Shirley Knight

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Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight 1960s.JPG
Shirley Knight in 1963
Born Shirley Knight
(1936-07-05) July 5, 1936 (age 78)
Goessel, Marion County
Kansas, USA
Other names Shirley Knight Hopkins
Alma mater Wichita State University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959–present
Spouse(s) Gene Persson (1959–69) 1 child[1]
John Hopkins (1969–98) (his death) 1 child

Shirley Knight Hopkins (born July 5, 1936) is an American stage, film, and television actress. She has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in 1960 for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and in 1962 for Sweet Bird of Youth, eight times for Emmy Awards (winning three), and has also netted a Golden Globe and Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her role in the 1967 film Dutchman.

Personal life[edit]

Knight was born in Goessel in Marion County in east central Kansas, the daughter of Virginia (née Webster) and Noel Johnson Knight, an oil company executive.[2] Knight was married twice, to Gene Persson from 1959 until they divorced in 1969, and to John Hopkins from 1969 until his death in 1998. She has two daughters, actress Kaitlin Hopkins and elementary school teacher Sophie Hopkins.

Career[edit]

Knight's feature films include The Group (1966), The Dutchman (1966), Petulia (1968), The Rain People (1969) and As Good as It Gets (1997), and Elevator (2011), in which she plays one of several people trapped in a Wall Street elevator with a bomber.

Knight was cast in 1958 and 1959 as Mrs. Newcomb in twenty of the thirty-nine episodes of the NBC western television series, Buckskin, with Tom Nolan, Sally Brophy, and Mike Road. She became a Warner Brothers Television contract star who while on breaks filming movies appeared in such WB television series as Maverick ("The Ice Man" episode with Jack Kelly), 77 Sunset Strip, Bourbon Street Beat, Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, and The Roaring 20s.[3]

A life member of The Actors Studio,[4] Knight's stage credits include Three Sisters (1964), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1966), Kennedy's Children (1975), which earned her the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (1979). She was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play twice, for Landscape of the Body and The Young Man from Atlanta, which also garnered her a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play. She also appeared, with Alison Fraser, in Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, (2009) an original play by legendary playwright, Arthur Laurents.

Her many television credits include Target: The Corruptors!, The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive, The Virginian, thirtysomething, The Invaders, The Reporter, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Maggie Winters, House M.D., Crossing Jordan, Cold Case, ER and Hot in Cleveland, among others, in addition to television movies such as Indictment: The McMartin Trial, for which she won both the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Her guest performance in thirtysomething earned her a 1988 Emmy for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series. She won another Emmy in 1995 for her guest performance in the NYPD Blue episode "Large Mouth Bass".

She appeared in the first segment of If These Walls Could Talk. She has also had a recurring role on Desperate Housewives as Bree Hodge's annoying former mother-in-law, Phyllis Van de Kamp, mother of Bree's first husband, Rex Van de Kamp (Steven Culp). She also appeared in a popular episode from the original The Outer Limits series, "The Man Who Was Never Born".

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1958-1959 Buckskin Mrs. Newcomb 20 episodes
1959 Five Gates to Hell Sister Maria
1960 Ice Palace Grace Kennedy Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Reenie Flood Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female
1961 The Roaring 20s Ellie Hollis Episode "Big Town Blues"
1962 The Couch Terry Ames
Sweet Bird of Youth Heavenly Finley Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
House of Women Erica Hayden
1963 The Outer Limits Noel Anderson Episode: The Man Who Was Never Born
1964 Flight from Ashiya Caroline Gordon/Stevenson
1966 The Group Polly
1967 Dutchman Lula Volpi Cup for Best Actress
The Outsider Peggy Leydon
1968 Shadow Over Elveron Joanne Tregaskis
The Counterfeit Killer Angie Peterson
Petulia Polo Laurel Award for Best Female Supporting Performance
1969 The Rain People Natalie Ravenna
1971 Secrets Beatrice
1974 The Country Girl Georgie Elgin
Juggernaut Barbara Bannister
1975 Friendly Persuasion Eliza Birdwell
Medical Story Phyllis Lenahan
1976 Return to Earth Joan Aldrin
21 Hours at Munich Anneliese Graes
1978 The Defection of Simas Kudirka Genna Kudirka
1979 Champions: A Love Story Barbara Harlich
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Hannah Meredith
1980 Playing for Time Frau Lagerfuhrerin Maria Mandel Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1981 Prisoners Virginia
Endless Love Ann Butterfield Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1982 Kennedy's Children Carla
The Sender Jerolyn
1984 With Intent to Kill Edna Reinecker
1987-1990 Thirtysomething Ruth Murdoch Episodes: The Parents Are Coming and Arizona
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1988)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1990)
1989 The Equalizer Kay Episode: Time Present, Time Past
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1991 Bump in the Night Katie
Shadow of a Doubt Mrs. Potter
To Save a Child Rinda Larson
Law & Order Melanie Cullen Episode: The Wages of Love
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1992)
1993 L.A. Law Belinda Collins Episode: Hello and Goodbye
When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn Edna Larson
Angel Falls Edie Wren Cox
A Mother's Revenge Bess Warden
1994 The Secret Life of Houses Aunt Fergie
Benders Donna
Color of night Edith Niedelmeyer
1995 Children of the Dust Aunt Bertha TV miniseries
NYPD Blue Agnes Cantwell Episode: "Large Mouth Bass"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Stuart Saves His Family Mom - The Smalley Family
Indictment: The McMartin Trial Peggy Buckey Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1996 Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden Sally Ann
Diabolique Edie Danziger
If These Walls Could Talk Mary Donnelly
Somebody Is Waiting Irma Cill
1997 As Good as It Gets Beverly Connelly Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Little Boy Blue Doris Knight
1998 The Wedding Gram Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
A Father for Brittany Donna Minkowitz
1998-1999 Maggie Winters Estelle Winters 16 episodes
2000 75 Degrees in July Jo Beth Anderson
2001 My Louisiana Sky Jewel Ramsey
Angel Eyes Elanora Davis
2002 The Salton Sea Nancy Plummer
P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! Aunt Claire
Ally McBeal Helen Apple Episode: Homecoming
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Necie Rose Kelleher
ER Mrs. Burke Episode: Insurrection
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rose Granville Episode: Tragedy
A House on a Hill Mercedes Mayfield
2004 Crossing Jordan Frances Littleton Episode: Most Likely
2005 House Georgia Adams Episode: Poison
Sexual Life Joanna
2006 Grandma's Boy Bea
Open Window Ann
Thanks to Gravity Lea
2005-2007 Desperate Housewives Phyllis Van De Kamp 5 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2006)
2008 The Other Side of the Tracks Helen
Not Fade Away Diane
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Margaret Blart
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Dot Nadeau
Drop Dead Diva Millie Carlson Episode: Dead Model Walking
2010 Hot in Cleveland Loretta Episode: Meet the Parents
Listen to Your Heart Grandma Sam
2011 Elevator Jane Redding
Our Idiot Brother Ilene Rochlin
The Melancholy Fantastic Mor
2013 Redwood Highway (film) Marie Vaughn
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Margaret Blart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Variety, June 20, 2008
  2. ^ Film Reference biography
  3. ^ http://classictvhistory.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/an-interview-with-shirley-knight/
  4. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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