Shirley Knight

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Shirley Knight BIO

Shirley Knight was an American actress. She was known for multiple feature films, television films, television series, and Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

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Shirley Knight STAGE CREDITS

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]



Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

Lily Dale Kidder




Off-Broadway Revival, 1977
Lieutenant Lillian Holiday





Jenny Zubitsky (Better Luck)



Shirley Knight Movies

[1959]Five Gates to Hell Sister Maria

[1960]Ice Palace Grace Kennedy - Age 16

[1960]The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Reenie Flood

[1962]House of Women Erica Hayden

[1962]The Couch Terry Ames

[1962]Sweet Bird of Youth Heavenly Finley

[1964]Flight from Ashiya Caroline Gordon, Stevenson

[1966]Dutchman Lula

[1966]The Group Polly

[1968]Petulia Polo

[1968]The Counterfeit Killer Angie Peterson

[1969]The Rain People Natalie Ravenna

[1974]Juggernaut Barbara Bannister

[1979]Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Hannah Meredith

[1981]Endless Love Ann

[1982]The Sender Jerolyn

[1983]Prisoners Virginia

[1994]Color of Night Edith Niedelmeyer

[1994]Benders Donna

[1994]The Secret Life of Houses Aunt Fergie

[1995]Stuart Saves His Family Mom

[1996]Diabolique Edie Danziger

[1996]Somebody Is Waiting Irma Gill

[1997]Little Boy Blue Doris Knight

[1997]As Good as It Gets Beverly

[2000]75 Degrees in July Jo Beth Anderson

[2001]Angel Eyes Elanora Davis

[2001]A House on a Hill Mercedes Mayfield

[2002]Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Necie

[2002]The Salton Sea Nancy Plummer

[2002]P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! Aunt Claire

[2004]Sexual Life Joanne

[2006]Grandma's Boy Bea

[2006]Love and Debate Lea

[2006]Open Window Dr. Ann Monohan

[2008]Not Fade Away Diane

[2008]The Other Side of the Tracks Helen

[2009]The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Dot Nadeau

[2009]Paul Blart: Mall Cop Mom

[2010]Listen to Your Heart Grandma Sam

[2011]The Melancholy Fantastic Mor

[2011]Our Idiot Brother Ilene

[2013]Redwood Highway Marie

[2014]Mercy Mercy

[2015]The Missing Girl Mrs. Colvins

[2015]Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Mom

Shirley Knight TV Shows

Desperate Housewives Phyllis Van De Kamp

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rose Granville, Dr. Wharton

Maggie Winters Estelle Winters

Murder, She Wrote Grace Lambert, Grace Fenton

Spenser: For Hire Katie Quirk

Thirtysomething Ruth Murdoch

Shirley Knight Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Actress - Play

Shirley Knight, The Young Man from Atlanta

Drama Desk Awards - 1978 - Outstanding Actress - Play

Shirley Knight, Landscape of the Body

Shirley Knight News

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is Coming to Palace Theater Waterbury in November

Get all the details on the complete casting for 'To Kill a Mockingbird' at Palace Theater Waterbury in November. Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas and original film 'Scout' Mary Badham headline this critically acclaimed production based on Harper Lee's classic novel. Don't miss out on this must-see show!

Cast Announced for Third Season of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Tour; First Look!

The complete cast has been announced for the third touring season of the First National Tour of tTo Kill a Mockingbird. Learn more about the cast and check out all new photos here!

Playwright Robert Patrick Dies At 85

Robert Patrick, aka Robert Patrick O'Connor, writer of poems, lyrics, short stories, novels, and a pioneering playwright known for his contributions to Off-Off Broadway and the Caffe Cino has passed away at the age of 85. He died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles on April 23, 2023 (407 years to the day after Shakespeare's death). 

Miracle Chance, Ellis Kirk & More to Join HEATHERS at The Other Palace This Month

Heathers the Musical, will be ushering in a new cast from 21st February at The Other Palace, with the show now booking until 3 September 2023.

Alison Fraser to Reprise Role in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Off-Broadway; Complete Cast Announced

Ruth Stage has announced that two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden) will reprise her role as ‘Big Mama’, as well as announcing the complete casting for their provocative and controversial modern staging of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Alison Fraser to Lead STRANGER INTERLUDES Industry Reading at Boundless Theater

Boundless Theater announced has that Stranger Interludes, a new play by David James Parr, will receive an industry reading on Friday, November 18th at The Dramatists Guild Foundation, directed by Amanda Bearse (“Married… with Children”, Billy Eichner’s Bros).

Harlem Stage Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: EXAMINED & More

Harlem Stage has announced highlights of its 2022-2023 season, whose centerpiece is a seven-event series devoted to deepening and unpacking understandings of the Black Arts Movement, its intersections with the larger Black Power Movement, and its historic and cultural relevance in today’s America.

