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Overview (4)

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Birth NameGladys Maria Knight
Nickname The Empress of Soul
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 Hollywood Homicide (2003), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and Licence 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.

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 - 1973) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (19)

Won on Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948) at age seven.
She has three children, sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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
Is a 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 Woodlow Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Knight.
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 Knight, and a younger brother, David Knight.
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 on June 27, 1995.
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 which received a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance (Duet). [February 2005]
Born the same exact day as Rudy Giuliani, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Sondra Locke and Billy Vera.
Following the death of her friend Aretha Franklin due to pancreatic cancer in August 2018, she admitted that she is a stage I breast cancer survivor. Due to early detection, she is cancer-free now.

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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