Broadway and screen actress Shirley Knight died April 22, 2020 in San Marcos, Texas at the age of 83 as a result of natural causes.

She made her Broadway debut in 1964 with the revival of “The Three Sisters”; she went on to appear in “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”, “The Watering Place”, “Kennedy’s Children”, and “The Young Man from Atlanta”.

She made her television debut in 1955 in two episodes of “Playbill”. From there she went on to appear in nearly 200 film and television productions including “Rawhide”, ”Sweet Bird of Youth”, “The Outer Limits”, “The Virginian”, “Alias Smith and Jones”, “Medical Center”, “Kennedy’s Children”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Law & Order”, “Maggie Winters”, “ER”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “House”, “Desperate Housewives”, the “Paul Bart: Mall Cop” films, “Hot in Cleveland”, and her final role in 2018 at age 81 in “Periphery”.

As herself, Knight appeared in award shows, talk shows, and documentaries.

Her accomplishments include three Emmy Awards, a Tony Award for her role in “Kennedy’s Children”, and two Golden Globe Awards,

She was born Shirley Enola Knight July 5, 1936 in Goessel, Kansas but grew up in Mitchell and Lyons, Kansas. She began studying opera at age eleven and later became a member of the Actor’s Studio.

Predeceased by her husband John, Knight’s survivors include her daughters Kaitlin, Sophie and stepdaughter Justine.


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