Like Shelley Winters before her, Shirley Knight was a sexy '50s starlet who gained weight to become a serious character actress. Shirley was never interested in stardom, anyway. She began as a contract actress in 1958, making the rounds of New York-based television shows like Playhouse 90. Despite two Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations, Shirley was still mainly known as a stage actress when Francis Ford Coppola cast her as a runaway housewife running around in the nude in The Rain People (1969). Knight then concentrated on a London stage career, and her film roles stayed pretty chaste--that is until Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995), in which the big gal went to jail and stripped down for a scene worthy of any women's prison movie. It was a daring scene for an older woman and a typically stellar moment from this always-impressive actress.