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      Gladys Knight

      Gladys Knight

      Highest Rated: 91% Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 30% Hollywood Homicide (2003)

      Birthday: May 28, 1944

      Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

      Often known by the well-deserved nickname "The Empress of Soul," Gladys Knight was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1944. She and her brother, sister, and cousins were still just children when they first formed the band the Pips and began performing at local talent shows, but their endeavors would prove to be more than a mere passing interest. After a few lineup changes, the group signed with Brunswick Records in 1957 and began releasing singles, scoring their first hit in 1961 with "Every Beat of My Heart." They would eventually sign with Motown and later Buddha Records, where they found even greater success on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts throughout the late '60s and '70s with songs like "If I Were Your Woman," "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," and "Midnight Train to Georgia." At the same time, Knight nurtured an interest in acting, appearing alongside her real-life then-husband Barry Hankerson in the film "Pipe Dreams" (1976). Knight also cultivated a solo career, releasing her first album without the Pips, Miss Gladys Knight, in 1978. Knight would return to acting in 1985 with a starring role on the series "Charlie & Co." (CBS, 1985-86), but when the series did not receive a second season, she returned to music, recording the Pips' final album, All Our Love in 1987. Knight would continue to release solo material in the coming years, recording the title track for the soundtrack to the James Bond movie "License to Kill" in 1989. She would also continue to act, memorably appearing in the ensemble film "Twenty Bucks" (1993) and taking on the recurring role of Janice on "The Jamie Foxx Show" (WB, 1996-2001). In 2019, Knight came in third on the series "The Masked Singer" (Fox, 2019-), where she was revealed to be the Bee.

      Highest rated movies

      Twenty Bucks
      Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself
      Almost Christmas
      Hollywood Homicide

      Photos

      Gladys Knight at arrivals for 2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals 1, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA October 9, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Gladys Knight at arrivals for Paley Center Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television, The Paley Center for Media, New York, NY May 13, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Gladys Knight at arrivals for The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2014 - Part 3, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY June 8, 2014. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Gladys Knight at arrivals for NAACP Image Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA February 1, 2013. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection PIPE DREAMS, Barry Hankerson (left), Gladys Knight (center), 1976 PIPE DREAMS, Barry Hankerson, (left), Gladys Knight, (right), 1976 PIPE DREAMS, Bobbi Shaw, Barry Hankerson, Gladys Knight, 1976 The Chew, Michael Symon (L), Gladys Knight (C), Clinton Kelly (R), 09/26/2011, ©ABC The Chew, Gladys Knight, 09/26/2011, ©ABC The Chew, Carla Hall (L), Gladys Knight (R), 09/26/2011, ©ABC PIPE DREAMS, Gladys Knight, Barry Hankerson, 1976 LICENSE TO KILL, Gladys Knight, who wrote the theme song, 1989, © United Artists American Idol, Gladys Knight, 06/11/2002, ©FOX American Idol, Gladys Knight, Season 6, 1/16/2007, ©FOX The Chew, Gladys Knight, 09/26/2011, ©ABC The Chew, Gladys Knight, 09/26/2011, ©ABC The Chew, Gladys Knight (L), Carla Hall (R), 09/26/2011, ©ABC The Chew, Carla Hall (L), Gladys Knight (R), 09/26/2011, ©ABC PIPE DREAMS, Barry Hankerson, Gladys Knight, Bruce French, 1976 The Chew, Michael Symon (L), Gladys Knight (C), Clinton Kelly (R), 09/26/2011, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 42% I'm Glad It's Christmas Cora Ross (Character) - 2022
      91% 100% Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over Self - 2021
      49% 64% Almost Christmas Shelter Director Dorothy (Character) $42.0M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Seasons of Love Ms. Angie (Character) - 2014
      61% 81% Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself Wilma (Character) $51.7M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unbeatable Harold Phyllis (Character) - 2006
      30% 27% Hollywood Homicide Olivia Robidoux (Character) $30.0M 2003
      75% 61% Twenty Bucks Mrs. McCormac (Character) $30.7K 1993
      No Score Yet 60% Desperado Mona Lisa (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pipe Dreams Maria Wilson (Character) - 1976

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 10% The View Music Performer 2023
      No Score Yet 70% Hawaii Five-0 Ella Grover (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Music Performer,
      Guest
      2017-2018
      No Score Yet 74% Lee Daniel's Star Herself (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 89% Hot in Cleveland Miss Shonda (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Apollo Live Judge 2012 2014
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Music Performer,
      Contestant
      2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tyler Perry's House of Payne Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man v. Food Self 2008-2009
      78% 92% 30 Rock Gladys Knight (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Herself (Guest Star) 1983