Shirley Knight Hopkins (July 5, 1936 – April 22, 2020) was an American movie, stage and television actress. Knight was born in Goessel, Kansas.
Knight was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Sweet Bird of Youth. She played Ruth in the TV show Thirtysomething, Edith Niedelmeyer in Color of Night and Edie Danziger in Diabolique.
She also starred as Phyllis Van De Kamp in Desperate Housewives. Knight also played Mrs. Blart in Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
She won a Golden Globe, a Tony and three Emmy Awards.
Knight died of natural causes on April 22, 2020, at her daughter’s home in San Marcos, Texas. She was 83.