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Encyclopedia > Amanda Blake
Amanda Blake
Birth name Beverly Louise Neill
Born February 20, 1929(1929-02-20)
Buffalo, New York, USA
Died August 16, 1989 (aged 60)

Amanda Blake (February 20, 1929 - August 16, 1989), was an American actress best known for the role of the red-haired "Miss Kitty" on the longest-running television drama, CBS's Gunsmoke series (1955-1975). is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State County Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... The cast of radios Gunsmoke: Howard McNear (Doc), William Conrad (Matt), Georgia Ellis (Kitty) and Parley Baer (Chester) Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Born Beverly Louise Neill in Buffalo, New York, she was a telephone operator before taking up acting. Nicknamed "The Young Greer Garson," she became best known for her 19-year stint as the fictitious "Kitty Russell". Miss Kitty was owner-operator of the Long Branch Saloon, from which she dispensed wisdom, whiskey, (and though not overtly) boarding room keys and "fancy" women. Like Perry Mason and his secretary Della Street, Kitty and Dodge City's U.S. Marshal, Matt Dillon (played by James Arness) seemingly carried on a cloaked relationship. Blake's Kitty presumably departed Dodge City at the close of the series' 19th season, sans an on-screen farewell. Character actress Fran Ryan (Hanna) assumed ownership of the Long Branch for the twentieth and final season, with little mentioned of Kitty. In the first of three CBS post-series movies ("Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge"), Kitty tells Hanna (Ryan) that she left Dodge to return to New Orleans, as she was no longer willing to watch Matt cheat death another time (Actually, a flashback was created by cleverly editing/integrating footage from a 1970 episode where Kitty left Matt/ Dodge but returned by the epilogue). In real life Blake left in 1974 as she wanted more free time, and missed her friend/costar Glenn Strange who played Kitty's barkeeper Sam. Gunsmoke continued for one more year before CBS cancelled it after its 20th season, much to the surprise of the entire cast, including Arness. Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State County Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Long Branch Saloon is a famous saloon that existed during the Old West days of Dodge City, Kansas. ... Dodge City is an important center for meat packing. ... Marshal Matt Dillon is a fictional character featured on both the radio and television versions of Gunsmoke. ... This biographical article needs additional references for verification. ...


In 1968, Blake was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. This was six years before the legendary John Wayne was inducted in 1974 and more than a decade before co-stars Arness, Ken Curtis, Dennis Weaver, and Milburn Stone were inducted in 1981. Blake was the third performer welcomed into the Hall, after Tom Mix and Gary Cooper, who were inducted in 1958 and 1966 respectively.
Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hall of Great Western Performers is a Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. ... Bronze Wrangler The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a museum and art gallery, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, housing one of the largest collections of: Western, American cowboy, American rodeo, and American Indian; art, artifacts, and archival materials, in the world. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979) was an iconic, Academy Award-winning, American film actor. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Ken Curtis (born July 2, 1916; died April 29, 1991), Singer-Actor, best known as Festus of Gunsmoke fame. ... William Dennis Weaver (June 4, 1924 â€” February 24, 2006) was an Emmy Award-winning actor and was an American television actor, best known for his roles as sidekick Chester Goode from 1955 to 1964 on TVs first adult Western Gunsmoke, as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama... Milburn Stone (July 5, 1904 - June 12, 1980) was an American television actor, best known for his role as Doc (Doctor Galen Adams) on the western television series Gunsmoke. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor of English heritage. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


Because of her continuing role on Gunsmoke, Blake did not appear in many films. She did once manage to find time to appear in a comedy routine with the legendary CBS entertainer Red Skelton She was also a panelist on the long-running Hollywood Squares and "Match Game '74".
Richard Bernard Red Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American comedian whose greatest impact — in a career which began as a teen circus clown and graduated to vaudeville, Broadway, MGM films, and radio — began when he reached television stardom with The Red Skelton Show (NBC, 1951–1952... For the musical group of the same name, see The Hollywood Squares (punk rock group). ...


After Gunsmoke, Blake went into semi-retirement at her home in Phoenix, Arizona, taking on only a few film and TV projects. A lover of animals, she joined with others to form the Arizona Animal Welfare League in 1971, today the oldest and largest "no-kill" animal shelter in the state. In 1980, Blake was diagnosed with a form of mouth cancer. In 1985, she helped finance the start-up of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and devoted a great deal of time and money in support of its efforts, including travels to Africa. Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Dog at a no-kill animal shelter in Washington, Iowa An animal shelter is a facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals; primarily a large variety of dogs and cats. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is an advocacy group for abandoned or abused performing animals as well victims of the exotic animal trade. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


