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Sacramento, California

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Amanda Blake (February 20, 1929 – August 16, 1989) was an American actress best known for the role of the red-haired saloon proprietress "Miss Kitty Russell" on the television western Gunsmoke. She and her third husband Frank Gilbert ran one of the first successful programs for breeding cheetahs in captivity.

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Amanda Blake (born Beverly Louise Neill, February 20, 1929 – August 16, 1989) was an American actress best known for the role of the red-haired saloon proprietress "Miss Kitty Russell" on the television western Gunsmoke. She and her husband Frank Gilbert also ran one of the first successful programs for breeding cheetahs in captivity. Early life and career Amanda Blake was born in Buffalo, New York, the only child of Jesse and Louise (née Puckett) Neill. Her father was a banker, and she was a telephone operator before taking up acting. Catherine ″Kate" Moore Barry (1752-1823), one of her ancestors, was a heroine of the American Revolutionary War. She warned local patriots of Banastre Tarleton's approach, giving them time to group and prepare for the Battle of Cowpens (January 17, 1781), a major American victory which helped pave the way for the British defeat at Yorktown. Blake placed a cameo-sized portrait of Barry owned by her family in the Spartanburg, SC local history museum, where it remains on display to this day. Nicknamed "the Young Greer Garson," she became best known for her 19-year stint as the saloon-keeper Miss Kitty on the television series Gunsmoke from 1955 until 1974. In 1968, Blake was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. She was the third performer inducted, after Tom Mix and Gary Cooper, who were selected in 1958 and 1966 respectively. Because of her continuing role on television, Blake rarely had time for films. She appeared in a TV comedy routine with Red Skelton and was a panelist on the long-running Hollywood Squares and Match Game 74. In 1957, she guest-starred as Betty Lavon-Coate in the episode of "Coate of Many Colors" on Rod Cameron's syndicated series western-themed crime drama, State Trooper. After the Gunsmoke reunion film, she made two film appearance in 1988's The Boost, a drug-addiction drama starring James Woods and Sean Young and B.O.R.N, also in 1988. Blake was scheduled for an appearance in a second reunion film but was too ill to accept the role. Amanda Blake measurements Body shape: Hourglass (explanation) Dress size: 8 Breasts-Waist-Hips: 37-25-37 inches (94-64-94 cm) Shoe/Feet: unknown Bra size: 34C Cup size: C Height: 5’6″ (167 cm) Weight: 135 lbs (61 kg)

