Shirley Knight dead: Oscar nominated actress and Desperate Housewives star dies aged 83

Shirley Knight, best known for her work in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Sweet Bird of Youth which earned her two Oscar nominations, has died. She 83.

Early this morning April 22nd you passed away, and your sweet soul left us for a better place

Kaitlin Hopkins

According to The Hollywood Reporter, she dies on Wednesday of natural causes at her daughter actress Kaitlin Hopkins’ home, in Texas.

Kaitlin announced her death via social media, taking to Facebook to write a moving tribute to her late mum.

“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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