Shirley Knight, ‘The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs’ And ‘Kennedy’s Children’ Actress, Dies At 83 – Two-time Oscar nominated actress Shirley Knight, who was known for her performance in “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” “Sweet Bird of Youth,” “Dutchman” and “Kennedy’s Children,” has died at her daughter’s home in San Marcos, Texas on April 22, 2020.
Shirley Knight, ‘The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs’ And ‘Kennedy’s Children’ Actress, Dies At 83 | Shirley Knight Cause Of Death:
Shirley Knight, who appeared in more than 50 feature films, television movies, television series, and Broadway and Off-Broadway productions in her career playing leading and character roles, died Wednesday of natural causes at the home of her daughter, actress Kaitlin Hopkins, in San Marcos, Texas. She was 83.
A memorial service for Shirley Knight Hopkins will be held in early 2021 in Los Angeles.
Born on July 5, 1936 in Goessel, Kansas, Shirley Knight raised in nearby Mitchell, a town with 13 houses, a two-room schoolhouse and a church.
Shirley Knight, who was the daughter of Virginia (née Webster) and Noel Johnson Knight, an oil company executive, began studying to be an opera singer at age 11.
Shirley Knight began her acting career under contract at Warner Brothers Studios in 1955
Shirley Knight, then trained in acting with Jeff Corey, Erwin Piscator, Lee Strasberg, and Uta Hagen at HB Studio.
In the 1960s, Shirley Knight had leading roles in a number of Hollywood movies such as The Couch (1962), House of Women (1962), The Group (1966), The Counterfeit Killer (1968), and The Rain People (1969). She received the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her role in the British film Dutchman (1966).
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Knight has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress: for “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” (1960) and “Sweet Bird of Youth” (1962).
In 1976, Shirley Knight won a Tony Award for her role in Kennedy’s Children.
Shirley Knight won Emmy in 1995 for her guest performance in the NYPD Blue episode “Large Mouth Bass” and also her guest performance in thirtysomething earned her a 1988 Emmy for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series.
Shirley Knight also appeared in Petulia (1968), Secrets (1971), Juggernaut (1974), Endless Love (1981) — as Brooke Shields’ mom — Color of Night (1994), Diabolique (1996), As Good as It Gets (1997), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002), Grandma’s Boy (2006), Our Idiot Brother (2011), Redwood Highway (2013) and Mercy (2014).
American actor and producer Gene Persson married Shirley Knight in 1959, but they divorced in 1969. The couple had one child, actress Kaitlin Hopkins, who was born February 1, 1964.
Knight was married to English writer John Hopkins from 1969 until his death in 1998. The pair also had one child, elementary school teacher Sophie C. Hopkins.
Shirley Knight is survived by her stepdaughter, Justine Hopkins, and her two daughters, Sophie Jacks and Kaitlin Hopkins.