REMEMBERING THE FUTURE Will Now Open July 23 At Odyssey Theatre

Sweet Talk Productions has announced new preview and opening dates for the world premiere of Remembering the Future, an existential comedy by Peter Lefcourt.

World Premiere Of REMEMBERING THE FUTURE By Peter Lefcourt Comes To The Odyssey Theatre Next Month

Sweet Talk Productions has announced the world premiere of Remembering the Future, an existential comedy by Peter Lefcourt. Produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners, and directed by Terri Hanauer, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) two-time Emmy Award-winner Michael Corbett, Fatima El-Bashir (Nick Musleh's Love's Labours Lost), David Jahn (General Hospital), Andrew Neaves (The Upshaws on Netflix), and Tarina Pouncy (Fountain Theatre's Human Interest Story, Rogue Machine's Les Blancs).

First Off-Broadway Production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF to Open This July

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, in a new production by Ruth Stage, will play The Theater at St. Clements (423 W. 46th Street) beginning previews July 15, and opening night is set for July 24. The original scheduled run of this production, which had been announced for January, 2022, was postponed due to the ongoing health crisis.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Starring Richard Thomas to Begin Performances at the Kennedy Center in June

The Kennedy Center engagement of To Kill a Mockingbird, Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Tony® winner Bartlett Sher and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, will play the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, June 21–July 10, 2022. Find out how to get tickets, who is in the cast and more.

Complete Casting Announced For TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD National Tour

The complete cast is announced today for the First National Tour of the history-making production of To Kill a Mockingbird, Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin's new play, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher and based on Harper Lee's classic novel. Find out who's in the cast and how to get tickets.

Academy Award- Nominated Actor Sally Kellerman Dead At 84

Actress-singer Sally Kellerman, who achieved worldwide movie fame for her role as Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman's classic 1970 film “M*A*S*H,” with Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, died early this morning (Feb. 24) in her sleep from heart failure at her home in Woodland Hills.  She was 84.  For her iconic role, she was nominated as “Best Supporting Actress” by both the Oscars and Golden Globes.  It was reported by her manager and publicist Alan Eichler.

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival Online Silent Auction Begins November 15

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival's annual online auction, “Menagerie of Holiday Gifts,” (November 15 - December 4) features over 100 gift items for all ages, interests, and budgets.

BWW Interview: At Home with GOLDEN DOOR SCHOLARSHIP Founder Rian Keating

Rian Keating puts himself out on a line when he performs his club acts, but this deaf cabaret singing storyteller also puts himself on a line every day, living the life he wants to and helping those in need... and from the day the teenage Rian arrived in New York City, that's been his way.

Wake Up With BWW 4/23: THE MUSIC MAN Still On Track to Open This Fall, and More!

Today's top stories: The Music Man is still on track to come to Broadway this fall, and more!

Award Winning Actress Shirley Knight Dies at 83

Beloved actress Shirley Knight passed away from natural causes on April 22nd at the home of her daughter, Kaitlin Hopkins, in San Marcos, TX.

World Premiere Drama DUCK Announces Casting

IRT present the World Premiere of DUCK, a new American drama by Tom Block, founding producer of the International Human Rights Art Festival. Directed by Katrin Hilbe, previews begin October 17 at IRT Theater with opening night slated for Thursday, October 24.

One Night Only @ Feinstein's At Vitello's Presents Pamela Shaw In NAUGHTY WITH A BAND

Actor and entertainer Pamela Shaw, traces her journey from an obedient and deferential childhood to the independent and irreverent personality she has become, in this humorous and captivating musical memoir. Through expanded musical numbers and dance, spiced up with witty narrative and film clips, Shaw gets naughtier than ever in her funny, provocative, musically eclectic new show, Naughty with a Band, which comes to Feinstein's at Vitello's in Studio City for One Night Only on September 17 at 8:00 p.m.; doors open for dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The Greenway Court Theatre Presents Pamela Shaw in NAUGHTY WITH A BAND

Celebrated actress and singer Pamela Shaw gets naughtier than ever with her fun, provocative, musically eclectic new show Naughty with a Band. Direct from a critically acclaimed run in Australia, England, and the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, this Los Angeles premiere is a musical melange of pop, blues and rock with a live band.


Shirley Knight has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

Shirley Knight has not appeared in the West End

Shirley Knight has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She received nominations for Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for her role in "The Young Man from Atlanta." She was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for the same production. Knight received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for her performance in "The Cherry Orchard." She was also nominated for Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for her role in "Landscape of the Body." Additionally, Knight received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for her performance in "Kennedy's Children."

Shirley Knight has won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her role in "Kennedy's Children".

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