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Gladys Knight is one of the celebrity contestants on Season 14 of ABC's ballroom competition series "Dancing with the Stars" in spring 2012. She joins Tristan McManus, who returns as a professional partner for his second season.

Eight-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. The Georgia-born Knight began performing recitals at age 4 in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church. Three years later, in 1952, she won the grand prize on television's "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour," and the following year she, along with her brother, Bubba, and her cousins, formed The Pips and had their first hit in 1961. In 1962 the group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips. With Knight singing lead and The Pips providing lush harmonies and graceful choreography, the group went on to achieve icon status, recording some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Top 20 hits like "Every Beat of My Heart," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "If I Were Your Woman" set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s, while Top 10 gold-certified singles like "Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye)," "I've Got to Use My Imagination," "Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me" and the No. 1 smash "Midnight Train to Georgia" establishing Gladys Knight & The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world.

All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade. In spring 2012 she released her newest album, featuring the hit "I Who Have Nothing." Most recently Knight appeared in the Tyler Perry film, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself."

A longtime Las Vegas resident, Knight returned to the Strip this past year at the famed Tropicana Hotel for a special engagement that ran in the newly named Gladys Knight Theater, making her the first African-American performer to have a venue named after her in Las Vegas.

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Age: 72 years old
Birthday: May 28, 1944
Height: 5' 3 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Gladys Maria Knight
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Husband: William McDowell (4/12/2001)
Les Brown (8/29/1995 - 1997, divorced)
Barry Hankerson (10/12/1974 - 1979, divorced, 1 child)
James Newman (1960 - 1964, divorced, 2 children)

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