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AMANDA BLAKE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Amanda Blake was born on August 20th, 1929 in Buffalo, New York with the birth name Beverly Louise Neill.  She first began working as a telephone operator before deciding to take up a career in acting.
 
She later became most well known for her most famous role on the television series, "Gunsmoke" (1955-1974) as Miss Kitty.  Other television roles she added to her resume throughout her career were roles on, "The Red Skelton Hour", "Hollywood Squares" and "State Trooper".
 
Although most of her acting jobs were related to television roles she did appear in a couple films such as, "The Boost" (1988)
 
For the most part, Blake retired from the industry in the late 70's only returning for a couple small roles.  She relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and formed the Arizona Animal Welfare League in 1971 which is a no kill facility.  She was also at one point in her life a board member of the Humane Society of the United States.
 
She was later inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  Throughout her lifetime she was married numerous times.  Her first husband was Don Whitman whom she wed in 1954 and divorced just two years later.  She then married Jason Day in 1964 and again this marriage was short lived only lasting three years.  Her third husband was Frank Gilbert whom she wed in 1967 and divorced later in 1982.  Her fourth and final time to marry was to Mark Spaeth in 1984 and this marriage only lasted one year.
 
In 1980 she was diagnosed with a form of mouth cancer, however she continued to work in the industry with some of her latest roles on, "The Boost" (1988) and her final role on television, "Dragnet" (1989).
 
On August 16th, 1989, Blake passed away in Sacramento, California after suffering from liver failure that was caused by viral hepatitis which happened to be related to AIDS.
 

Filmography

1989 Dragnet 
1988 The Boost
1988 B.O.R.N.
1987 Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge 
1986 Brothers
1986 The Wildest West Show of the Stars 
1984 The Edge of Night 
1983 Hart to Hart 
1979 The Love Boat
1976 The Quest
1974 Betrayal
1955-1974 Gunsmoke 
1966 Clown Alley 
1957-1963 The Red Skelton Hour
1959 G.E. True Theater
1959 Steve Canyon
1958 Studio One in Hollywood 
1957 State Trooper
1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents 
1955 High Society 
1955 The Glass Slipper 
1954 Four Star Playhouse 
1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba
1954 A Star Is Born 
1954 About Mrs. Leslie
1953-1954 Fireside Theatre
1954 Miss Robin Crusoe
1953 Cavalcade of America
1953 Sabre Jet
1953 Lux Video Theatre 
1953 Lili 
1952 Cattle Town
1952 Schlitz Playhouse 
1952 Scarlet Angel 
1951 The Family Secret
1951 Sunny Side of the Street 
1951 Criminal Lawyer
1951 Never Trust a Gambler
1951 China Corsair 
1951 Smuggler's Gold 
1950 Counterspy Meets Scotland Yard
1950 Duchess of Idaho
1950 Stars in My Crown





Matinee Classics - Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone
Matinee Classics - Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone
Matinee Classics - Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone
Matinee Classics - Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone
Matinee Classics - Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone
Matinee Classics - Beverly Louise Neill aka Amanda Blake
Matinee Classics - Scarlet Angel starring Yvonne De Carlo, Rock Hudson, Richard Denning, Whitfield Connor, Bodil Miller, Amanda Blake, Henry O'Neill, Henry Brandon, Maude Wallace, Dan Riss and Tol Avery
Matinee Classics - The Adventures of Hajji Baba starring John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Rosemarie Bowe, Amanda Blake, Paul Picerni, Donald Randolph, Thomas Gomez, Pat Sheehan, Joanne Arnold, Pat Lawler, Peter Mamakos, Kurt Katch, Leo Mostovoy, Joanne Arnold, Veronica Pataky, Linda Danson, Robert Bice and Carl Milletaire


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