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Suzanne Savoy: Living In the Shadow of 'The Knick'


September 04, 2014 --

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --While researching her role for Cinemax's medical drama The Knick, Suzanne Savoy discovered the original hospital building a mere ten blocks from her apartment in Upper Manhattan. Now converted into a seniors' residence, The Knickerbocker Hospital started out as a Civil War tent hospital.

Actress Suzanne Savoy and the original Knickerbocker Hospital in Upper Manhattan. (Photo: Joe Silver)

Chatting with friend Betty Nesbitt on the front steps of an early-nineteenth-century apartment building, Savoy learned that many of the residents in her Hamilton Heights neighborhood were treated at The Knickerbocker Hospital up until the late 1970's. "I'd take my son in to get stitches when he got hurt on the playground across the street," said Mrs. Nesbitt. Another neighbor, Butch Harris, remembers being treated in the Knickerbocker's emergency room while Charles Bronson shot scenes for the film Death Wishelsewhere in the building.

Savoy says that although the writers of Soderbergh's graphic medical drama have set The Knick in lower Manhattan, the architecture and historical detail are authentic. "I get a little put out when reviewers call the hospital fictitious," she admits. "It really did exist and was an important part of this area's history--and to people who still live here. I get a kick out of the fact that I've been walking my dog past The Knick for years, and now I'm shooting a series about it."

Savoy is set for season two of The Knick in her role as wealthy hospital benefactress Victoria Robertson, mother to Juliet Rylance's character Cornelia. She'll also be seen in the September 25th series premiere of ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, starringViola Davis.

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Suzanne and neighbor Betty Harris with her dog DJ.  Betty's son was treated at The Knickerbocker Hospital. (Photo: Joe Silver)

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