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Amanda Blake

Amanda Blake is an American Television Actress who played the role of Miss Kitty Russell on the western television series Gunsmoke. Amanda Blake has also played roles as Faith Radmore Samuels in the 1950 film Stars In My Crown.

Early Life

Amanda Blake was born in Buffalo, New York, United States on February 20, 1929, and died at the age of 60 years old on August 16, 1989, from multiple health issues. Her father’s name is Louise (née Puckett) Neill and her mother’s name is Jesse Neill.

Her father worked as a Banker. Their Zodiac sign of her is Pisces and she belongs to English and Scottish ethnicity. Further, her birth name is Beverly Louise Neill.

Talking about her family, she was the only child of Louise and Jesse Neill.


Her parents moved to Claremont, California along with her when she was still in high school, and she graduated from Claremont High School.

Later, she enrolled at Pomona College but, due to her avid participation in community and theater productions, she was devoting her time to the acting profession than her schoolwork. However, she completed her education at Amherst Central High School.

Amanda Blake – Net Worth 2023

Speaking up on Amanda Blake’s earnings, she was a famous Television actress who earned a quite considerable sum of money from her work. However, she has not revealed her exact net worth.

But some online resources have estimated her net worth at $500 thousand at the time of her death in 1989.


Reflecting on Amanda’s awards and nominations, she has won many awards. She appeared in the Fictional Television Drama “Gunsmoke” for which she won “Western Heritage Awards” in the year 1967 and 1972 respectively.

Similarly, she also won the “Golden Boot Award” in 1985.

In 1959, she was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Dramatic Series “Gunsmoke”.

She was also awarded the Golden Globes Awards for “Best Supporting Actress – Television” in “Gunsmoke” (1955) in the years 1970, 1971, and 1972 respectively.

Body Measurements

Amanda had an amazing and charming personality with a white skin tone. She looked very cute with her short ginger hair and blue eyes. Similarly, she had a height of 5 feet and 6 inches and a weight of 61 kg.

Her chest-waist-arm measurements are 37-25-37 inches and she had a dress size of 8 US.

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Caption: Amanda Blake posing for a Photoshoot (Source: WorthPoint)

Professional Life and Career

Amanda was interested in the world of acting since her childhood days. She was a telephone operator before she took up acting. She started on a full-time acting schedule, doing summer stock in New England followed by theater and radio acting in Buffalo to movies in Hollywood.

During her acting in stock companies and a small theater, she painted scenery and backdrops. Her debut was in MGM’s Stars in My Crown (1950) and her first television role was in Schlitz Playhouse: Double Exposure (1952).

In 1955, her famous role as Miss Kitty in the classic western series Gunsmoke from 1955 to 1974 made her famous.

She also has played in a few Hollywood films, such as the 1952 western Cattle Town and the role in Miss Robin Crusoe, a 1954 adaptation of the Robinson Crusoe adventure.

She made two feature-film appearances: B.O.R.N and The Boost, a drug-addiction drama starring James Woods, both in 1988.

Similarly, In 1957, she guest-starred in Rod Cameron’s crime drama, State Trooper as Betty Lavon-Coate in the episode titled “Coate of Many Colors”.

In 1968, she also was a part of the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. She was selected as the third performer in 1958 and 1966 after Tom Mix and Gary Cooper.

Likewise, she also appeared on several television shows including a recurring comedy routine on The Red Skeleton Show, comedy appearances on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, and as a panelist on the long-running Tattletales, Hollywood Squares.

She also appeared in the 1970s revival of Match Games.

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Caption: Amanda Blake in her set (Source: Amazon)

Animal Welfare

After Gunsmoke, she went into semi-retirement at her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She took on few film or television projects and rather devoted more time to her animals. She was known for bringing her pet lion named Kemo onto the set of Gunsmoke.

Kemo lived in an animal compound at her home where she and her husband Frank Gilbert ran an experimental breeding program for cheetahs. The couple was one of the first to breed cheetahs successfully in captivity. The duo raised seven generations of cheetahs.

Blake formed the Arizona Animal Welfare League together with others in 1971. Today, it is the oldest and largest “no-kill” animal shelter in the state. Similarly, in 1985, she helped finance the start-up of the Performing Animal Welfare Society.

She devoted a huge deal of time and money in support of this welfare society’s efforts. She also traveled to Africa for it.

Moreover, she reportedly was a one-time board member of the Humane Society of the United States. The Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge opened at Rancho Seco Park in Herald, California in the year 1997.

This provides sanctuary for free-ranging African hoofed wildlife. Most of them were originally destined for exotic animal auctions or hunting ranches.

Declining health and death

She was a heavy cigarette smoker and hence she had surgery for oral cancer in 1977. Also, she became a supporter of the American Cancer Society. She then made fundraising appearances throughout the country.

Moreover, in 1984, she received the society’s annual Courage Award which was presented to her by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Blake died at age 60 on August 16, 1989. She passed away at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, California. Some popular media later reported that she died of AIDS as claimed by Blake’s doctor. Her close friends insisted that she was not a drug user or sexually promiscuous.

Thus, there were chances that she acquired the disease from a former husband. Nevertheless, her official death certificate stated the cause of death as: “Cardio-pulmonary arrest due to liver failure and CMV Hepatitis”.

Relationship Status

Reflecting on Amanda’s relationship status, she was a married woman. She was first married to Don Whitman in the year 1954. They dated for 1 year and 7 months. After marriage, they decide to divorce on 21st August 1956.

She then married a guy named Jason Seymour Day Jr. who was an Australian Golfer. They dated for 1 year and got married on 15th August 1964. Later they divorced on 28th June 1967.

Furthermore, she then started dating Frank Gilbert for 2 months. They got married on 30th Jun 1967 and stayed together for 14 years. Later, she divorced in 1982. Her romantic life was continued with Mark Edward Spaeth, a developer and City Councilman in Austin, Texas.

She married Mark on 28th April 1984 and parted ways a short time later since Mark died of pneumonia in 1985 at the age of 45.

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Caption: Amanda Blake with her Husband (Source: Pinterest)

Amanda Blake – Social Media

During the ’90s there were no social media such as Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook at the time. Therefore, there are no official links to Blake’s social media platforms.