Gladys Knight Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 13 Aug, 2019
Facts of Gladys Knight
Date of Birth: 1944 , May-28
Age: 75 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 4 Inch
Name Gladys Knight
Birth Name Gladys Maria Knight
Nick Name The Empress of Soul
Father Merald Woodlow Knight, Sr.
Mother Sarah Elizabeth Woods
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Ethnicity Black
Profession Actor
Net Worth $28 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Body Measurements Unknown
Famous for singersongwriter and actress
Affair with William McDowell
Boyfriend William McDowell
Married Yes
Married to William McDowell
Children 3
Divorce Yes
Awards Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album
Movies Almost Christmas
TV Show The First Family
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Gladys Knight, known better as the Empress of Soul is a songwriter, singer, as well as an actress, is known best for her musical group named Gladys. Gladys Knight is a versatile personality who has made her name for being a part of the musical group Gladys as well as for her acting endeavors. She is a personality of black ethnicity and her nationality is American.

Early Life and Education of Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight was born on the 28th of May, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia to parents Merald Woodrow Knight and Sarah Elizabeth. She has a brother Merald and a sister Brenda.

Gladys Knight's Career

Gladys Knight's started her career at the age of seven. She participated and won The Original Amateur Hour at the age of seven.

She started off a group named the Pips with her siblings and cousins and had begun touring. The group joined the Midtown Records label in 1966 and released various hit singles as I Heard It Through the Grapevine and much more.

 
 
 
 
 
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The group then joined in with the Buddha labels and obtained fame there too. The Pips also joined with Columbia labels next.

Gladys Knight has also had a solo music career whereby she released the albums like Good Woman and Just For You. Just for You went Gold and she has also had a UK Farewell Tour of in the United Kingdom.

Her acting career started off as a lead in the film Pipe Dreams and then on television series like Benson, The Jeffersons, Charlie, and Co., The Jamie Foxx Show and more. She has also competed in the fourteenth season of Dancing with the Stars.

Gladys Knight's Personal Life

Gladys Knight has been married for a total of four times and has three children from her four marriages. She got married to her high school boyfriend James Newman and the couple has a son named Kimmy and a daughter named Kenya. The couple got a divorce in 1973.

Gladys Knight was married to Barry Hankerson next in 1974. The couple gave birth to a son named Shanga Hankerson and the couple got a divorce in 1981. After this, she got married to Les Brown, a motivational speaker but the couple got a divorce in 1997.

After her divorce from Les Brown, she got married to William McDowell in the year 2001. They have been married since and have great-grandchildren and grandchildren as well.

Gladys Knight's Net Worth 

Gladys Knight has the net worth of approximately $28 million. Her incredible 6-decade long career certainly has helped her earn a fine amount of salary and net worth that has led to this amount of net worth. 

Age, Body Measurements and Other Facts

  • Age: As of 2019, Gladys Knight is 75 years old. 
  • Birth Sign: Gemini
  • Height: The height of Gladys Knight is 5 feet and 4 inches tall.
  • Body Measurements: She has established herself as a style icon and has been followed extensively by her fans.

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