Vale: Shirley Knight

Veteran US actress Shirley Knight, who enjoyed a long career on stage and screen, has died aged 83.

According to her daughter Kaitlin Hopkins, Knight died of natural causes on Wednesday in Texas.

She had a prolific career, appearing consistently on stage and in film and television from her 1958 screen debut to 2018. In that time, Knight earned a Tony, three Emmys, and two Best Supporting Actress Oscar nods — for 1960’s The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and 1962’s Sweet Bird of Youth.

She earned five Emmy nominations throughout her career, including for her turn as Phyllis Van De Kamp, the mother-in-law of Marcia Cross’ Bree, on Desperate Housewives.

TV credits included Law & Order, House, Hot in Cleveland, NYPD Blue, Indictment, Thirtysomething, Crossing Jordan, ER, Night Visions, Ally McBeal, The Fugitive, Maggie Winters, Cybill, Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Spenser: For Hire, Barnaby Jones, Medical Story, Marcus Welby MD, The Streets of San Francisco, Alias Smith and Jones, The Virginian, The Outer Limits, Naked City, Surfside 6, Maverick, Hawaiian Eye, 77 Sunset Strip, and Rawhide.

Film credits included As Good As It Gets, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grandma’s Boy, Endless Love, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, and P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!

Knight won a Tony Award in 1976 as best featured actress in a play for “Kennedy’s Children” and was nominated for another in 1997 for best actress in Horton Foote’s “The Young Man From Atlanta.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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