Soundtrack


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 2021 Live (pre-production)
 2021 Coming 2 America
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 2019 The Masked Singer (TV Series)
- Road to the Finals (2019) ... Bee
- All Together Now (2019) ... Bee
- Touchy Feely Clues (2019) ... Bee
 2018 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
Lou's Mother
- Lele pu na manu like (2018) ... Lou's Mother
 2017 Star (TV Series)
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- Black Wherever I Go (2017) ... Gladys Knight
- Code of Silence (2017) ... Gladys Knight
 2016 Almost Christmas
Shelter Director Dorothy
 2015 Gladys Knight: Just a Little (Video short)
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 2015 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
Miss Shonda
- Scandalous (2015) ... Miss Shonda
 2015 Empire (TV Series)
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- The Devil Quotes Scripture (2015) ... Gladys Knight
 2014 Seasons of Love (TV Movie)
Ms. Angie
 2012-2013 The First Family (TV Series)
Grandma Carolyn
- The First Triangle (2013) ... Grandma Carolyn
- The First Job (2013) ... Grandma Carolyn
- The First Wedding (2013) ... Grandma Carolyn
- The First Upset (2013) ... Grandma Carolyn
- The First Recital (2012) ... Grandma Carolyn
 2010 Artists for Haiti: We Are the World 25 for Haiti (Video short)
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 2009 House of Payne (TV Series)
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- The Talent Show (2009) ... Gladys Knight
 2008 30 Rock (TV Series)
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- Episode 210 (2008) ... Gladys Knight
 2006 Gladys Knight: Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me (Video short)
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 2006 Unbeatable Harold
 2005 Las Vegas (TV Series)
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- Centennial (2005) ... Gladys Knight
 2005 JAG (TV Series)
- Unknown Soldier (2005) ... Etta
 2003 Hollywood Homicide
Olivia Robidoux
 1997-2001 The Jamie Foxx Show (TV Series)
Janice King
- Always and Forever (2001) ... Janice King
- Save the Drama for Your Mama (1997) ... Janice King
 1999 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
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- Seeing Green (1999) ... Gladys Knight
 1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
- The Bremen Town Musicians (1999) ... Chocolate (voice)
 1997 Living Single (TV Series)
Odelle Jones
- Never Can Say Goodbye (1997) ... Odelle Jones
- One Degree of Separation (1997) ... Odelle Jones
 1995 Gladys Knight: Next Time (Video short)
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 1995 Baywatch (TV Series)
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- The Runaways (1995) ... Gladys Knight
 1995 Gladys Knight & Boyz II Men: End of the Road (Video short)
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 1994 Gladys Knight: I Don't Want to Know (Video short)
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 1994 New York Undercover (TV Series)
- After Shakespeare (1994) ... Natalie
- Pilot (1994) ... Natalie
 1993 Twenty Bucks
Mrs. McCormac
 1992 Out All Night (TV Series)
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- That's What Friends Are For (1992) ... Gladys Knight
 1991 Gladys Knight: Men (Video short)
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 1989 Gladys Knight: Licence to Kill (Video short)
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 1988 A Different World (TV Series)
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- Three Girls Three (1988) ... Gladys Knight
 1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Dr. Donna Robinson
- An Enemy Among Us (1987) ... Dr. Donna Robinson
 1987 Desperado (TV Movie)
Mona Lisa
 1985-1986 Charlie & Co. (TV Series)
Diana Richmond
- Rent and Rave (1986) ... Diana Richmond
- Don't Take My Son... Please (1986) ... Diana Richmond
- When You Least Expect It (1986) ... Diana Richmond
- Rachel and the Stranger (1986) ... Diana Richmond
- Here's Rachel (1986) ... Diana Richmond
 1983 Gladys Knight & The Pips: Save the Overtime (For Me) (Video short)
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 1983 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
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- The Good Life (1983) ... Gladys Knight
 1980 Gladys Knight & The Pips: Bourgie, Bourgie (Video short)
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 1980 Gladys Knight & The Pips: Taste of Bitter Love (Video short)
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 1979 Gladys Knight: Am I Too Late (Video short)
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 1976 Pipe Dreams
Maria Wilson
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Other Works:

Album: "At Last", 2001. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Gladys Knight

Alternate Names:

Gladys Knight & The Pips | Gladys Knight & the Pips | Gladys Knight and The Pips | Gladys Knight and the Pips


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Personal Quote:

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.


Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Gladys Knight and the Pips) in 1996. See more »


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