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Shirley Knight Dies: Award-Winning ‘Sweet Bird Of Youth’ Actress Was 83

Shirley Knight Dies: Award-Winning ‘Sweet Bird Of Youth’ Actress Was 83

Shirley Knight, a Tony- and Emmy Award-winning actress whose long and varied career included Oscar-nominated performances in 1960’s The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and 1962’s Sweet Bird of Youth, died today of natural causes at the home of her daughter Kaitlin Hopkins, in San Marcos, TX. She was 83.

In a memorial tribute addressed to Knight and posted on Facebook, Hopkins, an actress, wrote: “Early this morning April 22nd you passed away, and your sweet soul left us for a better place. I was at your side and you went peacefully. To me, you were ‘just mom’, to some you were ‘Miss Knight’, ‘Miss Shirley’, ‘Mama Shirley’ (to my students), ‘Shirl the Girl’ (to your friends), and ‘Shirley Knight’ to your fans.”

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