Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight

Highest Rated: 75% Twenty Bucks (1993)

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

Filmography

Movies

Credit
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% 63% 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 No Score Yet Extra Guest 2020
No Score Yet 74% Hawaii Five-0 Ella Grover (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Music Performer,
Guest
2017-2018
No Score Yet 76% Lee Daniel's Star Herself (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Family Grandma Carolyn (Character) 2012-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2015
No Score Yet 79% Hot in Cleveland Miss Shonda (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2013-2014
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Apollo Live Judge 2012 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2013
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2012
No Score Yet 42% Dancing With the Stars Music Performer,
Contestant
2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet ES.TV Guest 2009
No Score Yet 80% Tyler Perry's House of Payne Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man v. Food Self 2008-2009
78% 93% 30 Rock Gladys Knight (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 90% Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 35% 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 Living Single 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