Blake reportedly was a one-time board member of the Humane Society of the United States. [1] In 1997, the Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge [2]opened at Rancho Seco Park in Herald, California. The refuge is a PAWS[3] sanctuary for free-ranging African hoofed wildlife, most of whom were originally destined for exotic animal auctions or hunting ranches. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Herald is an unincorporated rural community located in Sacramento County, California. ... Orders & Clades Order Perissodactyla Eparctocyona Order Arctostylonia (extinct) Order Mesonychia (extinct) Cetartiodactyla Order Cetacea Order Artiodactyla Bulbulodentata (extinct) Family Hyopsodontidae Meridiungulata (extinct) Order Litopterna Notoungulata (extinct) Order Toxodontia Order Typotheria Ungulates (meaning roughly being hoofed or hoofed animal) are several groups of mammals most of which use the tips of... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


The exact cause of Blake’s death is unclear. It was widely reported in the news media that she had died of AIDS[4] and had contracted HIV. In retrospect, it would probably be more accurate to say that an AIDS-defining infection contributed to her death, the underlying cause of which was cancer. A longtime smoker, Blake was diagnosed with mouth cancer and underwent surgery in 1977 (and seven years later was a recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award). [5] According to her doctor, Sacramento internist Dr. Lou Nishimura, she had throat cancer at the time of her death. Miss Blake's death certificate, however, listed the immediate cause as cardiopulmonary arrest due to liver failure and CMV hepatitis , the latter possibly contracted from Mark Spaeth, a developer and City Councilman in Austin, Tex. (He and Blake married in April 1984, and divorced a short time later.) Spaeth, reportedly bisexual, died of pneumonia in 1985 at age 45. A report by television station KRBK in Sacramento, where Miss Blake was a longtime resident, quoted her friends as saying that her death was related to AIDS. In response to this report, Dr. Nishimura said that Blake had suffered from AIDS symptoms for about a year but that he did not know how she had contracted the disease. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... Species see text Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (from the Greek cyto-, cell, and -mega-, large) is a viral genus of the Herpesviruses group: in humans it is commonly known as human herpesvirus 5 (HHV-5). ... In human sexuality, bisexuality describes a man or woman having a sexual orientation to persons of either or both sexes (a man or woman who sexually likes both sexes; people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to both males and females). ...


From Wikipedia:

CMV, is found throughout all geographic locations and socioeconomic groups, and infects between 50% and 80% of adults in the United States as indicated by the presence of antibodies in much of the general population. . . . For most healthy individuals who acquire CMV after birth there are few symptoms. . . . Once a person becomes infected, the virus latently persists in the body for the person's life and can exhaust the immune system at old age, increasing risk of mortality from other diseases. . . . Severe impairment of the body's immune system by medication or disease may reactivate the virus from the latent or dormant state. . . . CMV infection is important to certain high-risk groups. Major areas of risk of infection include pre-natal or post-partum infants and immunocompromised individuals, such as organ transplant recipients, persons with leukemia, or those infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). CMV is considered an AIDS-defining infection, indicating that the T-cell count has dropped to low levels. Species see text Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (from the Greek cyto-, cell, and -mega-, large) is a viral genus of the Herpesviruses group: in humans it is commonly known as human herpesvirus 5 (HHV-5). ...

Acting credits:

Television Appearances: Lili is a musical film which opened in March, 1953. ... A Star Is Born is a 1954 musical remake of the original 1937 film, directed by George Cukor and starring Judy Garland and James Mason. ... In The Glass Slipper, Prince Charles is the son of a Duke. ... High Society is a 1956 musical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in VistaVision with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. ... The Boost is a 1988 romantic drama film about an investor who descends into drug addiction following a financial misfortune. ...

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars was a weekly anthology television series, broadcast Friday nights on CBS from 1951 until 1959. ... Lux Video Theatre was a weekly television series, produced from 1950 until 1959. ... Cavalcade of America was a radio show between 1935 and 1953, pioneered the use of anthology drama for company voice advertising. ... Four Star Playhouse is a television show that ran from 1952 - 1956. ... Screenshot of opening sequence of Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock Presents was a half-hour anthology television series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. ... ... Studio One was an American dramatic television anthology series, sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Corporation. ... General Electric Theater was a half-hour CBS television anthology broadcast every Sunday evening beginning February 1, 1953 and ending May 27, 1962. ... The Love Boat was an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from 1977 until 1986. ... Stefanie Powers & Robert Wagner Lionel Stander & Freeway Hart to Hart was an American television series starring Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart and Stefanie Powers as his wife Jennifer, who lived in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. ... The Edge of Night was a long-running American television soap opera. ...

See also

  • Other notable figures in Western films

External links


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Amanda Blake (born February 20, 1929; died August 16, 1989), was an American actress.
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