Shirley Enola Knight is an American actress. In her nearly sixty year long career, she has been nominated for two Oscar awards and eight Emmy awards, winning three Emmys. On House, M.D., she portrayed the elderly clinic patient with crushes on both the celebrity Ashton Kutcher and Gregory House in the Season 1 episode Poison.

Knight started off as a contract player with Warner Brothers. She took advantage of breaks between movies to work on television and then became a steadily working actress in both media starting in the late 1950's. She was soon nominated for two Oscars, in 1961 for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and in 1962 for The Sweet Bird of Youth. On television, she won her first Emmy in 1988 for a guest appearance on thirtysomethings, and in 1995 scored a double: a supporting actress award for Indictment: The McMartin Trial, and for a guest appearance on NYPD Blue. The role in Indictment also won her a Golden Globe Award. She received her most recent nomination in 2004 for her role as Bree Van de Kamp's mother on Desperate Housewives. Her over 160 credits also include featured roles in Buckskin, Friendly Persuasion, Return to Earth, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, Endless Love, As Good As It Gets, Maggie Winters, Angel Eyes, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Grandma's Boy, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.


Shirley Knight at IMDB

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