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Biography by Hal Erickson [-] Following her training in regional theatre and radio, red-headed actress Amanda Blake was signed by MGM in 1949, where she was briefly groomed for stardom. Among her MGM assignments was 1950's Stars in My Crown, in which she was cast for the first time opposite James Arness. Film fame eluded Amanda, especially after her sizeable role in the 1954 version of A Star is Born was almost completely excised from the release print. By 1955, she had to make do with appearances in such epics as the Bowery Boys' High Society. Amanda's fortunes took a turn for the better later in 1955, when she won the role of Miss Kitty, the euphemistically yclept "hostess" of the Long Branch Saloon on the TV western Gunsmoke, which starred James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon. She remained with Gunsmoke until its next-to-last season in 1974. After Gunsmoke, Amanda went into semi-retirement save for a handful of film projects like the made-for-TV Betrayal (1974), the theatrical releases The Boost (1988) and B.O.R.N (1989), and the 1987 reunion project Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge. Amanda Blake died in 1989 at the age of sixty. http://www.allmovie.com/artist/amanda-blake-p6555 Golden Globes, USA 1972 Nominated Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress - Television Gunsmoke (1955) 1971 Nominated Golden Globe Best TV Actress - Drama Gunsmoke (1955) 1970 Nominated Golden Globe Best TV Actress - Drama Gunsmoke (1955) Primetime Emmy Awards 1959 Nominated Primetime Emmy Best Supporting Actress (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series Gunsmoke (1955) Golden Boot Awards 1985 Won Golden Boot Western Heritage Awards 1972 Won Bronze Wrangler Fictional Television Drama Gunsmoke (1955) Shared with: Leonard Katzman (producer) John Mantley (producer) Jack Miller (writer) Bernard McEveety (director) James Arness (actor) Milburn Stone (actor) Jeanette Nolan (actor) Dack Rambo (actor) Glenn Strange (actor) Buck Taylor (actor) for episode "Pike". 1967 Won Bronze Wrangler Fictional Television Drama Gunsmoke (1955) Shared with: Calvin Clements Sr. (writer) Philip Leacock (producer) John Mantley (producer) Mark Rydell (director) Albert Salmi (actor) Ken Curtis (actor) Milburn Stone (actor) James Arness (actor) For episode "Death Watch". Tied with The Monroes (1966), episode "The Intruders". Date of Birth 20 February 1929, Buffalo, New York, USA Date of Death 16 August 1989, Sacramento, California, USA (AIDS-related hepatitis) Birth Name Beverly Louise Neill Nicknames The Young Greer Garson Kitty Height 5' 6" (1.68 m) Mini Bio (1) Amanda Blake was born in Buffalo, NY, of English and Scottish descent. She and her parents moved to Claremont, California, while Amanda was still in high school, and she graduated from Claremont High. She enrolled at Pomona College but, due to her avid participation in community and theater productions, she was devoting much more time to acting than her schoolwork. Amanda started on a full acting schedule, doing summer stock in New England. She followed that up with theater and radio acting in Buffalo and then movies in Hollywood. While acting in small theater and stock companies she also painted backdrops and scenery. She was still in her teens when she debuted in MGM"s Stars in My Crown (1950), and her first television role was in Schlitz Playhouse: Double Exposure (1952). Her most famous role, however, came in 1955, when she starred in the classic western series Gunsmoke (1955) as "Miss Kitty", the feisty proprietor of Dodge City's Long Branch Saloon opposite James Arness' Marshal Matt Dillon. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Hafker thehuntzie@yahoo.com (qv;s & corrections by A. Nonymous) Spouse (4) Mark Spaeth (28 April 1984 - 1985) (divorced) Frank Gilbert (30 June 1967 - 1982) (divorced) Jason Day (15 August 1964 - 28 June 1967) (divorced) Don Whitman (22 August 1954 - 21 August 1956) (divorced) Trivia (8) In 1971 she joined with others in Phoenix, Arizona, to form the Arizona Animal Welfare League. The AAWL is now the oldest and largest "no-kill" animal shelter in Arizona. In 1976 she hosted the 1st Annual "Sato" Mutt Show in response to all the purebred dog shows. Before making it in show business, she worked as a telephone operator. Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1968. Her death certificate listed the immediate cause of death as cardiopulmonary arrest due to liver failure and cytomegalo virus (CMV) hepatitis. CMV hepatitis is AIDS-related, according to Sacramento (CA) internist Dr. Lou Nishimura. She was believed to have contracted the AIDS virus from her last husband, Mark Spaeth, a member of the city council of Austin, Texas. The openly bisexual Spaeth (1939-1985) also died of complications of the disease. After being forced to undergo oral cancer surgery in 1984, the American Cancer Society awarded her with its Courage Award In 1961 she sold her residual rights to Gunsmoke (1955) for $100,000. Smoked 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day until being diagnosed with oral cancer in 1980. Her second husband, Jason Day, was an Arizona cattleman.


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Posted by Alvin Hardin

Posted 5 years ago

The old black and white gunsmoke shows were the best shows on tv, i was 10 years old when it came on i watch it then and i still watch the old reruns nothing like the old gunsmoke.
Posted by Kitty

Posted 6 years ago

Where oh where can I find out how to turn one of these pictures into a poster? I am a teacher, and the kids call me Miss Kitty. I giggle every time I hear that, and would LOVE a poster of the woman herself on my wall!

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